The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts recognized four businesses and one individual at a May 14 ceremony, honoring them for their outstanding support of the arts in New Hampshire. TD Bank, The Provident Bank, Boothby Therapy Services and Heartwood Media were all honored at the Manchester gala for their support of the arts in their communities and statewide through donations of time, money and resources.About 325 people attended the 28th annual celebration, which featured performances by the Nashua Flute Choir, Portsmouth Poet Laureate John-Michael Albert and the Ukulele Social of the Manchester Community Music School, as well as highlights from "Side by Side by Sondheim" performed by members of the Acting Loft.TD Bank was lauded for its support of the Currier Museum of Art exhibition "Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography," as well as other significant statewide support of the arts.The Provident Bank received accolades for its "Lobby for Arts" exhibitions in its bank facilities and support to other Seacoast area arts organizations, including the Seacoast Artists' Association, New Hampshire Film Festival, The Music Hall and American Independence Museum.Boothby Therapy Services, a Laconia-based speech therapy practice, was cited primarily for its support of the Winnipesauke Playhouse and for incorporating the arts into therapy projects.Heartwood Media, a Manchester-based audio and video production and editing company, was credited for its annual program of creating a free video for a New Hampshire nonprofit and choosing the Concord Community Music School for its project.Jamie Trowbridge of Dublin was presented with the committee's Leadership Award for his long, distinguished record of promoting and investing in the New Hampshire arts community. Trowbridge is on the board of The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough and Arts Alive! in Keene.Winners received a framed painting by New Hampshire artist Sheri Hancock-Tomek of Hanover.Corporate sponsors were Citizens Bank, FairPoint Communications, Hypertherm, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, People's United Bank, PSNH, TD Bank and Winthrop Charitable Gift Fund.Event supporters were Concord Hospital, The Duprey Companies, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Law Firm and Stibler Associates.
This article appears in the May 18 2012 issue of New Hampshire Business Review