Diamond Arts Heroes: Become a member; upcoming art and music programs

We’ve been quiet over here for a while, but we’ve missed all your smiling faces. January and February are the planning and grant writing months for WCCMA, but now things are starting to get rolling!

NEW! Become a MEMBER, and get great perks

There are big things coming for WCCMA, and among them is the start of our 10th Season. Can you believe it has been 10 years since the Summer Concert Series began? In honor of the big things to come, we are asking you to help us make magic. Please consider becoming a WCCMA member today. We have special prizes for the first 5 people who sign up as members (if you are mailing in your membership, just send us an email and we’ll get you entered).

We were hoping this roll out would be all celebration, but with recent news about the federal blue print budget we find that these membership will become even more important.  We have been concentrating on a pretty huge expansion coming down the road (we can’t tell you just yet what the details are; you’ll hear more later this year), but if the National Endowment for the Arts is eliminated WCCMA will be hurt badly. As it stands, in 2016 WCCMA received 18% of it’s annual budget from funds connected to the NEA (through grants from the NH State Council on the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts). Nearly all of that money was for youth education programs like our annual taiko residency and music lessons for kids. This year we have, or will, apply for more than double that program funding. That is a pretty huge gap to hurdle. For context, here’s a breakdown of our income sources by percentage that were used to provide programs for 2500+ people, and support 155 artists:

2016 Actual Budget

Business Sponsorships: 18%
Program donations (donations at the door): 9%
Private donations: 9%
Grants and Corporate Contributions: 54%
Fundraising: 11%

If even half the supporters on our mailing list signed up for standard memberships that would go a long way towards helping to preserve the programs you love during this milestone year.

The good news is that we have some swag, so the first 5 new membership registrants will also receive a free gift. It could be a logo bag, a T-Shirt, or some artwork made by workshop participants. Your first chance to use your membership benefits is coming up this month, followed by several more.


Here’s what’s coming up

Folk Art Painting Workshop (3 weeks of sessions)

March 26, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Union Episcopal Church Hall

Paint your own “funky” wooden organ pipe in the folk art style. Instructor Ernie Perry will lead participants through the process of selecting designs, sketching your idea on the organ pipe, and painting it to it’s final form. The finalpiece makes great wall art for you home.

Classes will be in 3 session:
March 26 at 1:00pm
April 2 at 1:00pm
April 9th at 1:00pm

We are committed to providing access to the arts for all, and not having registration costs be a barrier to participating. Tuition Aid is available upon request, register below and contact melissa@wcc-ma.org

More information

HopStop: Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble

April 8, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

The Akwaaba Ensemble brings African drumming and dance to vivid life with the rhythms and styles of different tribal groups from West Africa. The ensemble is led by master percussionist and teacher Theophilus Nii Martey who began studying traditional African music during his childhood in Ghana. The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means “Welcome” in the Akan language of Ghana. Feel free to get up and move!

More information

HopStop: Dancers’ Corner

May 13, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

This White River Junction, VT, dance studio presents dancers of all ages performing their best moves in ballet, jazz, hip hop and more. A fun and easy introduction to the joys of dance for the very young—try it out for yourself and dance along.

More information


Save the Date! Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon – May 20, 2016 Stay tuned for more information

Food, Music, Art, and more in October!

October is a busy month of events, we hope that you can make it for these great programs:

Harvest Festival at Union Church
October 8, 5pm – 6:30pm; Adults $10
133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
A delicious meal of Norwegian Meatballs and homemade pies by our sponsor and host Union – St. Luke’s Church. This community event helps support the facilities that WCCMA calls home, as well as the generous sponsorship Union Church provides to WCCMA each year. You’ll see volunteers from all across the area helping out and dining at this popular meal.


28805431550_0942413620Bassel and the Supernaturals – Blues and Funk from Chicago
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
October 10, 2016 @ 7PM
By Donation

Chicago’s popular indie-funk band and SXSW performer brings a 7 piece band for a night of soul in Claremont.
Bassel & The Supernaturals is an eclectic ensemble based in Chicago, IL led by the soulful vocals of Syrian-American songwriter Bassel Almadani. MORE INFO

raven-988218_1920Make your own Trick or Treat Bag
Oct 16 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
At this fun event kids will have the opportunity to paint and construct their own custom Trick or Treat bag! For Ages 10 and up, kids will choose their desired image and paint with acrylics. Registration required, MORE INFO


Multicultural Buffet
Oct 29 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
$10 for Adults
A delicious buffet meal featuring dishes from around the world (and our backyard). reservations appreciated: melissa@wcc-ma.org



_MG_7309The Art of the Duo: Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne
Oct 29 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Sri Lankan pianist Dinuk Wijeratne offer a beautiful, and at times haunting performance of their original compositions. MORE INFO

Sunday: Basic Jewelry Workshop – register now!

Join us for Jewelry Basics: Learn to make Earrings and Bracelets

beads-1154227_1920Sunday at 1pm: A how-to workshop with Erika Konkel that will teach you to make a bracelet and earrings. Basic supplies are included in the registration fee, and participants are welcome to bring their own beads. Family discounts are available, as are tuition waivers (upon request).

Sets of jewelry making tools will be available for sale upon request for those who would like to take them home. Tools will be provided during the class time. Suggested donation $20, includes supplies. Full info here.

Also coming up, don’t miss these fantastic concerts:
Newmont Military Band, October 2nd
Bassel and the Supernaturals (Blues and Funk), October 10th
The Art of the Duo, Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne, October 29th