HopStop: Claremont

HopStops Hop to Claremont!

Check out the HopStop Home for Claremont, click HERE.

Check out upcoming HopStops events, and save them to your calendar: Claremont HopStop Calendar

Hopstop event in Claremont, New Hampshire Copyright 2014 by Rob Strong

Hopstop event in Claremont, New Hampshire
Copyright 2014 by Rob Strong

The popular HopStop Family Series—entertaining, hands-on, free programs introducing the youngest audiences to the wonders of the performing arts—is expanding to Claremont this season in a pilot program that’s part of the Hop’s Community Venture Initiative (CVI).

Starting in September, in addition to performing at the series’ usual location in the Hop’s Alumni Hall in Hanover, NH, at 11 a.m., HopStop artists will head south to Claremont for a 3 pm performance at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South St., Claremont. Subsequent shows take place monthly in October and February through May. The Claremont shows are being produced by the Hop through a new partnership with the Claremont Recreation and Parks Department and West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts.

Like the Hanover shows, the Claremont HopStops invite audience members to sit up close to the performers on the carpeted floor (with chairs provided for those who prefer them), participate in the performance, and get to know the performers and see their instruments, props and costumes up close in informal post-show meet-and-greets. Shows last one hour, are geared for children ages 3 and up with an accompanying adult, and are free and open to the public; no ticket or registration is required. The doors open at 2:30 pm. Visit the Hopkins Center Hopstop page on the web: click HERE

The Claremont performances are at 3 pm, at the CSB Community Center


Claremont HopsStops are one of three new CVI programs beginning this fall. Others are the Community Ticket Program, which works with community partners to enable a more diverse group of Upper Valley residents to attend Hop events; and the Halloween-o-thon, a horror film competition for middle and high school students, operated in partnership with White River Junction-based Community Access TV (CATV). Previous CVI projects include last winter and spring’s Radical Jewelry Makeover, a “community mining” and sustainable jewelry-making project; and May’s Bash the Trash, in which community members of all ages made instruments of recycled materials and performed together in four “trash mob” concerts.

Currently midway through a three-year grant, CVI provides new opportunities for Upper Valley residents of all ages to create, access and explore the arts. CVI projects are pilot programs intended to identify opportunities for future community engagement and partnerships.

CVI builds on the Hop’s commitment, over its 52-year history, to community-oriented programs involving a strong network of local organizational partners, as well as ideas generated by the Hop’s Class Divide Project, a three-year initiative that examined socio-economic class via the arts. The project aims, over three years, to test new ideas for expanding community access to Hop programming and implement the most promising ones on a long-term basis. The project is funded by a challenge grant from Jane’s Trust, with major matching gifts from Jane and Peter McLaughlin, The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, the Neda Nobari Foundation, Nini and Rob Meyer, Jenny and Stan Williams and Norwich Partners.


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Founded in 1962, the Hopkins Center for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary academic, visual and performing arts center dedicated to uncovering insights, igniting passions, and nurturing talents to help Dartmouth and the surrounding Upper Valley community engage imaginatively and contribute creatively to our world. Each year the Hop presents more than 300 live events and films by visiting artists as well as Dartmouth students and the Dartmouth community, and reaches more than 22,000 Upper Valley residents and students with outreach and arts education programs. After a celebratory 50th-anniversary season in 2012-13, the Hop enters its second half-century with renewed passion for mentoring young artists, supporting the development of new work, and providing a laboratory for participation and experimentation in the arts.

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