A State Known For The Outdoors Wants To Show Its Other Side

Nov 13, 2012

Van McLeod, the commissioner of the state's Department of Cultural Resources, left, and Tai Freligh of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development met in the Littleton Opera House with those involved in the arts. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

New Hampshire officials are hoping to start showing tourists the cultural side of a state best known for outdoor activities.

Skiing. Hiking. Kayaking. Fall foliage.

All things for which the state is known.

But tourism and cultural resource officials want to broaden that and make sure tourists know more about cultural activities.

They’re holding a series of statewide meetings at cultural spots around the state. That included Tuesday morning at the Littleton Opera House. 

Participants learned how they could list their events and take advantage of the state’s tourism promotions.

But some in the audience – including Terry Downs of the Karl Drerup Art gallery at Plymouth State University -  say the state itself should do more to promote the arts.

“For all of us in the cultural community we feel it is something that needs to have an increased emphasis.”

Meetings are scheduled Thursday in Portsmouth and next Tuesday in Manchester and Nashua. For details go here.