Arts Council of Tamworth Welcomes New Executive Director

Photo credit: Kevin Griffin Moreno

Photo credit: Kevin Griffin Moreno

On Monday, August 1, the Arts Council of Tamworth welcomed Carly Goss as its new executive director. Carly follows Juno Lamb who steadily guided the organization for over eight years and whose herculean efforts brought many rich experiences to the community, including the recent creation of the mosaic outside the K. A. Brett school.

Carly brings her own breadth of talent to the position. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Carly is a lifelong weaver of fabric and people. She spent four years as President of Charm City Mafia in Baltimore where she “connected makers with unexpected partners, audiences, and venues.” More recently, she has co-created a Sacred Harp singing group in Jackson and Berlin, NH and manages her own hand-weaving business, Carlybird Weaves. She and her partner reside in Bartlett.

Carly impressed the search committee as someone who listens deeply to others, has a strong foundation in the arts, and greatly values community collaboration. “She’s someone with seemingly boundless energy and passion for our mission to inspire and empower others through art,” says Board President, Courtney Spalding-Mayer. “We are lucky to be where we are thanks to Juno’s vision and are excited for our future with Carly.”

The Arts Council of Tamworth will celebrate its 50th year this season. While its focus has shifted over the decades, its core belief in the value of art in all its forms has never gone away.  

“When we work together with our hands and feet we create moments of joy and embrace moments of sadness,” Carly says. “When we share our songs, our images, our words, and our skills—when we include our children in every artful moment we can—something much greater than the sum of those individual contributions erupts. Art-making starts powerful conversations and allows us to be fully present in our world. I look forward to creating opportunities for all members of the community to know each other through art.”

The celebration starts this fall with South African sensation Tuelo and Her Cousins live at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth on Friday, October 21 at 7:30pm. Tickets will continue to be the Arts Tamworth mainstay of Choose Your Own Ticket Price.

Jeanne Limmer dances the first graders through the water cycle

Remember this? Brett first graders working with Jeanne Limmer during an Arts Tamworth artist residency act out the water cycle using movement. A drop of water travels along a mountain range, through mountain lakes and down raging rivers to the sea. After the drop of water has merged with the sea, it evaporates, becoming a gas. It rises to the clouds, travels away from the sea and over the mountains, where, as the air cools, it condenses into water and falls down toward the mountains to begin its journey again.

Acclaimed Mexican singer and dancer Veronica Robles in Tamworth May 18-20

Arts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring acclaimed Mexican singer and dancer Verónica Robles to town for several days of workshops and performances, culminating in a live performance with her Mariachi band on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 PM at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH, a rare chance to experience this joyous, toe-tapping music so far north of the border! Tickets on sale here and at the door. Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30 for adults, $0 to $5 for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support free workshops and performances in school and community—please invite your friends.

Please also join us for a free Dance Performance & Community Workshop with Robles on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30PM at Runnells Hall in Chocorua, NH. Robles will perform Mexican and Latin American dances in costume, and then you will get to try! All ages welcome—no experience necessary—donations welcome.

Verónica Robles is a multi-talented media star who sings, dances, produces, and hosts television. Well-known as "La Mera, Mera" (The Real One), award-winning Mariachi singer Verónica Robles is an authentic representative of Mexican music and culture. This energetic lady delights her audience with her amazing voice and spontaneous wit. She sings songs of love, loss, joy, and pain. Her repertoire is comprised of traditional Mexican rhythms, her original songs, some English tunes, and melodies from other Latin-American countries.

Verónica Robles' singing career includes seven music albums and performances in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Town Hall in New York, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the Providence Performing Arts Center, Dallas Convention Center in Texas, and, most recently, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Robles also has sung the National Anthem at stadiums including Gillette Stadium in MA. She has performed at many festivals and schools, staying true to her mission to promote cultural understanding and appreciation among young audiences.

Make a delicious evening of it. The Other Store in Tamworth Village will be offering a Mexican-inspired local foods meal before the show. Contact them at 603-323-8872 for menu and reservations.

Robles’s residency is sponsored by generous business sponsors The Other Store, BEAM Construction Associates, Inc.,  and Club Motorsports, and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the Tamworth PTA, the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic 104FM. Tamworth Caregivers will provide rides to performances and workshops for those otherwise unable to attend; contact them at 603-323-7697.