A component fund of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

AVA Gallery and Art Center

AVA Gallery and Art Center (Alliance for the Visual Art) is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that nurture, support and challenge New England artists, and to providing art classes for children, teens and adults of all levels and abilities.  AVA’s programs—including special events that foster interaction among artists, patrons of the arts and the community, and which emphasize sustainability— are dedicated to recognizing the ways in which art enriches our lives.

Scholarship, internship and volunteer opportunities are integral to AVA’s programming.

Founded in 1973, AVA (Alliance for the Visual Arts) is a 501 (C)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Grants Awarded: 

2015 - $5,000 to support  scholarship funds for needy children and teens to participate in outdoor arts camps. 

The Children’s Fund’s support of the AVA Gallery and Art Center (AVA)’s Scholarship Fund enables AVA to offer nurturing creative opportunities, in particular through weeklong vacation camps, to children and youth who otherwise would not be able to participate. The need for scholarship aid has been steadily increasing—in recent years, AVA has offered up to forty scholarships annually

2011 - Thanks to the generous support of the Children's Fund of the Upper Valley, AVA Gallery and Art Center (AVA) has, in the past few years, been able to substantially increase its free, after-school art offerings for teens. ART STOP!, a popular, free after-school program for grades 5-8, was initially made possible by such a grant; the most recent grant to AVA from the Children's Fund will focus on free art programming for grades 9-12. AVA works closely with art teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators to encourage the participation of those students who can most benefit from these free art offerings. Thanks to this vital grant support, AVA has become a place where teens can use art to express themselves in a safe, creative and nurturing environment.

2009 - Grant funds to serve underprivileged kids in their Art Stop Studio, a weekly after school offering with participation from Lebanon Junior High School.

2008 - Funds for development of digital arts computer lab.

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Digital photo class shooting water
Girl in "Yarn Bomb" tree

2016 Children's Fund Grantees