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2 appointed to New Hampshire State Arts Council

Two people appointed by Gov. Maggie Hassan to the State Arts Council have been confirmed by the Executive Council.

Amanda “Mandy” Merrill of Durham comes to the council with experience as a state legislator and advocate for the state’s national and cultural resources. She also has served as interim director of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, as program associate at the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of New Hampshire and as visual arts coordinator for the Mill Pond Center for the Arts in Durham.

Billie Tooley of Portsmouth has been involved in the arts for more than 40 years as a painter, photographer, curator, teacher and arts advocacy director. She has served as director of community development at Strawbery Banke Museum and at the Seacoast Chapter of the American Red Cross. She also has been executive director for both the New Hampshire Art Association and La Napoule Arts Foundation.

Their terms run through Nov. 23, 2017.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources.

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