Last week, the Seacoast arts community received yet another honor that deserves recognition.

The acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mary Anne Carter, made two stops at local arts organizations that receive funding from her agency.

On her tour of New England, she made stops in just three places: Boston, Portsmouth and Brattleboro, Vermont. It’s quite a statement that Portsmouth stands out on the regional stage and warranted a visit by our nation’s highest ranking advocate for the arts.

Her first stop was the Plains School in Portsmouth, home to Pontine Theatre, which this year received a $10,000 grant to fund a tour of its original plays around the region as an outreach to rural communities.

At the Plains Schools, Carter met with Pontine co-artistic directors Marguerite Mathews and Gregory Gathers as well as Pontine board members and local and state arts officials including Sarah Stewart, Commissioner of the state’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; Dr. Roger Brooks, Chairman, N.H. State Council on the Arts; and Ginnie Lupi, Director, N.H. Council on the Arts.

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