Arts and Cultural resources
FISKE FREE LIBRARY
Samuel P. Fiske established the Fiske Free Library in 1873 with 2,000 volumes from his personal library and $5,000 for the purchase of additional books. An additional $5,000 was given by Mr. and Mrs. Fiske to establish a permanent trust fund.
Housed first in Stevens High School, the library moved in 1877 into the Bailey Block with more room and easier access. By 1902 space was again tight and Andrew Carnegie was approached for funding. In 1903, with $15,000 in funding from Carnegie, ground was broken for the present building. An addition in 1922 and a full renovation in 1966 expanded the entire building for library use.
The Fiske Free Library hosts programs throughout the year. Program information is available here
CLAREMONT OPERA HOUSE
Claremont Opera House is located in the city hall complex. The air conditioned Claremont Opera House provides programming for children and adults year round. Programs include music, theater, comedy and education as well as visual art in the John D. Bennett atrium gallery. COH is the home of The Repertory Theater Company which was formed to mentor young adults in all aspects of theater production. COH is used by local theater companies like Stevens High School Theater Department, Off Broad Street Players, River Theatre, New England Classical Academy, and the newly formed World Under Wonder. Local dance and gymnastic companies perform their annual recitals on the stage. COH is also available for rent. Claremont Opera House is on the National Register of Historic Places; venue for the arts. For performance schedules and further information, please see
CLAREMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Claremont Historical Society maintains a collection of historic items at the museum's location at 26 Mulberry Street. The Society also promotes the history of Claremont through the presentation of lectures and events. For directions, schedule and calendar of events please see http://claremonthistoricalsociety.org/Calendar.html
OFF BROAD STREET PLAYERS
Claremont's own community theater group bringing drama, comedy, dinner theater, and historical recreations to local stages since 1985.
Amplified Arts is a collaborative arts education and performance hub located in downtown Claremont NH. Its mission is to provide a venue where collaboration and inspiration go hand in hand and where arts education as well as performance takes center stage. In doing so Amplified Arts hopes to amplify a community of engaged artists, art lovers, and Sullivan County's vibrant creative economy. Amplified Arts is a place where artists of all genres create and inspire each other and the greater community through theatre, music, art and film… all under one roof!
Having just officially moved into their new home at 31 Pleasant Street (2nd floor), Amplified Arts will be producing it's second season of intimate theatre performances through their Early Career (ages 13-18) program The Academy and with the launch of their community theatre program The Company this summer in their 70 seat events venue. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WEST CLAREMONT CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS
The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts is a nonprofit organization that offers professional music and arts programs throughout Claremont. Their primary focus is on performance arts, visual and performing arts education, and creative community development. Programs are hosted at the historic Union Church in West Claremont, at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, local schools, and in other community spaces.
HOP STOPS FAMILY SHOWS
Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College presents performance outreach programs to Claremont as part of their HopStop series held at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 128 South Street, Claremont, NH. Please click here for performance information, https://hop.dartmouth.edu/Online/hopstop
3-D printing classes,
CNC sewing, web development, entrepreneurship, bicycle maintenance, Arduino
microcontrollers? Soon there will be a building to house all of the Claremont MakerSpace programming at the Sawtooth Mill, but in the meantime, over 300 people have enjoyed maker programming this year at different locations throughout the city. Please check in with the the Claremont MakerSpace for their updates at http://www.claremontmakerspace.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/claremontmakerspace.