The Mayor's Corner

Updated February 1, 2024
Matt
                                                                   
 
The Mayor's Corner

 

Art Pictures

We are still accepting submissions for the Mayor’s Quarterly Art Show.

Four times throughout the year, the Mayor’s Office will display new artwork submitted by residents of Somersworth in order to showcase the culture, talents, and creativity of our diverse community. Artwork can be any medium and size, as long as it will fit comfortably within the Mayor’s Office. Please consider submitting your work for consideration. The deadline for submissions for 2024 will be March 1, 2024. Submit a picture of your artwork to mgerding@somersworthnh.gov, including the name of the artist, size of the work, medium, and artist's description of the work. Submitted artworks will be judged and chosen by the Mayor's Commission for Arts and Culture, and the first round of work will go on display in the Mayor’s Office starting April 1, 2024 through June 30, 2024.

Black History Month

 

February is Black History Month, and this year I encourage everyone to celebrate our Black leaders, community members, and neighbors, both locally and nationally, that have helped to make our country a more just and equitable place. Black History Month is not only a time to celebrate the culture and experiences of African Americans and BIPOC peoples, but it also serves as a time to reflect on the struggles and challenges that they have overcome and still face.

For those interested, please explore the resources below as we celebrate Black History Month this February:

Learn more about New Hampshire’s Black history at the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (www.blackheritagetrailnh.org). They offer tours and events that honor the stories and lives of New Hampshire’s African American history. 

Learn more about art and its use as a platform for social justice from The National Museum of African American History and Culture from their website at https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/initiatives/black-history-month-2024. They have a number of fascinating initiatives and exhibits offered through their website.

The University of New Hampshire is also providing a number of in-person and virtual events, lectures, and educational opportunities over the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. Please take a look at their website for a list of offerings: https://www.unh.edu/diversity-inclusion/events/black-history-month-2024

I hope everyone has a warm and bright February. Stay safe and be well.

Best,
Matt Gerding