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The Hop’s new Community Venture Initiative (CVI) aims to increase the Upper Valley community’s engagement and access to Hop programming. CVI builds on the Hop’s commitment, over its 50-year history, to community-oriented programs involving a strong network of local organizational partners, as well as on ideas generated by the Hop’s Class Divide Project, a three-year initiative that examined socio-economic class via the arts.

The project is funded by Jane’s Trust, as well as support from Jane and Peter McLaughlin, The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Neda Nobari Foundation, Nini and Rob Meyer, Jenny and Stan Williams and Norwich Partners.


From May 6-9, 2014, guest experts from New York-based educational nonprofit Bash the Trash led two-day residencies serving 225 students at Thetford High School and Hartford Middle and High School and multiple free workshops downstairs at the Hop, helping 80 community members transform junk into terrifically creative musical instruments. That weekend, the accumulated instrument-makers, their friends and parents—along with plenty of walkup participants--performed “Trash Mob Mini-Concerts" at Thetford and Hartford, VT transfer centers, the Lyme Fire Station, and the Lebanon Green.
“Thank you so much for your incredible efforts in making all of Adam's instrument making dreams come true tonight. He is SO proud of what he made. He was able to show them off to some friends on the way home and was just beaming. He couldn't stop talking about it all night. What a great way to encourage creativity. You should feel very good about the great work you do!” Sarah (Adam's mom)

Download a press release on Bash The Trash