Join your community in refreshing summer arts for all ages!
Spend summer evenings at the Hop in a FREE series of events for all ages—three outdoor concerts on the Dartmouth Green of danceable music from Haiti, France and Appalachia and two family-friendly movies, one on the wide Spaulding Auditorium screen and one outdoors on the Green!
Free for All was developed in 2015 to support the Hop’s goal of engaging large numbers of community members, particularly those with little or no exposure to Hop programming. Over three wildly successful summers, approximately 11,500 community members have participated in concerts, movies, dance classes and workshops.
Free For All is lowering real and perceived barriers to participation in the arts. We have received strong feedback that it meets our goals of making the Hop more accessible and drawing new people into engagement with the Hop. More than 60% of series attendees surveyed say they have never—or only occasionally—visited the Hop. Said a concert attendee, it’s “refreshing to have events like this in the area…Doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, [people] just come and be themselves.”
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PART OF THE COMMUNITY VENTURE INITIATIVEThe Hop’s 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.
CVI received seed funding from Jane’s Trust with matching support from The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Neda Nobari Foundation, Nini and Rob Meyer, Jenny and Stan Williams, Norwich Partners and Jane and Peter McLaughlin. In addition, the McLaughlins have provided continued support for key programs including Claremont HopStops and the Community Ticket Program.