The following are some of the past initiatives & programs from the Vermont Arts Council:
The Art of Action: Shaping Vermont’s Future Through Art (2008-2010)
With an interest in moving beyond collecting artwork celebrating Vermont’s iconic past, philanthropists Lyman Orton and Janice Izzi asked the Council to help commission ten visual artists to create suites of artwork addressing issues considered essential to Vermont’s future. Informed by research conducted by the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Council on the Future of Vermont, the artists created work that addressed Vermont’s social, cultural and political landscape.
Three hundred artists from 26 states and three foreign countries applied to be a part of the project. A review committee selected 20 finalists. Those finalists presented proposals four months later. After awarding 10 commissions in 2008, the artwork was delivered in August 2009, toured throughout Vermont and to Washington DC through June, 2010, and auctioned in July, 2010
Art Fits Vermont (2008)
This second statewide community arts project was modeled on the Council’s wildly successful “Palettes of Vermont,” and had very similar goals. The Council distributed wood and paper puzzle pieces and encouraged any and all Vermonters to create, showcase and celebrate art.
- About 9,500 wood puzzle pieces and 51,000 paper puzzle pieces were given to individuals, schools and community groups across the state.
- 191 organizations and 146 schools took part.
- Participants hailed from 172 towns in all 14 counties.
- At least 60,000 people (10% of Vermont's population!) made art.
- More than 300 people brought their completed wooden puzzle artworks to “PuzzlePalooza” in Battery Park, Burlington to help create one of the largest collective works of art ever recorded.
Palettes of Vermont (2005-2006)
Renowned artist Warren Kimble first proposed the Arts Council sponsor a statewide arts project in the summer of 2005. His words were, “Let’s give everyone in Vermont an artist palette and tell them to have fun with it.” The original goals were to engage at least five communities, at least two hundred Vermonters, and to generate a sense of joy through a shared creative project among participating communities and individuals. In retrospect, these goals were so modest as to be almost laughable. By the end of 2006:
- 7,000 wooden artist palettes and 30,000 paper palettes had been distributed free of charge to Vermonters and schoolchildren who wanted to take part;
- 150 organizations and 145 schools participated;
- At least 40,000 Vermonters (6% of the state’s population) made art;
- More than 2,000 people and palettes gathered on the state house lawn for PalettePalooza.
Art Supports Me (2010-2011)
Art Supports Me was a public awareness campaign launched by the Vermont Arts Council in the fall of 2010. In addition to collecting stories and testimonials on line and in person, project participants and artists were interviewed at local cultural events. The stories were shared through radio, television, web and print promotions to demonstrate how important the arts are to Vermont's economy, communities and voters.
Art of Vermont (2008-2010)
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Art in State Buildings Program [link to Art in State buildings page], the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services created a traveling exhibit featuring approximately 50 of the 1,000 pieces in the Vermont State Art Collection. The exhibit included works of art that are rarely seen by the general public and the people who own them--the citizens of Vermont.
The traveling exhibit varied from venue to venue, reflecting the particular aesthetic, historic or regional focus of the sponsoring institutions. Between May of 2008 and February of 2010 the exhibit toured to nine locations around Vermont:
Arts Summit (2013)
Artists, arts administrators, teaching artists, arts enthusiasts, and digital arts technologists from all over Vermont were convened by the Vermont Arts Council and the Office of Creative Economy for a one-day event for the arts held at the State House. It had been 15 years since the last such gathering. Keynote speaker Eric Booth started the day with a talk inspiring all to explore the Summit’s theme: Connect Animate Lead.
Presenters: Michele Bailey, Judi Kamien, and Andrea Wasserman.
The Art of Great Digital Games
Moderated by Lars Hasselblad Torres. Background
Copyright Basics in the Digital Age
Panelist: Justin McCabe
Defining Arts Integration: Lessons from the Integrated Arts Academy
Presenters: Judy Klima, Victor Prussack, Bobby Riley, and Joan Robinson
The Future of the Arts – Young Leaders Speak Out
Panelists: John Killacky, moderator, Rich Arentzen, Samara Lark Brown, Sara Coffey, Sarah Mutrux
Getting the Gig
Panelists: Jerry Aldredge, Alex Crothers, Becky McMeekin, Josh Panda
Getting to Market
Panelists: DJ Hellerman, Rob Hunter, Tari Swenson, Mark Waskow
How to Connect, Animate, and Lead in Times of Change
Facilitator: Susan Palmer, Susan Palmer Consulting
Making Your Data Come Alive
Presenter: Liz Quinn, Associate, Cultural Data Project
STEM, STEAM and Makers
Moderated by Lars Hasselblad Torres. Background
Tax Reform and the Arts: What's ahead for the next legislative season.
Moderator: Kristin Carlson; Panelists: Sentaor Tim Ashe, Representative Janet Ancel, Lauren-Glenn Davitian, John Killacky.
Teaching Artists in Vermont: A Survey of the Field
Presenters: Jon Gailmor, Barbara Paulson, Rebecca McGregor, Gowri Savoor, and Melissa Steady. Facilitated by Eric Booth.
Cultural Heritage Tourism (1995-1998)
In the spring of 1995, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing recognized the need for a heritage tourism task force. More than 60 Vermonters having specific knowledge and interest in this field were contacted. From that number, a core group of 20+ regulars met over the course of the next several months to define cultural heritage resources in Vermont, to develop links among those resources, and to propose strategies for marketing them.
In 1997 and 1998, the Vermont Arts Council took a leadership role in implementing the findings of the Cultural Heritage Tourism Task Force by conducting statewide workshops on the subject, and by providing seed grants for cultural heritage tourism projects. The following year, the Vermont Arts Council joined forces with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to establish a sustained approach to coordinating Cultural Heritage Tourism activities. This toolkit is the direct result of these efforts, and was written to assist interested parties in making cultural heritage tourism decisions within their communities. The text addresses issues and concerns often encountered when contemplating such choices, and offers suggestions on how to deal with them. Although some of the specific information and website references are outdated, the basic instructions are as relevant today as they were in 1998.
Cultural Heritage Tourism Toolkit
- Front Cover, Table of Contents, and Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Back Cover
The Danville Project (1999-2014)
The Danville Transportation Enhancement Project was a partnership between the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and the Town of Danville resulting in the successful redevelopment of a section of U.S. Highway Route 2 that runs through the center of Danville, Vermont.
It was significant as a model of successful inter-agency partnership driven by an awareness of the importance of Context-Sensitive Design. With broad public, private, and multi-agency support, the Danville Project provides a model to help small communities deal with quality of life issues as they relate to the demands of infrastructure.