In-house Exhibits by Vermont Visual Artists
The Arts Council's gallery is open to the public and located in the corridor and conference room of the offices at 136 State Street in Montpelier. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The corridor exhibit is available every day. The conference room is closed Tuesdays until noon, and at other times when the room is occupied.
IAA's Family Portrait Project
The Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) is a K-5 public school in Burlington’s North End. Those who attend IAA learn core subjects through music, dance, movement, theater, and visual arts.
Students are drawn from every corner of the city (30% of families come from outside the immediate neighborhood) and come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
In 2017, IAA, the IAA PTO, and Burlington City Arts (BCA) moved forward the Family Portrait Project. This whole-school residency resulted in family photos taken by teaching artist Michelle Saffran paired with descriptive compositions written by IAA students. For inspiration, students read Todd Parr’s award-winning "The Family Book." This prompt spurred the writing: "I have a family. So do you. So does everyone."
Penned by children from more than twenty countries, the compositions exemplify what makes each child’s family special. In the words of Debba: "My mom is from the land of Green Mountains. Me, Dieuna and Fritznel are all from the land where Coconuts grow and Earth quakes are." Johnny wrote, "One word that describes my family is loving and fighting. Me and my sister fight over screens. My family is loving because they hug me."
Forty-eight of the portraits and essays are on display through Art Walk on December 1.