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The People’s Poet

The People’s Poet

Posted: September 29, 2016

Tribute to David Budbill, the People’s Poet Burlington Book Festival September 16, 2016 Thank you for inviting me to introduce my poet-friend of 45 years as he receives this richly deserved tribute. I raise my voice so it may reach David on Murray Hill in Montpelier. When I speak David’s name I want to say in one loving breath “David and Lois.” They came to northern Vermont over four decades ago and found their true home, taking many kinds of jobs — from logger to teacher — to hold life together and to live with integrity, raising Nadine, writing, and making art. Read More
Belonging

Belonging

Posted: September 29, 2016

For Leland Kinsey May 2, 1950 – September 14, 2016 Leland Kinsey and I loved to fish for brook trout in the Northeast Kingdom. Not just trout. And not just anywhere. Brook trout in the Kingdom. I suppose that there are good, trouty brooks in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties that Lee and I never discovered. Not many, though. At least once a week during fishing season, for nearly half a century, Lee and I would strike out early in the morning and follow a brook miles up through cedar bogs, upland meadows, hardwoods and softwoods, to its source at an icy spring high on some Kingdom mountain. Read More
Fringe in the North End

Fringe in the North End

Posted: September 29, 2016

Burlington's Old North End is rich in history, ethnically diverse, and runs on the lower side of the income scale. Homes on North Willard Street are more affordable than those on South Willard Street; it's the same with North Union and South Union. Small-scale shops blend with century-old housing. A big dose of reality mixes with a strong sense of community. And, a funky building with a garage sits at the jagged intersection of North Winooski Avenue and Archibald Streets. "There's so many exciting things that happen inside this building," says Paul Schnabel. Read More
Arts and Humanities Month

Arts and Humanities Month

Posted: September 28, 2016

In 2015, President Obama officially proclaimed October to be Arts and Humanities Month, saying, "When we harness our artistic creativity — from canvases to concertos — we can give shape to our emotions and channel our innermost hopes." It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or not; if you’re a child, young adult or a centenarian. "Every stroke of the brush, stitch of the needle, or moment of the memoir uniquely marks our society and contributes to our national character. This month, we recognize the ways the arts and humanities have forever changed our country, and we recommit to ensuring every American has the opportunity and the freedom to question, discover, and create." Read More
Funding Available for Public Art

Funding Available for Public Art

Posted: September 26, 2016

Information sessions for the Animating Infrastructure Grant program will be held October 13-26. The program is designed to encourage communities to engage artists in the planning, design and/or fabrication of public art in infrastructure projects and to encourage thinking beyond the ordinary as concepts for new buildings, roads, bridges, and other public spaces are developed. Participants will learn about the application process, and will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for projects in their own community. Sessions are led by Michele Bailey, senior program director at the Vermont Arts Council. Anyone who wants to learn more about this grant program is encouraged to attend. Read More
This Lovely Summer Camp

This Lovely Summer Camp

Posted: September 15, 2016

I turn left at the Putney General Store, driving uphill and away from the village. I want to check out Jazz Camp, a weeklong event for intergenerational learners held at The Putney School. It's  Thursday; camp started Monday. I follow back roads amidst thousands of maples to the campus, to be offered a long view of hills layered in hazy green and blue. Eugene Uman, the director of the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC), shows me around. Eugene is gregarious, positive, and careful with language. He’s laid back and completely on purpose all at once. A big-time community builder, he stands in the center of all things jazz, then draws everyone in. Read More