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Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Posted: July 21, 2016

The brochure reads, “Here at The Barre Opera House, we care about the performance, but our camp motto is ‘process over product.’  Let’s have a great theater experience this summer!” For the last two weeks, thirty kids ages 10-17 have been immersed a well-planned, expertly staffed, and skillfully executed theater … Read More
Both Scientific and Mystical

Both Scientific and Mystical

Posted: July 7, 2016

"My husband and I have traveled widely..." So opens Amanda Amend's artist statement for "Viajes (Travels)." It's true; the couple has covered some ground. All over the U.S. and Europe. North Africa. Central America. But when you talk to Amanda about her watercolors, you hear of another journey: her move away from the Pluperfect Subjunctive. Read More
Arts. Sites. 4 Everyone.

Arts. Sites. 4 Everyone.

Posted: June 23, 2016

You have audience members who can’t see very well, can’t hear well, or can't use a mouse. How successful would they be at navigating your website? We're all familiar with considerations of physical accessibility for arts events (accessible building entrances, bathrooms, and parking spaces). Making our online information available is equally important — but harder to understand. A ton of information is available, but some of it is dated, some confusing, and some in a format contradicting current standards. If this topic is overwhelming to you, join the club. We have been there. Here are some bare bones facts and a few fixes you might try. Read More
Who Says “Yes” to Art?

Who Says “Yes” to Art?

Posted: June 9, 2016

Vermonters, of course. The University of Vermont's Center for Rural Studies conducts a statewide telephone survey every year. Hundreds of statistically representative households are contacted. "The Vermonter Poll" has been used by researchers, policy makers, social advocates, and citizens since 1990 to gauge opinions about contemporary issues. This year, three questions about the arts were included. Vermonters were presented three statements and asked to note the extent of their agreement or involvement. Read More
The Annual Garden Party is Here

The Annual Garden Party is Here

Posted: May 26, 2016

and you're invited! Gather in the Council's Sculpture Garden from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the arts in education. Honor all the teachers, artists, administrators, parents, and community members who work to ensure the arts are central to the education of every Vermont child. Enjoy the music of Cajun Double Fiddles, then step inside to view paintings by Gabe Tempesta in the Spotlight Gallery. Refreshments, including the ever-popular cake bar, will be served. Read More
Arts Council Board and Annual Meetings

Arts Council Board and Annual Meetings

Posted: May 26, 2016

The final quarterly board meeting of Arts Council trustees will be held on June 6 from 12-3 p.m. in Room 10 at the Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier. All Council board meetings are open to the public. The board meets four times a year to ensure the health of the organization by providing expertise and insight into policy development, financial vitality, and programmatic integrity. The Arts Council’s annual meeting will be held in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont State House from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Read More