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Autumn and Art

Autumn and Art

Posted: August 19, 2016

Ten Regions — with Scenic Drives and an Abundance of Arts and Outdoors to Explore — While Vermont is a four-season destination, it is during fall foliage that the Green Mountain State is arguably the most vibrant. Travelers who choose to visit Vermont amid the most intense colors of autumn are also greeted with a wealth of seasonal arts events. The state's landscape both inspires and integrates the arts into its environment. In this light, the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Tourism have partnered to provide travelers the best of both worlds: a nature escape and cultural immersion. Read More
Symbolic Landscapes

Symbolic Landscapes

Posted: August 18, 2016

Elizabeth Nelson has painted since she was eight. Her work has been shown since the late 1980s and has been presented in juried shows for nearly as long. Well-known for her images of northeastern landscapes, she is represented by galleries in New York and Vermont and has won commissions for public art. Liz is neither a young nor obscure artist; years of experience inform her painting. Reflecting on that, she said, "Every so often artists come to the end of what they're exploring. They have to ask, 'Where do I go from here?'" 2012 was one of those times. She wanted to transform her art. Read More
Views From the Top

Views From the Top

Posted: August 10, 2016

Before the primary election, the Council visited with all the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor. We asked about statewide issues, a personal connection to the arts, arts education and programs for youth, the new administration's role in the creative economy, and Vermont as a cultural destination. Candidates were also given the opportunity to say what immediate priorities they would set for the creative community. We posed the same six questions in each interview. Responses from the two candidates who will be on the ballot in November are summarized on this page. Read More
On Impact

On Impact

Posted: August 4, 2016

Spending a day with the Arts Impact Grant panel was an exercise in appreciation. I’ve done some work with the Poetry Out Loud program and have served on Arts Council committees, but have never seen a grant panel at work until recently. As a Council board member, I was an observer. What became increasingly clear to me throughout the day how much thought, preparation, and meticulous hard work goes into the process. Read More
The Candidates Speak — on the Arts

The Candidates Speak — on the Arts

Posted: July 28, 2016

The Council recently visited with the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor. We asked about statewide issues, a personal connection to the arts, arts education and programs for youth, the new administration's role in the creative economy, and Vermont as a cultural destination. Candidates were also given the opportunity to say what immediate priorities they would set for the creative community. We posed the same six questions in every interview. Responses are summarized on this page. Read More
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 camp. They are gearing up to perform "The Little Mermaid Jr." early Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. There's a lot to learn. Read More