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Ballet a New Way

Ballet a New Way

Posted: February 4, 2016

What does it look like when everyone in Vermont has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community? Think big. Everyone means residents and visitors. Education includes preschoolers and lifelong learners. Community is not only about the location of your home, it also has to do with your heart. A vision this big takes a lot of pieces. One of those pieces could be the Farm to Ballet Project. Read More
A View to the Souls of Animals

A View to the Souls of Animals

Posted: January 21, 2016

The glisten in the eye of this rooster is one bright detail sparkling in the Council’s Spotlight Gallery. Twenty paintings of roosters, sheep, cows, and owls project emotion to the hallways. This is the work of Caryn King, an artist living and working in South Newfane. For the last ten years, she has painted animals. It started with a rooster. “I never painted, I always designed and taught and did a lot of artwork. Always art. But I was intimidated by a white canvas.” She felt stuck at the beginning, wondering, “What do you do? You have to put yourself on the canvas. Finally, my son wanted a rooster, and I painted him a rooster. And, that was it.” It was easy after that. Her subject matter? "Animals… I just love them. So, it was kind of was a natural." Read More
Advocacy 2016

Advocacy 2016

Posted: January 6, 2016

Each year, the Arts Council engages with elected officials about many arts-related issues. Individual voices can influence thinking on any issue; the arts are no different. And, Vermont’s size and democratic traditions mean that one person’s participation in the process can make a real difference for all Vermonters. Vermont’s legislature … Read More
Arts to the Core: A Call to Action

Arts to the Core: A Call to Action

Posted: January 5, 2016

In 2014, the Council, with support from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Office of the Creative Economy, and the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE), held a visioning session on the future of arts education in Vermont. The participants—120 leaders in the arts, education, nonprofit organizations, government, and business communities—identified a series of priorities and strategies to ensure that Vermont students have the opportunity to develop creative abilities and critical thinking skills. Read More
Searching for Community in Words

Searching for Community in Words

Posted: January 4, 2016

Emily Bernard, writer, professor of English and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont—and mother—received a Creation Grant to support research for “Black is the Body: Essays.” The essays explore what it means to be  at home in one’s skin as well in a society in which racial disparities continue to divide us. The following is an excerpt from “Mother on Earth.” Read More
Anchored in Art

Anchored in Art

Posted: December 23, 2015

Madina Arbow has a bright smile and laughs often. She has a good eye for irony and is fun to talk with. On the day we met, she wore a light sweatshirt and had a bright scarf on her head—clear green with blue dots. Her clothing represented the mix of the cultures she has lived in since she was young. Madina started in American schools when she was nine; she had just come from Kenya as a refugee. She had been to elementary school in the camps, then to the "big school," which is something like high school. Our conversation was about school here—the good and bad of it. Read More