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Inviting Community

Inviting Community

Posted: December 6, 2017

A month after I arrived in Vermont I found myself driving on snowy back roads to a meeting in the Northeast Kingdom. Forty-five people gathered on this freezing cold night in the basement of a Unitarian church to explore the idea of a new incubator space in Greensboro. Participants in small brainstorming groups envisioned the potential of such a space for artists, entrepreneurs, and students in the community. Our group included people from more than a dozen towns, and I was struck by the wide range of backgrounds represented: graphic designers, high school and college teachers, the owner of a hair studio, an IT professional, a retired businessman, a glass artist, an agricultural policy expert, and a librarian. The excitement in the room was captured by a high school student who turned to his mom and said, “This is cool.” Read More
It’s About Family

It’s About Family

Posted: November 21, 2017

Michelle Saffran makes photo-based art. Often, she blends more than one image; sometimes she manipulates, alters, or defaces photographs. Michelle does not always work in portraits, but she has proven herself to be the right artist for making pictures of students and families at the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) in Burlington. The images from the K-5 school are fun and forthright. They are unaltered and shine with love. Read More
Ten Tips for Surviving Winter

Ten Tips for Surviving Winter

Posted: November 9, 2017

Winter is upon us. We know it will last through March and yet we live here — on purpose. We have our reasons. Many artists cite the tranquil seclusion and the inspiring natural beauty of the landscape. But how does one stay positive and creative through the subzero-temp nights and grayest of days? We asked three Vermont artists who know what they’re in for and how to handle it: Katie Runde, a veritable Renaissance woman who focuses on music and painting; Robert Burch, a 40+ year glassblowing veteran from Putney; and Hillary Boone Orsini, a program manager and Results-Based Accountability consultant who moonlights as a standup comic and cartoon artist. Here’s what they had to say: Read More
Meet Karen Mittelman

Meet Karen Mittelman

Posted: October 26, 2017

The Council’s new executive director has been spending time skiing, kayaking, writing, and exploring in Vermont since childhood. Prior to moving here, Karen Mittelman worked for 19 years at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. She arrived at the office in Montpelier October 16. With a brand new Strategic Plan in place and a budget that faces an unusually shaky future, Karen will have plenty to do. This is what she had to say about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Read More
The Arts Mean Business

The Arts Mean Business

Posted: October 4, 2017

In Vermont, nonprofit arts and culture make up a larger than $123 million industry supporting thousands of jobs. The sector also generates millions of dollars in revenue to local and state government. These are just two important facts supported by data from the Americans for the Arts' fifth iteration of the Arts & Economic Study (AEP5). Eighty-eight Vermont organizations participated in this yearlong, nationwide survey to assess the economic impact of the arts. What is true across the nation is true in our state: Arts and culture are one and the same as economic development. It's not an either/or choice. Read More
The “SiteTime” Artists

The “SiteTime” Artists

Posted: September 28, 2017

Four artists will work​ ​collaboratively for two years performing​ ​additive​ ​and​ ​subtractive​ ​actions in a new exhibit in the Council's Sculpture Garden.​ This installation will evolve over time, linked to the rhythm of changes in stacks​ ​of slowly​ ​drying​ ​cordwood​. Physical​ ​constructions, video​ ​and​ ​sound​ ​installations,​ ​artifacts,​ and ​event​-​based​ ​movement​ ​performances will​ come and go between fall 2017 and fall 2019. One environmental sculptor, a designer, and a choreographer ​will express wood's vital way​ ​of​ ​connecting​ ​our​ ​hands​ ​and​ ​our​ ​energy​ ​to​ ​the​ Earth​ ​as​ ​it​ ​rotates around​ ​the​ ​sun. Another sculptor's work will stand at one entrance of the garden throughout the exhibit. Read More