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Small Town, Big Plans

Small Town, Big Plans

Posted: March 16, 2017

Londonderry. A small Vermont town, unassuming. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you haven’t. Burton Snowboards. A global powerhouse of equipment and sporty chic clothing. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you haven’t. And maybe you’ve heard that Burton began in Londonderry? And maybe you’ve heard that the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society (LAHS) plans to erect a mammoth sculpture just across from the site of the farmer’s market? Read More
Call to Action: Protect the Arts

Call to Action: Protect the Arts

Posted: March 16, 2017

As anticipated, things are heating up. We urge you to act now. National Issues This morning, President Trump issued his initial budget. It proposes elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) — which funds both Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and Vermont PBS — and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This article in the New York Times is a good summary. Read More
Poetry Out Loud 2017 State Championship

Poetry Out Loud 2017 State Championship

Posted: March 8, 2017

Ten Finalists Congratulations to Aliyah Burr - Burlington High School | Alyese Caruso-Randall - Bellows Free Academy Fairfax | Taite Clark - The Sharon Academy | Jaime DeKett - Saint Johnsbury Academy | Abigail Detrick - Northfield High School | Emily Friedrichsen - Champlain Valley Union High School | Kira Hansen - Mount Anthony Union High School | Emily Klar - Lake Region Union High School | Casey Ober - Mount Abraham Union High School, and Gracie Smith -  Arlington Memorial High School! These students had the highest scores in the semifinals held March 8 and will advance to the championship round March 16, 2017. Read More
Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2017 Semifinals. Here.

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2017 Semifinals. Here.

Posted: February 28, 2017

The Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2017 Semifinals will be at the Barre Opera House on March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Champions from 34 high schools across the state will come to compete. Ten finalists will be named at the end of the day, and continue to the State Finals on March 16 at Vermont PBS. The state champion will move on to the National Championship held in April at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The semifinals can be seen via livestream, thanks to personnel and bandwidth from Big Heavy World. Read More
Maple, Murals, Sugarhouses, and Sculptures

Maple, Murals, Sugarhouses, and Sculptures

Posted: February 22, 2017

In the Green Mountain State, sweet signs of spring include maple forests awakening and a plethora of outdoor art awaiting visitors. With more than 3,000 sugarmakers in residence, Vermont is the top maple syrup producer in the United States, generating over one million gallons annually. This year, pair your visits to the state’s famed maple sugarhouses with outdoor arts exploration. From Maple Open House Weekend, March 25-26, to the Vermont Maple Festival, April 22-24, the opportunities for exploring Vermont arts and savoring the season are as ample as maple is sweet. Read More
In a New Space

In a New Space

Posted: February 16, 2017

Leaving a beloved old home called for a creative solution. North Bennington's Sage Street Mill is set into a hill alongside Paran Creek. The brick building has floor-to-ceiling windows and a smoke stack out back. For 21 years, 10,000 square feet of the old factory was the rented home of the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE). Matthew Perry, VAE co-founder and executive director, said the building "served us well for all these many years and it was a central gathering place for arts and education in the community." But, it was expensive. "The building was not energy efficient and utility costs continued to rise. " Read More