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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
2017 Governor’s Arts Awards

2017 Governor’s Arts Awards

Posted: September 14, 2017

The Vermont Arts Council, in association with the Governor’s office, recognizes outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts each year. Awards and citations are given to educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers, and scholars. In 2017 the Council will be recognizing the contributions of Vermonters in five different categories during a celebration held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 24 at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro (accessibility information). Tickets are $25 and may be purchased via the Highland Center for the Arts' website or by calling 802.533.2000. Read More
Statement on Inclusion

Statement on Inclusion

Posted: August 24, 2017

The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Humanities Council stand together in stating: We are deeply troubled by recent violence and expressions of hatred and bigotry that go against the fundamental ideals that define our country. We know that the arts and humanities have the power to create and nurture empathy, promote thoughtful reflection, heal, and advance understanding even among people whose lives are vastly different from our own. The staff and boards of the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Humanities Council re-dedicate themselves to the vital work of promoting inclusion, tolerance and understanding, and building creative, healthy, welcoming communities for all. Read More