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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
A Look at All Creation

A Look at All Creation

Posted: August 17, 2017

Ten people were notified August 1 that they would receive a Creation Grant of $3,000 from the Vermont Arts Council. This is the Council's most competitive program; there were 99 applicants this year. A panel of arts experts selected the most promising projects as described in well-constructed applications. The resulting art will be as varied as the artists themselves. Read More
Love and War and Film

Love and War and Film

Posted: August 3, 2017

“Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story” is one of the films selected for screening in the Vermont Collection of the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. The origin story of the film is almost as intriguing as the tale itself. Filmmaker Kevin Thornton followed rumors, faced dead ends, and made coincidental connections. His journey included a missing diary, a 21-page letter, and a wedding photograph from 1860. The research took several years, and along the way, Kevin wasn’t sure it would come to anything. As pieces fell into place, he thought he might write an article. But when he found the all-important wedding photo, after tracking down a Burlington-dwelling descendant of the aforementioned letter’s recipient, “I just decided on the spot I was going to make a film.” Read More