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Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

Posted: May 25, 2017

A year ago, the Council published the results of the 2016 Vermonter Poll. The study made clear that art matters to us in our public life, schools, and homes. A full 85% of Vermonters agreed with the statement, “I value the arts as an important element of life in my community.” We shared this data with Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development since 2000. He said, “This statistic doesn’t surprise me. It mirrors what we hear from Vermonters all around the state. In all the years I’ve been involved in work with Vermont communities, the arts turn up time and time again as key local assets, as a driver for the local brand, and as one of the crucial points of attraction for entrepreneurs, youth and new residents.” Read More
2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting

Posted: May 15, 2017

The Arts Council’s annual meeting will be held in Room 11 at the Vermont State House from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. New board members will be elected by vote of the membership. Members have been sent a ballot in the mail; ballots can also be submitted in person prior to the 3:30 convening. The final quarterly board meeting of Arts Council trustees will be held on June 5 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 10 at the Vermont State House. The board meets four times a year to ensure the health of the organization by providing expertise and insight into policy development, financial vitality, and programmatic integrity. All Council board meetings are open to the public. Read More
The 2017 Garden Party is Here

The 2017 Garden Party is Here

Posted: May 15, 2017

… and you're invited! Gather in the Council's Sculpture Garden from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for music by Cajun Double Fiddles, good food, and a celebration of Connection: The Art of Coming Together. Step into the Spotlight Gallery to view a group show by the same name curated by Ric Kadour. Read More
The Art of Chance

The Art of Chance

Posted: April 27, 2017

Laura Jane Walker calls her pieces paintings and says the colored threads are brush strokes. The threads run inches or feet between nails in plywood. Some of the panels are brightly colored, some shimmer, some have only earth tones. The newest employ seed-shaped divots carved into the wood. All are built around a chance event — a spilled cup of coffee, an I Ching coin toss, a burn. Read More
Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Posted: April 17, 2017

Vermonters are often said to have a way of being “unique,” from their one-of-a-kind politics and rock bands to the spelling of the state’s favorite sweet treat — Maple Creemees. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the state’s world-class outdoors and arts scenes are unprecedented in their access and offerings. In Vermont, you don’t have to travel far to see a biking trailhead or arts venue, and most often, they’re within close range of each other. Additionally, the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) have forged their own paths to best serve their communities, including deeply-rooted partnerships with dozens of regional arts and biking organizations. Read More
The Genius of His Own House

The Genius of His Own House

Posted: April 13, 2017

For Alex Aldrich “Tis pity if the case require (Or so we say) that in the end We speak the literal to inspire The understanding of a friend”, wrote Robert Frost, Vermont’s first poet laureate, in 1913 as a caveat to himself and his readers alike. Live in a town without a bakery or cake on the grounds that they aren’t necessary and see what it’s like; possible, yes, but so damned ordinary. Read More