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Category: Arts Advocacy

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
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
Vermont Arts Advocacy Day

Vermont Arts Advocacy Day

Posted: January 26, 2017

This is the day to escalate awareness of the value of art and creativity in Vermont. The arts change our lives and transform our communities. Stories demonstrate how vital the arts and creativity are to Vermont and the nation. Your voice communicates priorities for the investment of public dollars. Join others from across the state on February 3 to learn, share, and participate in the democratic process. Read More
The Candidates Speak — on the Arts

The Candidates Speak — on the Arts

Posted: July 28, 2016

The Council recently visited with the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor. We asked about statewide issues, a personal connection to the arts, arts education and programs for youth, the new administration's role in the creative economy, and Vermont as a cultural destination. Candidates were also given the opportunity to say what immediate priorities they would set for the creative community. We posed the same six questions in every interview. Responses are summarized on this page. Read More