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Category: Arts Council Grant Programs

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
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
Grant Seeker Workshops

Grant Seeker Workshops

Posted: February 15, 2017

Are you thinking about applying for an Arts Council grant? Attend a workshop February 24, March 1, or March 2. These free sessions are designed for both new and experienced grant writers. There are separate sessions for individual artists and representatives of organizations, as different grants are available for each. Anyone interested in the three-year Arts Partnership Program, the annual Arts Impact or Creation Grants, or the rolling Technical Assistance or Artist Development Grants should attend. (Cultural Facilities Grants have a workshop of their own.) Read More
Grant Seeker Workshops: Cultural Facilities and Historic Preservation

Grant Seeker Workshops: Cultural Facilities and Historic Preservation

Posted: February 2, 2017

The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation are partnering to host three grant seeker workshops in March. Anyone interested in applying for an FY2018 Cultural Facilities or Historic Preservation Grant is encouraged to attend one of the sessions. Participants will learn more about the programs and how to complete a more competitive application. Read More
Intersecting Art

Intersecting Art

Posted: January 19, 2017

From maple products to skating rinks, 43 Brattleboro fourth graders researched and mapped their interests. Artist-in-residence Mollie Burke led the Academy School students through a project integrating mapmaking with the study of Vermont history. First, they found facts: Where are Vermont's skating rinks? Sugaring facilities? Highest populations? Then, over ten days, the students sketched and hand painted maps depicting information about a favorite topic. Read More
Sean Williams on Crowdfunding

Sean Williams on Crowdfunding

Posted: October 13, 2016

Sculptor Sean Williams was thrilled to receive an FY2017 Artist Development Grant. He planned to use the funds to attend a workshop on digital sculpture and the human anatomy at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles. The grant would cover some expenses, but wouldn't stretch far enough for travel costs. The intrepid artist turned to crowdfunding; he set up a campaign on GoFundMe, took a deep breath, and made the ask. Sean not only met his financial target — he exceeded it.  Read More