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Category: Arts Council Grant Programs

Kristen M. Watson on Crowdfunding

Kristen M. Watson on Crowdfunding

Posted: October 13, 2016

Kristen M. Watson is one of nine artists who received an Artist Development Grant from the Arts Council in FY2017. She'll be going to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson for a four-week residency — something she described as, "a huge opportunity for me to have uninterrupted studio time, indispensable critical feedback from fellow professional and accomplished artists, and valuable networking opportunities." Along with a scholarship from the Studio Center, the grant is one piece of the funding puzzle she is putting together. Another is a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Read More
Funding Available for Public Art

Funding Available for Public Art

Posted: September 26, 2016

Information sessions for the Animating Infrastructure Grant program will be held October 13-26. The program is designed to encourage communities to engage artists in the planning, design and/or fabrication of public art in infrastructure projects and to encourage thinking beyond the ordinary as concepts for new buildings, roads, bridges, and other public spaces are developed. Participants will learn about the application process, and will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for projects in their own community. Sessions are led by Michele Bailey, senior program director at the Vermont Arts Council. Anyone who wants to learn more about this grant program is encouraged to attend. Read More
On Impact

On Impact

Posted: August 4, 2016

Spending a day with the Arts Impact Grant panel was an exercise in appreciation. I’ve done some work with the Poetry Out Loud program and have served on Arts Council committees, but have never seen a grant panel at work until recently. As a Council board member, I was an observer. What became increasingly clear to me throughout the day how much thought, preparation, and meticulous hard work goes into the process. Read More
Grant Seeker Workshops for FY2017

Grant Seeker Workshops for FY2017

Posted: March 15, 2016

Workshops for artists and organizations seeking Arts Council grants will be held March 30 through April 7. Anyone planning to apply for an Arts Impact, Creation, Technical Assistance, or Artist Development Grant is encouraged to attend. Participants will understand more about each of the Council's grant programs and learn how to create a more competitive application. Read More
Building Community Out of Silos

Building Community Out of Silos

Posted: February 18, 2016

“Jeffersonville Fiercely Debates Proposed Public Art” proclaimed the Stowe Reporter headline. Asked about those words, Justin Marsh, trustee of the Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) laughs. “Fierce may be a bit strong, but there has certainly been debate. And I think the project has been more successful because of it.” Six months earlier, Marsh and CAC president Carol Plante didn’t have an idea in mind when they decided to attend a Vermont Arts Council grant seeker workshop. They were intrigued by the grant name, Animating Infrastructure, and CAC was looking for a new project. “It was a bit daunting,” said Marsh, “but the workshop organizers were encouraging and the first phase required only a one-page proposal so we went for it.” Read More
Cultural Facilities Grant Seeker Workshops

Cultural Facilities Grant Seeker Workshops

Posted: February 17, 2016

Overview The Vermont Arts Council will host free workshops for Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities interested in applying for FY2017 Cultural Facilities Grants. Through the Cultural Facilities Grant program, grants up to $30,000 are awarded to Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities to enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public. Projects such as wiring, heating, adding accessibility features (e.g. elevators, lifts, assistive listening systems, ramps, and bathrooms), lighting, and stage improvements are eligible for consideration. Read More