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Poetry Out Loud 2017 State Championship

Poetry Out Loud 2017 State Championship

Posted: March 8, 2017

Ten Finalists Congratulations to Aliyah Burr - Burlington High School | Alyese Caruso-Randall - Bellows Free Academy Fairfax | Taite Clark - The Sharon Academy | Jaime DeKett - Saint Johnsbury Academy | Abigail Detrick - Northfield High School | Emily Friedrichsen - Champlain Valley Union High School | Kira Hansen - Mount Anthony Union High School | Emily Klar - Lake Region Union High School | Casey Ober - Mount Abraham Union High School, and Gracie Smith -  Arlington Memorial High School! These students had the highest scores in the semifinals held March 8 and will advance to the championship round March 16, 2017. Read More
Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2017 Semifinals. Here.

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2017 Semifinals. Here.

Posted: February 28, 2017

The Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2017 Semifinals will be at the Barre Opera House on March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Champions from 34 high schools across the state will come to compete. Ten finalists will be named at the end of the day, and continue to the State Finals on March 16 at Vermont PBS. The state champion will move on to the National Championship held in April at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The semifinals can be seen via livestream, thanks to personnel and bandwidth from Big Heavy World. Read More
In a New Space

In a New Space

Posted: February 16, 2017

Leaving a beloved old home called for a creative solution. North Bennington's Sage Street Mill is set into a hill alongside Paran Creek. The brick building has floor-to-ceiling windows and a smoke stack out back. For 21 years, 10,000 square feet of the old factory was the rented home of the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE). Matthew Perry, VAE co-founder and executive director, said the building "served us well for all these many years and it was a central gathering place for arts and education in the community." But, it was expensive. "The building was not energy efficient and utility costs continued to rise. " 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
Slow School Movement

Slow School Movement

Posted: December 8, 2016

a slam poem by Peter Gould Let me tell you all about the work I've done for the past forty years: this ARTS IN EDUCATION. I'll tell it like a poem; like a work of art! I call it, the SLOW SCHOOL MOVEMENT! Read More
This Lovely Summer Camp

This Lovely Summer Camp

Posted: September 15, 2016

I turn left at the Putney General Store, driving uphill and away from the village. I want to check out Jazz Camp, a weeklong event for intergenerational learners held at The Putney School. It's  Thursday; camp started Monday. I follow back roads amidst thousands of maples to the campus, to be offered a long view of hills layered in hazy green and blue. Eugene Uman, the director of the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC), shows me around. Eugene is gregarious, positive, and careful with language. He’s laid back and completely on purpose all at once. A big-time community builder, he stands in the center of all things jazz, then draws everyone in. Read More