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Category: Arts in Education

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
Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Posted: July 21, 2016

The brochure reads, "Here at The Barre Opera House, we care about the performance, but our camp motto is 'process over product.’  Let's have a great theater experience this summer!" For the last two weeks, thirty kids ages 10-17 have been immersed a well-planned, expertly staffed, and skillfully executed theater camp. They are gearing up to perform "The Little Mermaid Jr." early Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. There's a lot to learn. Read More
Who Says “Yes” to Art?

Who Says “Yes” to Art?

Posted: June 9, 2016

Vermonters, of course. The University of Vermont's Center for Rural Studies conducts a statewide telephone survey every year. Hundreds of statistically representative households are contacted. "The Vermonter Poll" has been used by researchers, policy makers, social advocates, and citizens since 1990 to gauge opinions about contemporary issues. This year, three questions about the arts were included. Vermonters were presented three statements and asked to note the extent of their agreement or involvement. Read More
The Annual Garden Party is Here

The Annual Garden Party is Here

Posted: May 26, 2016

and you're invited! Gather in the Council's Sculpture Garden from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the arts in education. Honor all the teachers, artists, administrators, parents, and community members who work to ensure the arts are central to the education of every Vermont child. Enjoy the music of Cajun Double Fiddles, then step inside to view paintings by Gabe Tempesta in the Spotlight Gallery. Refreshments, including the ever-popular cake bar, will be served. Read More
Connecting Concepts

Connecting Concepts

Posted: March 31, 2016

Teaching artists have to squeeze in a lot of things, including conversations. Time to talk comes somewhere between managing the performance of a children’s opera and teaching paper arts to infants. Or, so it is with Rebecca Mack—a busy person who must choose wisely how she'll spend her energy. Rebecca is a preschool teacher and performing musician who also makes visual art. For the past seven years, she has worked at Burlington Children’s Space, most recently serving as the school’s atelierista. Hers is a part-time position, which allows her to work elsewhere as a teaching artist and spend time with her own art and family. Read More
Arts Connect 2016

Arts Connect 2016

Posted: March 14, 2016

Are you interested in using your art form to support children’s learning in all subjects? Arts integration that engages children of all abilities and backgrounds requires creative work with classroom teachers. VSA Vermont—in partnership with the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA), the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington City Arts and the Vermont Arts Council—is offering a three-credit graduate course for teaching artists to learn more about arts integration, Universal Design for Learning, and classroom collaboration. Teaching artists from across Vermont are encouraged to apply for participation in the third annual Arts Connect professional development program. Read More