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Love and War and Film

Love and War and Film

Posted: August 3, 2017

“Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story” is one of the films selected for screening in the Vermont Collection of the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. The origin story of the film is almost as intriguing as the tale itself. Filmmaker Kevin Thornton followed rumors, faced dead ends, and made coincidental connections. His journey included a missing diary, a 21-page letter, and a wedding photograph from 1860. The research took several years, and along the way, Kevin wasn’t sure it would come to anything. As pieces fell into place, he thought he might write an article. But when he found the all-important wedding photo, after tracking down a Burlington-dwelling descendant of the aforementioned letter’s recipient, “I just decided on the spot I was going to make a film.” Read More
Karen Mittelman Appointed Arts Council Director

Karen Mittelman Appointed Arts Council Director

Posted: July 20, 2017

Karen S. Mittelman, Ph.D, has accepted the position of executive director. Mittelman is currently director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Washington, D.C. She brings to the Arts Council more than thirty years of experience in the public sector and the federal cultural arena. In addition to the NEH, Mittelman held a senior position at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and served as curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Read More
Finding a Solution — the Vermont Way

Finding a Solution — the Vermont Way

Posted: October 27, 2016

Inspiration has always been at the core of creativity and the creation of both fine art and commercial art. As artists we inspire other artists to create. We constantly reference and learn from our mentors, fellow artists, and history. We grow by watching and sometimes even imitating, be that borrowing a technique or referencing a specific artist’s style or period of art. The end goal for any artist is to assimilate what’s inspired you and turn it into something new and unique — something that is ownable in it’s own right. But what happens when an artist feels that another artist may have referenced their work too closely? Read More
Arts and Humanities Month

Arts and Humanities Month

Posted: September 28, 2016

Each year, the president officially proclaims October to be Arts and Humanities Month. This year President Barack Obama wrote, "In many ways, the arts and humanities reflect our national soul. They are central to who we are as Americans — as dreamers and storytellers, creators and visionaries." He also referenced unity, saying, "In our increasingly global economy, we recognize the power of the arts and humanities to connect people around the world. Be it through the pen of a poet, the voice of a singer, or the canvas of a painter, let us continue to harness the unparalleled ways the arts and humanities bring people together." Read More
Hop to It!

Hop to It!

Posted: August 31, 2016

SEABA’s Art Hop is next weekend. As always, there’s a ton to see, from local media screenings to comedy shows, chocolate sculptures to live art-making. You can even paint a tiny canvas, roll papers for a community quilling project, play recycled mini golf or cardboard pinball (this is how that got started), make a screen print, pour an artsy latte, dance, eat, drink, color, drum, shop, aRT, DJEMBE, CARNIVAL, ART, YOGA, ART! YES! And, you can swing into SEABA’s tent to have a beer and vote on a label design. Wait. There’s Beer? Read More
Views From the Top

Views From the Top

Posted: August 10, 2016

Before the primary election, the Council visited with all 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 each interview. Responses from the two candidates who will be on the ballot in November are summarized on this page. Read More