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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
Arts. Sites. 4 Everyone.

Arts. Sites. 4 Everyone.

Posted: June 23, 2016

You have audience members who can’t see very well, can’t hear well, or can't use a mouse. How successful would they be at navigating your website? We're all familiar with considerations of physical accessibility for arts events (accessible building entrances, bathrooms, and parking spaces). Making our online information available is equally important — but harder to understand. A ton of information is available, but some of it is dated, some confusing, and some in a format contradicting current standards. If this topic is overwhelming to you, join the club. We have been there. Here are some bare bones facts and a few fixes you might try. Read More
Arts Council Board and Annual Meetings

Arts Council Board and Annual Meetings

Posted: May 26, 2016

The final quarterly board meeting of Arts Council trustees will be held on June 6 from 12-3 p.m. in Room 10 at the Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier. All Council board meetings are open to the public. The board meets four times a year to ensure the health of the organization by providing expertise and insight into policy development, financial vitality, and programmatic integrity. The Arts Council’s annual meeting will be held in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont State House from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Read More
The Group in “Group Exhibit”

The Group in “Group Exhibit”

Posted: March 17, 2016

"Distinctive" is the word Petria Mitchell used. She was talking about the pieces in "Group Exhibit 2016" at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts. This Brattleboro gallery—now open about eighteen months—is Petria's first business venture after forty years of painting. The other part of Mitchell • Giddings is another painter, Jim Giddings. Fifteen mid-career and established artists are showing blown glass, stoneware, drawings, and paintings through April 17. Petria also chose the words "diverse" and "innovative." The artists' own descriptions of their work back up Petria's words: Read More
Advocacy 2016

Advocacy 2016

Posted: January 6, 2016

Each year, the Arts Council engages with elected officials about many arts-related issues. Individual voices can influence thinking on any issue; the arts are no different. And, Vermont’s size and democratic traditions mean that one person’s participation in the process can make a real difference for all Vermonters. Vermont’s legislature … Read More
Games for the Holidays

Games for the Holidays

Posted: November 24, 2015

It’s time for holiday shopping, and the Council is here to help. We’ll lead you straightaway to Amazon to buy the Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack. With this popular video game you can DRIVE EVIL CRAZY (so says the product description, complete with caps). “You’ll maneuver an unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles to embark on epic adventures over land, under sea, and through the sky.” You can order that right here. Here's another choice: The PinBox 3000 made by the Cardboard Teck Instantute in Vermont. Wait. Cardboard? Read More