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Category: Vermont Arts Organizations

An Art-Packed Summer Day

An Art-Packed Summer Day

Posted: July 20, 2017

In “Summer Blues,” Vermont poet David Budbill laments, “Ninety days is what we get, just Ninety days of frost free weather.” He then instructs, “we Just got to get outside and get together!” As the frost-free days accumulate, the Vermont Arts Calendar swells to include hundreds of events. Choosing becomes overwhelming. I find help in “How to Art Pack Your Day in Ten Easy Steps,” first published in July 2015. I begin by selecting my last stop: Rutland. A mural by Bill Ramage piques my interest. I'll follow it with free movie night at the Paramount. I decide to stay off the interstate. As I meander, I mentally highlight this part of tip #8: “Art can be found in the most surprising places.” I hit pay dirt on my first stop. Read More
Compassionate Community

Compassionate Community

Posted: June 22, 2017

It’s just after 6:30 Thursday evening. I enter Burlington’s Town Center Mall and scan the directory for Victoria’s Secret. The group I’m looking for meets in an empty store across the hall from the lingerie boutique. Two bassists, a cellist, and an equal smattering of violinists and wind players are sitting on folding chairs warming up their instruments. Caroline Whiddon manages the group. She moves from the front of the room to the back, stopping to answer questions, check in, and hand out tickets for the upcoming concert. Other musicians filter in. When it’s close to 7:00, Ronald Braunstein arrives. He is the conductor, but it is a violinist who first takes the podium. She tells the players to put both feet on the ground. They do. She visibly inhales then exhales, gesturing with her arms as she breathes. Read More
2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting

Posted: May 15, 2017

The Arts Council’s annual meeting will be held in Room 11 at the Vermont State House from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. New board members will be elected by vote of the membership. Members have been sent a ballot in the mail; ballots can also be submitted in person prior to the 3:30 convening. The final quarterly board meeting of Arts Council trustees will be held on June 5 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 10 at the Vermont State House. 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. All Council board meetings are open to the public. Read More
The 2017 Garden Party is Here

The 2017 Garden Party is Here

Posted: May 15, 2017

… and you're invited! Gather in the Council's Sculpture Garden from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for music by Cajun Double Fiddles, good food, and a celebration of Connection: The Art of Coming Together. Step into the Spotlight Gallery to view a group show by the same name curated by Ric Kadour. Read More
Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Posted: April 17, 2017

Vermonters are often said to have a way of being “unique,” from their one-of-a-kind politics and rock bands to the spelling of the state’s favorite sweet treat — Maple Creemees. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the state’s world-class outdoors and arts scenes are unprecedented in their access and offerings. In Vermont, you don’t have to travel far to see a biking trailhead or arts venue, and most often, they’re within close range of each other. Additionally, the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) have forged their own paths to best serve their communities, including deeply-rooted partnerships with dozens of regional arts and biking organizations. Read More
At Seventeen and Prime

At Seventeen and Prime

Posted: April 13, 2017

Karen Kevra is the founder and artistic director of Capital City Concerts (CCC). Seventeen years ago, she began inviting some of the world’s finest musicians to join her to concertize in central Vermont. Now, CCC is an established nonprofit,  bringing a series of world-class performances to the state every year. Read More