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Arts News for September 14, 2017  
2017 Arts Awards Recipients Announced
 
Five creative and accomplished Vermonters will be honored at the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards on October 24. From intricate illustrations and issues-based novels to artist-focused disaster relief, the awardees' work represents the depth of talent and passion for the arts that define our state's creative sector.
 
The 2017 Arts Awards recipients are: (clockwise from top left) David Macaulay, Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts; Chris Bohjalian, Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts; Gregory Sharrow, Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts; Taryn Noelle, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education; Cornelia Carey, Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy. Read more about the 2017 awardees and their accomplishments in this week's Featured Story.
 
Join us in celebrating these five outstanding individuals on October 24 at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. Tickets will be available September 26.
Christal Brown
Multimedia Dance Piece to Debut at the Arts Awards

Led by choreographer and professor of dance Christal Brown, the Dance Company of Middlebury will perform a new work at the Governor's Arts Awards on October 24. This will mark the first time a modern dance performance is presented on the Highland Center for the Arts stage.
 
The theme of the 2017 Governors Arts Awards is "The Art of Inclusion." As they develop the choreography, Christal and her dancers are exploring what inclusion means to them. She explained that "By delving deeply into their own experiences, cultures, and aspirations, the Dance Company of Middlebury will be sharing the physical manifestations of their inquiry in a work called Native + Stranger." 
 
Christal Brown was the recipient of a Rebecca Blunt Fund Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts and a FY2018 Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council. Read more about Christal Brown and the work she is doing at Middlebury College and beyond.
A New Arts Venue in Vermont!

What is better than being among the first to visit a brand new state-of-the-art performing arts facility? How about enjoying a beautiful drive through the Vermont countryside to get there? Where else can you join the arts community in honoring five of Vermont's exceptional citizens? Make the trip to Greensboro on October 24, and you can do it all!
 
The  Highland Center for the Arts, modeled after Shakespeare's famous Globe Theater in London, opened in June 2017. HCA's aim is to provide opportunities "to create, exhibit, view, experience, perform, learn about and talk about art through performances, programs, workshop, festivals, classes, and multi-disciplinary events." The facility includes a 250-seat theater, an art gallery, and the Hardwick Street CafĂ©. We look forward to filling the theater as we celebrate the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards recipients and Vermont's creativity. Join us!
Arts Briefs
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center invites applications for OPEN CALL NXNE 2018, an exhibit of established, mid-career, and emerging artists producing works on paper.
 Get the details.
Revitalizing Waterbury seeks a partner to help refresh a community gathering space located at the Waterbury Train Station. The deadline for RFPs is November 1.
 Find out how to apply
It's National Arts in Education Week. Participate in workshops, webinars, and advocacy efforts and share your arts ed stories on social media with #BecauseOfArtsEd
  More information.
Upcoming Vermont Arts 2017 Events
THE COOKERS
Vermont Jazz Center
September 15
Brattleboro
Latchis Theater
September 16
Brattleboro
Dog Mountain
September 17
St. Johnsbury
DOCUMENTARY: REMBRANDT MASTERWORKS
Bellows Falls Opera House
September 21
Bellows Falls
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
September 21
Brattleboro
 
Helen Day Art Center
September 22 to November 11
Stowe
Village Green
September 22 and 23
Woodstock
Billings Farm and MBR National Park
September 23 and 24
Woodstock
Studio on Brainstorm Road
September 23
Braintree
VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MADE IN VERMONT TOUR
 multiple venues
September 20 to 26
multiple locations
 
Old West Church
September 17, 24 and
October 1
Calais
Bryan Memorial Gallery
through November 5
Jeffersonville
NORTH SEA GAS
 Highland Center for the Arts
September 23
Greensboro
Middlebury College Dana Auditorium
September 23
Middlebury
 
Brandon Music
September 23
Brandon
The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which requires a 1:1 match from the Vermont State Legislature. Council grants, programs, and statewide arts promotion would not be possible without the critical funding provided by these government agencies.
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Past Issues, 2017

September 14, 2017  arts awards recipients, debut performance, and venue | call for NXNE 2018 | revitalizing Waterbury Train Station | Arts Education week

August 31, 2017  Arts Council and Humanities Council statement on inclusion | call to artists for FLOURISH | Waterbury Historical Society seeks archivist | Kentucky Arts Council accepting application for marketing and communications administrative branch manager

August 17, 2017  Stephen Pite appointed to board | Artists in Schools Grants open | VPR fortieth anniversary | Charlotte Albright commentary on steamroller art | VATA fall conference | WonderArts hiring | Studio Place Arts residency | Creation Grant recipients

August 3, 2017  grant awardees announced | Vermont Creative Network news | Lt. Gov. Zuckerman joins military arts initiative | become an Art Hound | Arts Literacy Institute August 8-10 | Kevin Thornton's documentary, "Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story"

July 20, 2017  Karen Mittleman appointed executive director | Alice Claflin is Finance Director | Sean Williams and Karen Petersen commissioned for public art projects | An Art-Packed Summer Day

July 6, 2017  Art in State Buildings project update | NEA funding for Vermont organizations | Head Starts Arts Integration and Technical Assistance Grants open | call to artists for Compass Music and Arts | Downtown Rutland seeking marketing and events coordinator | call open for 31st annual Hard + Soft exhibition  | A Short Distance to Vibrant Arts

June 22, 2017  theater, music, and other festivals | summer arts camps | Magic Hat wins arts award | CERF+ "Get Ready" Grants | applications for public art in Waterbury | Monteverdi School seeks director | more about the Me2/Orchestra

June 8, 2017  share your town's arts and culture | new trustees elected | input on strategic plan | Levitt AMP concert series at Dog Mountain | FlynnArts program | Ric Kasini Kadour curates exhibit in Spotlight Gallery

May 25, 2017  annual meeting and garden party June 5 | Ric Cadour curating show for Spotlight Gallery | Leahy introduces Artist-Museum Partnership Act | Annual Report designer wins award | Creative Schools Initiative Teacher Institute coming | Arts Council hiring | town plan survey

May 11, 2017  Animating Infrastructure Grants to five communities | Jocelyn Pike first at Congressional Art Competition | Lee Ann Cox wins The Center for Fiction's 2016 Christopher Doheny Award | bike trails near arts attractions

April 27, 2017  interim director Teri Bordenave | IAA family portrait project | Poetry Out Loud champion in Washington, DC | NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index | VSA Vermont seeks executive director | Laura Jane Walker's art in Spotlight Gallery

April 13, 2017  celebrate National Poetry Month | Alex Aldrich honored by legislature and poet laureate | Integrated Arts Academy enters ACT competition | window stickers available | Lyric Theatre seeking executive director | Tap into Film registration open | Make Music Vermont event approaching | Capital City Concerts to premiere Evan Premo piece

March 30, 2017  Alex Aldrich stepping down | Emily Friedrichsen is Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Champion | Alison Bechdel Named Vermont Cartoonist Laureate | public art commissions available | call to artists and makers for maker faire | Spruce Peak Arts Center seeks executive director | call for SculptFest 2017 | interview with April Ossmann

March 16, 2017  Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Championship | Trump administration proposes elimination of NEA | daylong convening on accessibility, equity, and community inclusion | calls to artists open for Arts in State Buildings | art and snowboarding

March 2, 2017  spring convening highlights accessibility | calls to artists for Art in State Buildings program | call to artists for Spotlight Gallery | Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2017 semifinals | nominations open for Vermont Arts Awards | kindergarten conference based in art | art and maple syrup tour

February 16, 2017  grants open | grant seeker workshops offered | executive director needed at Chandler | Voices of the Wilderness artist residency | Cold Hollow Sculpture Park looking for program coordinator | VAE success story

February 2, 2017  Vermont Arts Advocacy Day | National Arts Advocacy | tribute to Howard Frank Mosher | Dorset Theatre Festival's 40th Anniversary | Cultural Facilities Grants open | Vermont Governor's Institutes accepting applications | Kathy Stark's exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery

January 19, 2017  arts advocacy | funding cuts proposed | Vermont Arts 2017 | The Art of Inclusion workshop announced | Poem City coming | Building a Marketing Plan workshop announced | art mapping at Academy School

Past Issues, 2016

December 22, 2016  holiday message

December 8, 2016  Peter Gould's Slow School Movement | ten ways to give arts | holiday season events

November 24, 2016  Governor's Arts Award report | inviting nominations | VSO seeks director of philanthropy | Vermont Performance Lab invites applicants for SEED | Animating Infrastructure letter of intent due | Arts amd Alpine Define Winter Landscape

November 10, 2016  Governor's Arts Awards coming | Animating Infrastructure Grants | Poetry Out Loud registration deadline | Katie Runde's "Etudes"

October 27, 2016  Halloween events | NEFA Creatives Count | Performance Showcase | Creative Learning Forum | The Arts Are Essential | a copyright misunderstanding

October 13, 2016  Governor's Arts Awards | Vermont Arts 2017 | Animating Infrastructure Grant information sessions | Winning Public Art Commissions workshop | survey for creative workers | VMTA conference | interviews with Kristen M. Watson and Sean Williams

September 29, 2016  tributes to Budbill and Kinsey | NEFA survey for creative workers | Vermont Arts 2017 survey | Winning Public Art Commissions | Animating Infrastructure Grants and workshops | Off Center for Dramatic Arts' Fringe Festival

September 15, 2016  Market Vermont Grant program open | Vermont Arts & Culture Heritage Retreat | welcome Meredith Bell | Vermont Creative Learning Forum | Winning Public Art Commissions | Vermont Studio Center fellowships | VJC Summer Workshop

September 1, 2016  Breaking Into Business: Winning Public Art Commissions | first Friday art walks | NEA study on arts participation state-by-state | grants for choreographers | Hop to It! featured story

August 18, 2016  Symbolic Landscapes coming to Spotlight Gallery | Troy Hickman is education programs manager | Artists in Schools Grant round open | 2017 AMP [Your City] Grant program open | Art House hiring teaching artist

August 4, 2016  gubernatorial candidates speak about arts | FY2017 grants awarded | Jeffersonville to dedicate silo murals | reflections from grant panelist

July 21, 2016  outdoor sculpture | music festivals | Arts Literacy Institute | grants and information associate | "The Little Mermaid, Jr." at Barre Opera House

July 7, 2016  Capitol District and arts events | embeddable arts calendar | job opening for grants and information associate | Vermont Arts Guide | Artist Development and Technical Assistance Grant rounds open | watercolors by Amanda Amend

June 23, 2016  artists added to teaching artist roster | Rachel Stearns joins Council staff | summer arts camps | grant programs opening July 1 | SailArt Floating Gallery | video on Make Music Vermont | art donated to hospitals | website accessibility

June 9, 2016  arts education celebrated at garden party | new board members elected at annual meeting | Jane Chu visits Vermont | applications open for Vermont Folklife Center's Traditional Arts Appprenticeship Program | call for Great Vermont Plein Air Paint Out | collaboration between Council and Vermont Arts Exchange in Head Start Program | results of Vermonter Poll

May 26, 2016  garden party celebrates arts in education | Arts Council annual meeting | Bob Stannard teaches harmonica to IAA students | Times Argus editorial on arts in Vermont | Upcycle Art Bike competition | Michelle Obama's Turnaround Arts Program to continue via Kennedy Center | Anais Mitchell's "Hadestown" arrives in New York | combine art and hiking along the Long Trail

May 12, 2016  NEA awards $175,000 to Vermont organizations | state appropriation to Council approved | H. 868 passes, Council to establish Vermont Creative Network | annual meeting and garden party | Make Music VT | VSA workshop "Drumming for Success" | Upcyle Art Bike competition | new and older work by Gabe Tempesta in Spotlight Gallery

April 28, 2016  Arts Council receives marketing award | Make Music Day VT | AFTA tools for the creative sector | Gabriel Tempesta in the Spotlight Gallery | theater collaboration

April 14, 2016  grant deadlines | National Poetry Month | Vermont Creative Network | "Flight" at West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Center

March 31, 2016  State Arts Advocacy Day | arts collector's cards | Vermont Poetry Out Loud champion | Rebecca Mack and Arts Connect

March 17, 2016  Poety Out Loud Finals | Arts Advocacy Day in D.C. | arts collector's cards | grant seeker workshops | March madness membership drive | fifteen artists on art

March 3, 2016  Poety Out Loud Semifinals | Creation and Arts Impact Grants available | Cultural Facilities grant seeker workshops | Vermont Arts Advocacy Day | Dianne Shullenberger and "Circular Earth"

February 18, 2016  Cultural Facilities grantees honored | NCAS Approved by Vermont Department of Education | Cultural Facilities Grants: Aapply now | debate over silos brings community together

February 4, 2016  Honoring Cultural Facilities Grantees | Caryn King in the Spotlight Gallery | The Agile Nonprofit workshop | Farm to Ballet takes dance to new venues in 2016

January 21, 2016  Art in State Buildings reception | The Agile Nonprofit Workshop | Breaking into Business Workshop | more about Caryn King's art

January 7, 2016  welcome to Vermont Arts 2016 | Breaking into Business Workshop | call to action in arts education | art as an anchor for one student

Other Newsletters

Advocacy Updates  Sometimes an update, sometimes a call to action. Always information about the Council's position during the legislative session.

Breaking Into Business  Resources for the business-minded artist.

Notes From Outside the Box  Keeping our sector informed about the progress and shaping of the Vermont Creative Network.

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