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Arts News for July 20, 2017  
Karen Mittelman Appointed Executive Director

Like many Vermonters, Karen Mittelman enjoys kayaking on the Battenkill, skiing, and hiking. And, like many Vermonters, she is passionate about the power of the arts and humanities to transform individual lives and reinvigorate communities. Now, Karen is on her way to becoming a Vermonter as she prepares to take the helm at the Vermont Arts Council in October.

Karen has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector and the federal cultural arena. She is currently director of public programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Prior to joining the NEH in 1998, Karen held a senior position at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and served as curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
"I'm honored and excited to join the Vermont Arts Council in its vital mission," said Mittelman. "This is a challenging time for artists and cultural organizations, and it is also a time when the arts are essential to the life and strength of our communities. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and with our partners across the state to learn about, build on, and enhance Vermont's deep commitment to the arts."

Join us in welcoming Karen to the Council and to our Green Mountain State.

Read more about Karen here.
New Finance Director at the Council

Alice Claflin has joined the Arts Council as director of finance. She has worked for brokerage firms, an independent film company, banks, and small nonprofits. Most recently, Alice was a consultant serving the boards and staff of small and mid-sized organizations to strengthen financial management and reporting practices.

Alice is responsible for the organization's day-to-day financial operation and leads all fiscal administration, business planning, and budgeting. Welcome Alice!
Sean Williams' concept was selected for the Roxbury Fish Culture Station.
Artists Selected for Two Art in State Buildings Projects

Artists have been selected to produce works of public art at two state sites. Sean Williams, a second-generation granite sculptor based in Barre, will carve a granite sculpture for the Roxbury Fish Culture Station. Braintree sculptor Karen Petersen will create a Morgan horse cast in bronze for the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

Both artists presented their proposals to Project Review Committees comprising employees, community members, and visual arts experts. They will now work with the committees to develop a final design for each site.
Karen Petersen's design was selected for the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery.

The Art in State Buildings Program is a partnership between the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services. Funded by the Art in State Buildings Act, the program allows up to two capital construction projects to be selected each year. Find more information on the Art in State Buildings program.
Arts Briefs
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is accepting applications for a museum operations intern to build professional skills and relationships with experienced museum mentors. 
 Get the details.
In a VTDigger commentary, Rick Winston explores why arts and humanities programs may be under the threat of extinction because they "are high on the elimination wish list of certain powerful ideologues."
  Read it here.
Artists, artisans, and makers  of visual, performance, sound, and video art are invited to exhibit at steAmfest, Essex Junction's first two-day arts festival on September 29 and 30. The deadline is August 1.
 Find out how to apply.
Upcoming Vermont Arts 2017 Events
Middlebury College Mead Memorial Chapel
 July 21
Art on Main
July 21
ArtisTree Community
Arts Center
July 21
South Pomfret
Chandler Center for the Arts
July 21 and 29
Currier Hall
July 21 to 23
Bellows Falls
Weston Playhouse
July 20 to 29
Oldcastle Theatre Company
July 21 to August 6
Highland Center for the Arts
July 22
Helen Day Art Center
July 22
 Brandon Music
July 22
Bundy Modern
July 22 to September 10
Castleton Downtown Gallery
Through August 12
 Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
July 23
Enosburg Falls
Dog Mountain
July 23
St. Johnsbury
483 Depot Street
to September 4
Featured Story
"Stirrings," by Ria Blaas at Fable Farm in Barnard.
A Summer's Day of Arts

Vermont's green hills and early sunrises call to us on summer days. First they command, "Get out here!" Then they whisper, "There's art."

You might want to include a dance festival, paint plein air, or find the unexpected. There is a way to do it. We hope this week's featured story, "An Art-Packed Summer Day" inspires you to make a perfect day of your own.

The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of 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.

Past Issues, 2017

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.