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Arts News for May 25, 2017  
Photo by Michelle Saffran
Annual Meeting Highlights Arts Collaboration

The Council's 2017 annual meeting is June 5. The program includes election of new trustees, an organizational update, and a special guest. Judy Klima, arts integration coach at the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) in Burlington will speak about the "Family Portrait Project." This collaboration brought together students, IAA families, and the photographer Michelle Saffran to create intimate portraits depicting the many ways to define family.
Annual Meeting
Monday, June 5 
3:30 to 4:15 p.m. 
Room 11, Vermont State House
115 State Street  

More information about the annual meeting is on the website. If you are an Arts Council member, don't forget to vote!
Council Garden Party Invites you to Connect 
Join us after the annual meeting for music, food, and connection in the Council's sculpture garden. Cajun Double Fiddles will be playing on the porch, Bon Temps Gourmet will provide delectable refreshments, and there will be a cake bar. Everyone is welcome.

Garden Party
Monday, June 5
4:30 to 6 p.m.
136 State Street

RSVP here.
"The Graf, Lyndonville,Vermont." Photograph by Keith Chamberlin.
Ric Kadour Curates Spotlight Gallery Show

Art critic and publisher of the Vermont Art Guide, Ric Kadour, did not hesitate when presented with a new challenge: curate an exhibit based on the concept of connection. He first asked four artists or art professionals from different corners of the state to submit the name of an artist they consider part of their community or network. He then requested the same of those people and so on until he had gathered works by 17 different Vermont artists. The outcome of this challenge, including Kadour's commentary on the artists' relationships and artwork, will be exhibited starting June 5 at the Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery.

"Connection: the Art of Coming Together" will be on display through October 6.
 Senator Leahy Introduces Legislation to Help Artists
Print maker Sabra Field is a well-known artist. Her work graces the walls of many homes in Vermont and across the country. But, if Field wants to donate a piece of art to a nonprofit, the tax deduction she can claim covers only the materials she used to create the work, not the commercial value.

"When I tell those who solicit work I've created that I get no
tax deduction for donations of my work they look at me with disbelief," said Field. "Many nonprofits are not aware of the regulation, and many artists are shocked when they try to take a tax deduction for donating original art. We need to work to change this regulation and Senator Leahy is leading the way."

The legislation put forth by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, known as the "Artist-Museum Partnership Act," amends the Internal Revenue Code to "allow taxpayers who create literary, musical, artistic, or scholarly compositions or similar property a fair market value (determined at the time of contribution) tax deduction for contributions of such properties." The Act, first submitted in 2005, was reintroduced by Senator Leahy on May 18, 2017 to coincide with Nation Museum Day.

"Anyone who has contemplated a painting in a museum or examined an original manuscript or composition, gaining a greater understanding of both the artist and the subject, knows the tremendous value of these works," said Senator Leahy. "This reform would preserve cherished art works for generations by encouraging donations directly from artists. Tax law currently discriminates against Vermont's cherished local artists and undermines the ability of public and cultural institutions in our small cities and towns to collect and conserve our nation's cultural heritage." Read Senator Leahy's press release here.


Council Annual Report Designer Wins Award

Graphic designer Serena Fox recently received a 2017 Communicator Award for her work on the Council's FY2016 Annual Report. This award, presented by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, honors creative excellence for communications professionals. More than 6,000 entries were received from across the US and around the world.

Thank you Serena Fox for your beautiful design and creative approach to communicating the Council's message.

Haven't seen the Council's Annual Report? View it online or request a copy by mail.
Arts Briefs
The Creative Schools Initiative Teacher Institute, led by Eric Booth, will be held June 26 to 30 in Montpelier.
The application deadline is June 1.
 Find out how to apply.
The Vermont Arts Council is hiring an executive director and part-time director of finance. The application deadline for both positions is June 7.
The Governor's Institute on the Arts is accepting applications for its 2017 summer program, offering two weeks of creation, challenge, excellence, and excitement!
 Get the details.
Upcoming Vermont Arts 2017 Events
23 Depot Street
May 26
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
May 26 to June 24
South Pomfret
Artist Studios Throughout Vermont
May 27 and 28
May 27
Hooker Dunham Theatre & Gallery
June 2
New England Center for Circus Arts
The Austine Gym
June 2
Helen Day Art Center
June 2 to 4
North Universalist Chapel
June 2
Chandler Center for the Arts
June 2
 Brandon Music
June 3
Bundy Modern
Through July 9
New City Galerie
June 2
Featured Story
The flroal bridge on Langdon Street in Montpelier
The "Floral Bridge," by Naima Green, on Langdon Street in Montpelier.
How the Arts Matter

The arts and culture are central in many Vermonters' lives. This is not an accident or coincidence. The state is home to many artists. It's also home to many arts-minded citizens. A look at town plans hints at unseen efforts that support creativity in our communities.

Read more in this week's featured story: Digging Deeper.

Past Issues, 2017

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.