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Arts News for November 9, 2017  
Vermont Creative Network Summit: Two Days in Pictures
 
Photos by Rachel Stearns.
The scene at the Vermont Statehouse for the past two days was distinctly non-legislative. Creative Placemaking, Latest and Greatest Arts Economic Data, and The Alchemy of Appreciative
Inquiry were all on the agenda as representatives of the creative sector gathered in Montpelier to listen, share ideas, and commit to taking the Vermont Creative Network (VCN) to the next level.
 
The theme of the 2017 VCN Summit, "Connect to Advance," was evident throughout plenary presentations, break-out sessions, and in conversations beneath a bust of Abraham Lincoln. Stay tuned for information on outcomes and next steps.
 
Find out more about the Vermont Creative Network and sign up for Notes From Outside the Box to receive VCN news and updates.
Vermont Theater Company Wins Regional Award
 
Jarvis Antonio Green. Photo courtesy
The last twelve months have been eventful for JAG Productions. The Woodstock-based theater company produced two plays, August Wilson's "Fences" and the Vermont premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Choir Boy," and presented a theater festival focused on emerging African-American playwrights. In October, JAG received the New England Theatre Conference's Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre. All this from an organization formed in 2016!
 
In his acceptance speech, JAG Founding Producing Artistic Director Jarvis Antonio Green said "In this contemporary moment where we are constantly being made aware of the deep divisions that keep us segregated and siloed from people who don't act, think, talk, or look like us - it is crucial NOW more than ever that we build, encourage and support theaters that reflect the diversity in our nation and our world. Our stories desperately need to be told."
 
Congratulations to Jarvis Green and JAG Productions for this well-deserved honor -  and thanks for enriching Vermont's theater community.
 
 
Filmmaker Presents "My Father's Vietnam"

Oldcastle Theatre's Independent Film Series offers a rare opportunity to meet both the creator and the subject of a documentary film. On November 11, in honor of Veteran's Day, filmmaker Soren Sorensen will screen "My Father's Vietnam," which explores the connections made and unmade by the Vietnam War. Peter Sorensen, Vietnam veteran and father of the filmmaker, will join his son in a pre-event meet and greet and a post-screening Q&A.
 
Upcoming Vermont Arts 2017 Events
MUSICIANS FROM MARLBORO
Brattleboro Music Center
November 11
Brattleboro
Oldcastle Theatre
November 12
Bennington
November 12
Latchis Theater
Brattleboro
EMILY MASON: EXPLORATIONS
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
November 11 to January 7
Brattleboro
November 14
Unitarian Church
Montpelier
Brandon Artists Guild
through January 3
Brandon
Burlington City Arts
November 16
Burlington
 
Mahaney Center for the Arts
November 16
Middlebury
Mahaney Center for the Arts
November 16
Middlebury
DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
 Barrette Center for the Arts
November 15 to January 7
White River Junction
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
November 17
South Pomfret
Compass Music and Art
November 17 to
December 31
Brandon
THE SHARON SHANNON BAND
Barre Opera House
November 18
Barre
Vermont Jazz Center
November 18
Brattleboro
Brandon Music
November 17
Brandon
Featured Story
Cartoon by Hillary Orsini
Winter is Coming: Three Artists Get Creative

Winter in Vermont means icy roads, gray skies, and frozen fingers from October to March. If that were all it meant, we wouldn't want to live here. But Vermont artists, who choose to live here in higher concentration than in any other state, obviously find something redeeming. We asked a few Vermont artists for their tips on surviving - and maybe even enjoying - this frigid season. Read on in, "Ten Tips for Surviving Winter,"  this week's featured story.
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

November 9, 2017  Creative Network Summit highlights | award to JAG Productions | "My Father's Vietnam" | ten tips for surviving winter

October 26, 2017  Governor's Arts Awards highlights | Head Start Arts Integration Grants announced | accessibility workshop coming | teaching artist networking event | Karen Mittelman q and a

October 12, 2017    arts and culture's economic impact | Creative Network Summit approaching | enjoy Vermont Open Studio Weekend | 2018 Vermont Creative Schools Initiative Teaching Artist Academy & Fellowship Program | Arts Bus gala | summer residency available at Carving Studio & Sculpture Center | legacy workshops scheduled

September 28, 2017  "SiteTime" to open in Sculpture Garden | "Connection" in Spotlight Gallery to close | Governor's Arts awards in Greensboro | Jensen Beach wins 2017 Vermont Book Award | Helen Day seeks deputy director | Montpelier opens call to artists | Preservation Trust looking for field service provider |  "SiteTime" artists

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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