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Arts News for April 12, 2018   
Gregory Sharrow (top), Peter Kriff
Saying Goodbye to Two Arts Leaders
We are mourning the recent loss of two outstanding members of the Vermont arts community. Gregory Sharrow, who worked at the Vermont Folklife Center, was a passionate advocate for sharing the voices of all Vermonters. Peter Kriff served on the Council's board of trustees.
Michele Bailey, senior programs manager at the Arts Council, worked closely with Greg and was also a longtime friend. "His dedication to inclusion, diversity, and tolerance was an inspiration to many," she said. "By telling Vermonters' stories, Greg created empathy and understanding between and among different cultures and people."  
Bob Stannard, chair of the Council's board, noted that Peter "served Vermont and the arts with grace, dignity, and passion.  He was not only a strong advocate for the arts but also for accessibility. Arts Council board members deeply appreciated Peter's wisdom, passion, and kind and gentle spirit. He was a fighter and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His passing is a loss for Vermont."
Grants Season is in Full Swing
The Council is now accepting applications from Vermont artists for Creation Grants, which support the creation of new work and can fund time, materials, or space rental. Arts Impact Grants, which support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in providing equal and abundant access to the arts, will open on May 1.
The Art in State Buildings program closes its application period on April 24 and the Cultural Facilities program follows, closing on May 1. Get those applications completed - or started, depending which grant you're going for!
Detail from "Subirdia" by Hannah Morris.
Save the Date! Annual Meeting is May 4
All are invited to attend the Arts Council's annual meeting on Friday, May 4. The gathering will be in the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State St., at 3:30 p.m. New trustees will be elected and Executive Director Karen Mittelman will give a report on the state of the arts. 
May 4 is also Montpelier Alive's next Art Walk. Following the annual meeting, come to a reception in the Spotlight Gallery for "Artists to Watch Part II," at 136 State St. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Join us!
Deadline Extended: Disability Awareness Training
There's still time to register for the Council's Disability Awareness Training in Johnson on April 19. The session will be repeated in Brattleboro on April 25. This workshop is part of the Council's Agile Nonprofit program, which offers professional development for staff, directors, and board members. Please sign up by April 17.
Other upcoming Agile Nonprofit events include: 
Communication is Key in Middlebury on May 8
Sensory-Friendly workshop and performance in Burlington on May 9
After-party in Burlington on May 9 (follows Sensory-Friendly program; anyone who has attended events in the inclusion series is welcome).
Arts Briefs
CERF+ recently announced the release of a free, downloadable guide to estate planning for artists. "Crafting Your Legacy" can be used as a supplement to other guides or to help artists begin the legacy planning process.
 Download your copy.
Catamount Arts and The School of Creative and Performing Arts invite middle school, high school, and college students to participate in a 48-hour filmmaking competition. The team registration deadline is April 14.
 Register now
VSA Vermont's Northeast Region Teaching Artist Training Series continues with "Social Emotional Learning for Teaching Artists, Part II" on Monday, April 16, in Greensboro.
  Get the details.
Read a recent story about the series.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events
April 13
Main Street Landing
April 13 to 15
Christine Price Gallery
April 20
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
April 21
Henry Sheldon Museum
April 13
Chandler Center for the Arts
April 13
Highland Lodge
April 14
Brandon Music
April 14
Elley-Long Music Center 
April 15
 Lost Nation Theater
April 19 to May 6
Craftsbury Town Hall
April 28
Amy E. Tarrant Gallery
April 15
 Brattleboro Music Center and Vermont Jazz Center
April 13 to 15
Wilburton Inn
April 14
Elley-Long Music Center
April 14
Featured Story
It Happened in Hardwick
A small nonprofit in the Northeast Kingdom recently entered its fourth decade. The organization had a change in leadership. An artist who recently returned to Vermont stepped in as director.

These are common circumstances in Vermont, and all across rural America: baby boomers are stepping out. Young people are migrating. Some leave for good, some return. You can read one account in this week's featured story:
 "Moving Forward with Grace."
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.

Past Issues, 2018

April 12, 2018  mourning Greg Sharrow and Peter Kriff | Council grants available | annual meeting May 4 | disability awareness training | "Crafting Your Legacy" available as download | 48-hour filmmaking competition for students | northeast region teaching artist trainings | changes at G.R.A.C.E.

March 29, 2018  Art in State Buildings call for RFQ | Poetry Out Loud broadcast on VermontPBS | workshop on sensory-friendly performance | CERF seeks deputy director | scholarships available at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center | Burlington City Arts accepting applications for Summer Artist Market | featured story explores arts-integrated learning

March 16, 2018  Vermont Poetry Out Loud finalists and champion | Vermont Arts Advocacy Day recap | Amy Cunningham is Council deputy director | inclusion workshops coming up | Creative Community Fellows program open | Teaching Artist Roster deadline March 24 | Sculptfest invites proposals | Northeast Region Teaching Artist Training | Arts Council hiring finance assistant | Spruce Peak Performing Arts seeks facility manager | Building the Barrette is featured story

March 1, 2018  "Artists to Watch" opens | Arts Advocacy Day | Poetry Out Loud semifinals | Cultural Facilities grantee reception | Cultural Facilities grant seeker workshops | become exhibiting member Brandon Artists Guild | Governor's Institutes applications open | Vermont Studio Center seeks admissions manager | "Why Watch Artists" is featured story

February 15, 2018  NEA grants to seven Vermont organizations | Annual Report available | Vermont Arts 2018 stickers available | Cultural Facilities reception | Elizabeth Alexander now president of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Vermont Book Award nominations open | NEA chair's statement on elimination of funding in President's budget | skiing and arts in Vermont

February 1, 2018  commentary and survey on creative workforce | Caroline Tavelli-Abar talk and SiteTime event | Cultural Facilities grant seeker workshops | Council awards nominations open | Vermont's African American Heritage Trail | Humanities Council grants open | John Dunlop profile | VCFA attracting international talent

January 18, 2018  SiteTime: Falling and talk by Caroline Tavelli-Abar February 2 | Teaching Artist Training in Northeast Kingdom | Pauline Jennings receives SEED award | BMAC looking for office manager | New England Dance Fund grants available | new publication by Michael Caduto | "Spread the News" blog post

January 4, 2018  SiteTime Scene Two: Falling (postponed) | Teaching Artist Roster open | Vermont Arts 2018 announced | ThinkVermont seeks ambassadors | Miranda Thomas taking craft to Davos, Switzerland | Tessa O'Brien and Kat Clear bring art to Burlington City Hall Park | Ballet Vermont auditions open | Caroline Tavelli-Abar show in Spotlight Gallery

Past Issues, 2017

December 21, 2017  deputy director position at Council | Vermont artists week approaches | auditions for Lost Nation Theater | NECCA seeks director | Chris Bohjalian writes on activism

December 7, 2017  Zon Eastes retires | Clemmons Family Farm receives ArtPlace America grant | Governor's Institutes winter weekends | VSA Vermont mentoring program | Karen Mittelman on community

November 23, 2017  Scholastic Arts & Writing invitation | Northern Vermont University seeks professor of fine arts | artist residency program open at Marble House Project |  IAA Family Portrait Project

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

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.