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BiB Alumni News for March 22, 2017
Information, opportunities, and resources 
for working artists
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Artist Resource: Commit to Arts Advocacy
Governor Phil Scott gave his first budget address at the State House in January. In that address, he urged the legislature to join him in working step by step to create a balanced budget that will put Vermont on a new path to a prosperous future. Governor Scott likened the task of building Vermont's budget to climbing Mount Mansfield: "I learned a long time ago - after you look at that peak - you turn your focus to the stretch right in front of you ... [until you make] it to the top." He invited the lawmakers not to feel overwhelmed, but to join him in "working stretch by stretch. Because great things are at the top, if we have the discipline and commitment to follow through."
Vermont's budget is not the only one that proposes cuts to the arts at this stage - funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) also remain in question at the national level.
What can you do? Advocate. Apply discipline and commitment to ensuring that local and national leadership understand the importance of funding for arts and humanities. 
  1. Americans for the Arts (AFTA) recently created an Arts Mobilization Center that provides the up-to-date resources for addressing current advocacy issues. 
  2. The Arts Action Fund, the nation's only PAC for the arts. Join this organization to receive periodic messages and action alerts. 
  3. Become familiar with the Vermont Arts Council's Action Center, and join the Advocacy Updates mailing list to learn about calls to action.
"Columbine," by Sabrina Fadial. Forged steel, aluminum mesh and copper tape. Photo by Robert Layman.
Alumni Spotlight: Sabrina Fadial    
Barre-based artist Sabrina Fadial has recently concluded a group exhibit at the Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. A review in the Times Argus describes Fadial's work as "often botanical, but not precisely illustrative. Rather, her sculptures capture something essential from her subject and become art in the interpretation ... Steel and gold leaf, the piece ["Burdock"] is explosive and dynamic: tough and fragile." You can view full galleries of Fadial's sculpture on her newly-launched website.
Featured Artist Opportunity: SculptFest 2017 
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest 2017. This event will take place in September and October, and the theme for this year's outdoor exhibition is "The State of Hope." The exhibit will be guest curated by artist Whitney Ramage. Read the full call to artists in the  Vermont Arts Council Classifieds.
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Questions about the BiB Alumni Network, Vermont Arts Council, or our programs and services for artists? Contact Sarah Mutrux.
Artist and Community Programs Manager

Past Issues 2017

March 22, 2017  advocating for the arts | featured artist is Sabrina Fadial | featured opportunity is SculptFest 2017

February 17, 2017  artist grants | grant seeker workshops | alumni gathering

January 25, 2017  new year, new grant opportunities | featured artist is Stephanie Gwen Kossmann | featured opportunity is call for submissions at Angora Gallery

Past Issues 2016

December 28, 2016  favorite stories from 2016 | survey on newsletter | how to be a featured artist | featured opportunity is Vermont Artists Week at Vermont Studio Center

December 14, 2016  encouraging artist friends | featured artist is Michael Arnowitt | featured opportunity is Governor's Institutes Winter Weekend

November 30, 2016  asking for help | featured artist is Dan Snow | featured opportunity is public art installation via City of Burlington

November 16, 2016  steps to success | featured artist is Susan Shannon | featured opportunities are arts fairs at ONE Arts and The Art House

November 2, 2016  artist rights and similar work | featured artists are Jen Berger, Alison Bergman, Eliot Burg, Tabbatha Henry, Antionette Jacobson, Justin Kenney, Monique Monette, Lydia Kern, Rodrigo Nava, Tuyen Nguyen, Sean Williams, and Dana Wigdor | featured opportunity is Vermont Performance Lab's SEED program

October 19, 2016  accounting best practices | featured artist is Elissa Campbell | take NEFA's Creative Workers Survey

October 5, 2016  crowdfunding success stories | featured artist is Lisa Kippen | featured opportunity is Breaking Into Business: Winning Public Art Commissions workshop

September 22, 2016  you as arts advocate | featured artist is Rosalind Daniels | featured opportunity is craft display purchase

September 7, 2016  workshop on public art | featured artist is Stephanie Gwen Kossman | featured opportunity is 6th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Exhibition

August 24, 2016  dos and don'ts of selling on Facebook | featured artist is Gillian McGarvey | featured opportunity is auditions for "A Christmas Carol"

August 10, 2016  to copyright or not? | featured artist is Jason Boyd | featured opportunity is call for interactive digital art installations at Tech Jam job fair

July 27, 2016  becoming an artist responder, workshop | featured artist is Kathy Fiske | featured opportunity is call for 47th Littleton Art Festival

July 13, 2016  immersion via artist residency | featured artist is Julia Shipley | featured opportunity is call to 30th annual "Materials: Hard + Soft"

June 29, 2016  paths to mastery | featured artist is Althea Bilodeau | featured opportunity is finding work spaces

June 15, 2016  grant writing know-how | Artist Development Grants to open | featured artist is Terry Carter | featured opportunity is invititation to Great Vermont Plein Air Paint Out

June 1, 2016  project management | featured artist is Dana Walrath | featured opportunity is webinar, "Winning Websites"

May 18, 2016  Fractured Atlas, an online arts service organization | featured artist is De Christie | featured opportunity is call for show at Studio Place Arts in Barre

May 4, 2016  a few business tips from masters | alumni quarterly meeting announced | featured artist is Kristen Watson | featured opportunity is call for submissions for UNBOUND at Artistree

April 20, 2016  crowdfunding ideas | featured artist is Jeanne Thurston | featured opportunity is grant from BCA

April 6, 2016  artist critique group forming | featured artist is Finnie Trimpi | featured opportunity is "Writing About Your Work" workshop

March 23, 2016  building an online store | featured artist is Mylissa Davis | featured opportunity is studio assistant at Cold Hollow Sculpture Park

March 9, 2016  more about Creation Grants | marketing on the cheap workshop | featured artist is Susan Larkin | featured opportunity is call by Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, MO

February 24, 2016  liability and workers comp | featured artist is Jonathan Hart | featured opportunity is call for Langdon Street Alive in Montpelier

February 10, 2016  finding a business consultant | Artist Development Grants available | featured artist is Corrina Thurston | featured opportunity is call for entries by Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, NY

January 27, 2016  purpose of alumni network | featured artist is Su Shannon | featured opportunity is Vermont Week at Vermont Studio Center

January 13, 2016  join the Breaking Into Business network | alumni network meeting | new Breaking Into Business workshop announced | featured artist is Hannah Morris | featured opportunity is call from Monotype Guild of New England

Other Newsletters

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

ArtMail  Published bi-weekly and full of news from the Vermont art scene.

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