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BiB Alumni News for July 26, 2017
Information, opportunities, and resources 
for working artists
"Nova 400," wax pencil on paper by Christina Empedocles.
Think Outside the State

If you're looking for additional funding sources, it may be beneficial to look beyond Vermont's borders. Broadening your search could help you find foundations that support artists in completing projects, developing skills or craft, or just making something awesome.
Artist and financial Planner Christina Empedocles compiled many resources in one place. She summarized 30 opportunities in a recent blog post "Grants, Awards, and Opportunities for Artists and Entrepreneurs."
Here are three favorites:
The Harpo Foundation: This foundation supports emerging visual artists. Their mission is to "stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art."
CEC Arts Link: This organization engages communities through international partnerships, and supports self-directed projects in eligible counties.
The Awesome Foundation: This "ever-growing worldwide community is devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe" through monthly micro grants.
Justin Kenney with his newly installed work at Sculpturefest in Woodstock. Photo courtesy of
Alumni Spotlight: Justin Kenney   

Justin Kenney works in concrete and steel, representing both change and opposing forces. His work will appear in Woodstock's Sculpturefest this summer. Justin is also the Breaking into Business artist selected to create public art for the Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden for the 2017-2019 exhibit. Read an interview with Justin about his work on the Sculpturefest website.

Featured Artist Opportunity: Get Involved in the National Discussion  
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) announced on July 19 that the House Appropriations Committee approved $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. This amount represents a $5 million cut from the previous year.

Take action. The best way is through small, simple steps. Use the Council's Advocacy Center to find out who your local representatives are, and how to contact them. Be brief: state your name, zip code, and have one point ready to deliver. Thank them for their time and their service.

Don't know what to say? The Arts Action Fund website has some good suggestions. 
Join the BiB Alumni Network Facebook Group!

Stay in touch with your fellow alumni, share information, ask questions, and trumpet successes.
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.
Breaking into Business | Vermont Arts Council| 802.828.3291 |

Past Issues 2017

July 26, 2017  funding sources beyond Vermont | featured artist is Justin Kenney | featured opportunity is involvement in national arts discussion

June 14, 2017  donating your artwork | featured artist is Dee Kalea | featured opportunity is fellowship at KarmĂȘ Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center

May 17, 2017  choosing professional development | featured artist is Carla Kimball | featured opportunity is call at Rochester Contemporary Art Center

April 19, 2017  resource organizations for artists | featured artist is John Demick | featured opportunity is RFQ for public art in South Burlington

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.