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BiB Alumni News for December 15, 2017
Information, opportunities, and resources 
for working artists
Kirk Jackson and Oliver Wadsworth's orgiinal play "The Tarnation of Russel Colvin," was supported by the Arts Endowment Fund.
Artist Resource: The Best of 2017 

As another 12 months of Breaking into Business newsletters roll by, they leave behind a bank of tips, tricks, and resources for artists building businesses. Engagement statistics reveal the three most popular topics of 2017:
Corrina Thurston's  How to Build an Art Business With Limited Time and Energy is right at the top. You might also like Corrina's guest blog appearance.
The Community Foundation's Arts Endowment Fund garnered the most attention from the Breaking into Business community; news about grant opportunities is always a priority. You'll be happy to know that VCF does not plan to change this grant fund, despite the new priorities President Dan Smith outlined this year.
The Teaching Artist Academy from the Community Engagement Lab drew the most clicks among the many training opportunities listed. This program promises to expand teaching artists' skills and boldness, broaden their range, and empower them as local leaders and school partnership developers.
May that same boldness and empowerment be a driving force for advancing all creative careers in 2018!
Early morning view of a barn in Northern Vermont by Susan Larkin. 
Alumni Spotlight: Susan Larkin
Have you shopped Etsy lately? Whether you have or not, it is worth hopping back online to check out Susan Larkin's new storefront: LarkinStudioMinis. Susan has created a saleable collection of paintings about 8"x8", affordably priced, and all listed on this popular online art store.
Two weeks into the art and soul of puppet theater at Sandglass Theater, Putney.

Featured Artist Opportunity 
In November the Arts Council asked organizations across the state, "Do you offer training for artists?" The resounding answer was, "Yes!"
Sandglass Theater in Putney said, "Being an artist necessitates a constant expanding of boundaries and resources. Artists must constantly look for further training to keep their work inspired and relevant." Here's a list for artists who crave networking, inspiration, training in specific skills, and general professional development.
art education training
business skills and professional development
Join the BiB Alumni Network Facebook Group!

Stay in touch with your fellow alumni, share information, ask questions, and trumpet successes.

Questions about the BiB Alumni Network, Vermont Arts Council, or our programs and services for artists? Contact Sarah Mutrux.
Artist and Community Programs Manager
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

December 15, 2017  best of 2017 | featured artist is Susan Larkin | featured opportunities are artist trainings

November 17, 2017  women making change with art | featured artist is Gowri Savoor | featured opportunity is TransCultural Exchange

October 18, 2017  Teaching Artist Academy and Teaching Artist Roster | featured artist is Elissa Campbell | featured opportunity is Teaching Artist Mixer

September 20, 2017  artist needs survey

August 23, 2017  Corrina Thurston publishes book | featured artist is Laura Hale | featured opportunity is residency at Studio Place Arts

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.