Vermont Arts Council

Mission and Vision

The Mission

To cultivate and advance the arts and creativity throughout Vermont.

The Vision

The Council is committed to building a Vermont where art, culture, and creativity are at the heart of our communities. Engagement with the arts transforms individual lives, connects people more deeply to each other, energizes the economy, and sustains the vibrant cultural landscape that makes Vermont a great place to live.

Three priorities currently guide the Council’s grant-making and programs:

Expanding Arts Opportunities

Everyone should feel welcome at an art museum, theater, sculpture garden, or concert. We work to expand access to the arts and cultural activities for all people regardless of age, ability, income, race, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, or religion. Examples of programs include:

Arts Project Grants support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to add vibrancy to Vermont communities by providing equal and abundant access to the arts.

Artists in Schools Grants enable schools to hire and collaborate with teaching artists in the classroom.

Through the Arts Operating Grant Program, the Council engages with arts organizations that understand the needs of their own communities and address those needs through the arts.

Cultural Facilities Grants help Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public.

Creative Aging Grants support skill-based instruction alongside opportunities for social engagement and community building in and through the arts for older adults.

Be sure to visit our grants page for all of our grant opportunities.

Energizing the Creative Economyvcn logo

Vermont’s creative enterprises and activities are tremendously diverse, ranging from symphony orchestras to artisan furniture factories, from major employers to small farmers, from individual artists to the venues, suppliers, retailers and service providers they connect with.

The Vermont Creative Network, launched by the Vermont Arts Council in 2015 and formally established by the Vermont Legislature in May 2016, is a broad collective of organizations, businesses, and individuals working to advance the creative sector, which strengthens the Vermont economy, provides local job opportunities, and is essential to the prosperity and resilience of Vermont communities.  The Network does this through researchadvocacy, and networking. 

In 2020, the Vermont Creative Network completed an ambitious statewide study to document the scope and economic impact of the creative sector. Building on the research findings, the Vermont Creative Network launched CreateVT—a vision and action planning process. The final plan incorporates the ideas of thousands of people and serves as a roadmap for growing a robust, inclusive, and resilient creative sector. Explore the CreateVT Action Plan.

Cultivating Creative Placemaking

Creative placemaking celebrates downtowns, villages, or regions through the arts, bringing new energy and inspiration to public spaces. This happens whenever artists and community members come together to re-envision community places and forge a sense of identity and belonging. Examples of programs include:

Art in State Buildings Grants invest in and promote the work of Vermont artists, and are designed to preserve and enrich the state’s cultural landscape for its citizens and visitors.

Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements.

Artists in Schools residencies engage students and teachers in creative placemaking activities.

Be sure to visit our grants page for all of our grant opportunities.

Desmond Peeples November 21, 2022