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Mary Ruefle Named Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow

Mary Ruefle Named Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow

Posted: May 28, 2020

There are the poets laureate of cities, counties, and states, and then there are the poets laureate fellows of the American Academy of Poets. The Academy launched the Poets Laureate Fellowship program in 2019 to honor poets appointed to civil positions and enable them to carry out exceptional, impactful… Read More
Art in the Time of Covid: Modern Times Theater

Art in the Time of Covid: Modern Times Theater

Posted: May 26, 2020

Since 2007, husband and wife team Justin Lander and Rose Friedman have toured New England as Modern Times Theater, an old-fashioned puppetry and novelty music show that Boston’s WBUR radio has called “part funny-serious puppets, part jaunty live 1920s band, part serious social critique, part shenanigans.” Rose and Justin… Read More
Art in the Time of Covid: Vermont Dance Alliance

Art in the Time of Covid: Vermont Dance Alliance

Posted: May 15, 2020

Like many arts organizations around the state, Vermont Dance Alliance has been hit hard by the mass cancellations, quarantines, and social distancing necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Loss of ticket sales, fundraising event revenue, and artist morale have left many in the creative sector with more questions than answers—but… Read More
Summer 2020 Governor’s Institutes Go Virtual, New Pay-What-You-Can Tuition

Summer 2020 Governor’s Institutes Go Virtual, New Pay-What-You-Can Tuition

Posted: May 11, 2020

For over three decades, talented young Vermonters have gathered each summer for the Governor’s Institutes: college-level academic and artistic enrichment programs where students dive deep into their passions on campuses across the state. When the Covid-19 pandemic began, this summer tradition as much as any was under threat of… Read More
It Complicates Things: On Art, Isolation, and Pandemic with Mary Ruefle

It Complicates Things: On Art, Isolation, and Pandemic with Mary Ruefle

Posted: April 21, 2020

In an interview with Seven Days last December, Vermont poet laureate Mary Ruefle describes herself as “an extrovert who doesn’t like leaving her house.” Perhaps she is just the literary leader for our times. Famously “unplugged,” Mary is old friends with isolation—it is, as she says, “a writer’s dream… Read More
Offices and Gallery Closed Temporarily

Offices and Gallery Closed Temporarily

Posted: March 17, 2020

To protect the health of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Vermont Arts Council offices and Spotlight Gallery are closed until further notice. We are committed to supporting artists and cultural organizations through this crisis. We need the arts now more than ever, to inspire and connect us, and… Read More