Category: Arts Council Grant Programs

On Placemaking and Public Art

On Placemaking and Public Art

Posted: December 5, 2019

I was invited recently to present with our partners from AARP VT at the national AARP Livable Communities Placemaking Workshop in Denver, Colorado. This was the organization’s first-ever national convening dedicated to highlighting and sharing best practices, insights, and inspiring next steps in placemaking. It was a gathering of AARP staff, community partners, and livability practitioners representing a range of specialties, locations, and perspectives. Read More
It’s All in the Making

It’s All in the Making

Posted: November 21, 2019

Andy Warhol prescribed: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Easier said than done. But, Vermont's creative undercurrent remains powerful. Constant output brings art to the surface—to our venues and landscapes—over and over. The Council's Creation Grant cycle rides this wave. As the application opens again in January, the works of last year's grantees are being formed. The art of two grant rounds past has come into being, and is highlighted here, through the words of the artists. Read More
What Placemakers Say

What Placemakers Say

Posted: June 20, 2019

Creative placemaking is a growing part of Vermont’s landscape and language. The term, well-defined by Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa in this white paper, refers to projects where “partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities.” Creative placemaking emphasizes strategic action by cross-sector partners, a place-based orientation, and a core of arts and cultural activities. Read More
All About Place

All About Place

Posted: June 6, 2019

“It. Took. Hours.” —Gerry Whitaker , social studies teacher at Miller’s Run School referring to this stop-frame animation made by his students. Miller's Run is a PreK-8 school in Caledonia County. The entire school population, coming mostly from the towns of Sheffield and Wheelock, is about one hundred and twenty. An Artist in Schools Grant from the Arts Council supported, in part, ten days of work with Teaching Artist Evan Premo.The residency was a part of Gerry's and his sixth, seventh, and eighth graders' exploration of place and community; a unit called Thrive or Survive. Read More
Grant Seeker Workshops Available

Grant Seeker Workshops Available

Posted: April 5, 2019

Are you thinking about applying for an FY2020 Arts Council grant? Attend a workshop between April 22 and 24. Designed for both new and experienced grant writers, these free workshops focus on Council grant programs currently open for application: Arts Impact and Creation. Participants will gain an understanding of program guidelines, learn how to construct a competitive application, and have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Council staff—including our new Artist Services Manager Dominique Gustin. Read More
Making the Pitch

Making the Pitch

Posted: March 13, 2019

The Council’s most sought-after support comes by way of Creation Grants. Both the number and size of the awards have recently increased, but the competition remains stiff. A strong application matters. Start with quality work samples (here’s a tip sheet that will help). And when you're ready to kill it on the narrative questions, read this sage advice gathered from three crack panelists: Andrea Rosen, Allison Coyne Carroll, and Mickey Myers. Each were asked the same questions. No one minced words, and the responses were remarkably aligned. Read More