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Category: Arts in Education

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
A Thoughtful Invitation

A Thoughtful Invitation

Posted: May 23, 2019

The Flynn Center for the Arts in Burlington serves as a model on many fronts, including established and new ways of addressing inclusion. Executive Director Anna Marie Gewirtz notes that “the Flynn has really had a commitment to making the arts accessible for a very long time … it’s been central to our mission.” That commitment shows in the physical space. In addition, training for internal staff and calling on the expertise of external partners are priorities; teaching artists are well-versed in addressing multiple learning styles. The organization presents a diverse range of performers and has hosted multisensory exhibits. Anna Marie and former Director John Killacky offered a glimpse into the thinking that has backed consistent progress. Read More
You Are Welcome

You Are Welcome

Posted: May 9, 2019

“There truly is room for everyone under the big top.” Jennifer Carlo, executive director at Circus Smirkus posits that the history of the circus is a story of inclusion. “Circus really is all about celebrating differences and bringing it all into a cohesive whole.” Often performers excluded from more traditional art forms have been recognized and given a home. Circus, as she describes it, is built on “bringing different talents and different people together to create something that is just magical.” Jen is guiding the organization, with strong support from the board and their newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in renewed efforts to expand their residency program. The work stems from intentional strategic decisions. From a birds-eye view to feet on the ground, personnel at Smirkus strive persistently to eliminate barriers. Read More
Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2019 State Championship

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2019 State Championship

Posted: March 7, 2019

Congratulations to Arianna Barrios from Arlington Memorial High School; Sam Bulpin from St. Johnsbury Academy; Alyese Caruso-Randall from Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax; Owen Darling from Mount Abraham Union High School; Vera Escaja-Heiss from South Burlington High School; Ada Melton-Houghton from Brattleboro Union High School; Anna Senesac from Rice Memorial High School; Sirena Sawyer from Mount Mansfield Union High School; Adsel Sparrow from Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans; and Eloise Silver Van Meter from Thetford Academy. These students had the highest scores in their region at the semifinals held March 8 and will advance to the championship round held March 18, 2019 at Vermont PBS studios. Read More
Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2019 Semifinals

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2019 Semifinals

Posted: February 25, 2019

The Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2019 Semifinals are scheduled for March 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Barre Opera House. The snow date is March 11. Champions from thirty-one high schools across the state will compete. Ten finalists will be named at the end of the day, and will continue to the State Championship held Monday March 18 in partnership with Vermont PBS at their studios in Colchester. The state champion will move on to the National Championship held April 29-May 3 at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The event can be seen via live stream on the Vermont Poetry Out Loud Facebook page. Read More
The Seen and the Unseen

The Seen and the Unseen

Posted: February 14, 2019

Close to twenty boys and girls gather in the cafeteria of the St. Johnsbury School. It's 2:30. Some finish a school lunch, others work in books or on pages of staff paper. In a few minutes, they’ll move to a classroom to play their violins as an ensemble. Learning music this way is a cornerstone of El Sistema, the program that inspired the beginnings of EPIC Music. Free violin instruction is offered after school Monday-Thursday. Read More