Category: Arts in Education

Teaching Artists Can Be “Leaders of Re-entry” in Unexplored Territory

Teaching Artists Can Be “Leaders of Re-entry” in Unexplored Territory

Posted: July 9, 2020

In early June, teaching artist Alissa Faber and Champlain Elementary School embarked on an experiment—a virtual artist residency, the first of its kind held through the Vermont Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program. To teach students about waste reduction, Alissa gathered plastics and recycled materials to be woven… 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
Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2020 Semifinals

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2020 Semifinals

Posted: February 28, 2020

The Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2020 Semifinals are scheduled for March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barre Opera House. The snow date is March 9. Champions from twenty-seven 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 16 in partnership with Vermont PBS at their studios in Colchester. The state champion will move on to the National Championship held April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. 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
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