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Category: Arts in Education

TLC: Something to Hold On To

TLC: Something to Hold On To

Posted: June 7, 2018

Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) has built a reputation over almost 25 years of turning trash into treasure. The organization has therefore become a depository for strange and unusual items. One donation years ago showed up in the form of over 50 plaster molds. These included baby doll parts: round plump heads, angelic arms, and chubby legs. Various objects and sculptures were created with these — all reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Gothic world — until the molds found another purpose. Within a ceramics class, VAE teaching artist Kristen Blaker and the residents at the Vermont School for Girls (VSG) actually started making dolls; clay was pressed into the molds and parts were fired. The assembly of hand-sewn and stuffed bodies came into play. Wigs, bonnets, and dresses were made, faces delicately painted. Read More
A Classic(al) Example

A Classic(al) Example

Posted: May 24, 2018

The features read like a wish list. Start with rehearsal spaces for performance groups. Add a percussion studio, a recital hall within the music education building, and a performance-quality auditorium that seats 224. A green room? Adjacent. There are fourteen teaching studios and a large multi-use classroom for programs and community music projects. Considerations have been made throughout for quality acoustics and physical accessibility. There's more: A music library, archive, and inventory of instruments. A designated faculty lounge and work area and a welcoming space for families and students. Convenient parking. Read More
The Arts Make an Entrance

The Arts Make an Entrance

Posted: March 29, 2018

The arts are an integral part of educational best practices. They offer myriad ways to reach learners of any subject. Such ideas are pertinent to teaching artists in the Northeast Kingdom attending a series of workshops set up by VSA Vermont, a statewide nonprofit and leading resource for creating inclusive arts experiences. Alexandra Turner leads the two-and-a-half-hour sessions. She's been teaching since she was a teenager (swimming, dance, pre-school, art) and has been a teaching artist in Vermont for almost ten years. Early in her career Alexandra realized, "If I can teach other teachers, I can make a much greater impact." Providing meaningful instruction also increases impact. She helped others explore this in a recent overview of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Read More
Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 State Championship

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 State Championship

Posted: March 12, 2018

Ten Finalists Congratulations to Aliyah Burr from Burlington High School, Alyese Caruso-Randall from Bellows Free Academy Fairfax, Sadie Chamberlain from Lyndon Institute, Vera Escaja-Heiss from South Burlington High School, Linea Kay from Woodstock Union High School, Annie Keith from Peoples Academy, Chloe Lyons from Mt. Abraham Union High School, Caitlyn McDermott from Vermont Academy, Olivia Pitcher from Burr and Burton Academy, and Gracie Smith from Arlington Memorial High School! These students had the highest scores in their region at the semifinals held March 12 and will advance to the championship round March 15, 2018. Read More
Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 Semifinals

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 Semifinals

Posted: February 23, 2018

The Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 semifinals have been rescheduled for March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Barre Opera House. Champions from 33 high schools across the state will come to compete. Ten finalists will be named at the end of the day, and continue to the State Finals held March 15 in partnership with Vermont PBS at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. The state champion will move on to the National Championship held April 23-25 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Semifinals can be seen via live stream on the Vermont Poetry Out Loud Facebook page. Read More
Building a Global Arts Community in Montpelier

Building a Global Arts Community in Montpelier

Posted: February 1, 2018

This upcoming summer marks the 10th anniversary of the inception of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When myself and a number of community members decided to transform the Montpelier campus from a subsidiary of Union Institute to our own homegrown graduate arts center, we were aiming big. We were thinking globally. We envisioned a place where creators from all over the world — writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, graphic designers, and more — could gather throughout the year and nurture their art and emerge as a better, more transformative artist. Read More