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Category: Arts in Community

Eight Vermont Museums: Each One-of-a-Kind

Eight Vermont Museums: Each One-of-a-Kind

Posted: June 20, 2018

The long days of summer allow a slower pace. There’s time for summit hikes, lake paddles, and games of Frisbee or catch. But don’t let your body have all the fun. Vermont has a wealth of museums that provide a dose of culture and things that make you go “hmm.” Many simply could not exist anywhere else; they represent the ingenuity or aspirations of a single person or group. These stops tell about the communities in which they reside, often with roots to local people, industries, arts, or town histories. Plus, they’re easy on the wallet (five bucks or less). Whether you check out the one closest to home or make it a road trip, get out and explore. Read More
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
Drink in the Arts

Drink in the Arts

Posted: May 10, 2018

A frosted glass in your hand. The earthy smell of brewer’s yeast. The smooth and bitter taste of a complex beer. Look around, and listen. Is that jazz? An abstract painting? A beer and arts tour is a thrill for all five senses. What better place than Vermont to undertake the experience? You’ll find arts of every kind and an abundance of beer styles to suit every palate. With your pleasure in mind, the Council consulted the Vermont Brewer’s Association’s website to plan a few perfect pairings. So, it's time to check the Vermont Arts Calendar, open your Brewery Passport Challenge app, and give a call to your favorite designated driver. This is a tour you don’t want to miss. Read More
The Meaning of Making

The Meaning of Making

Posted: April 26, 2018

Can architecture facilitate play AND learning? Students at 802LAB, Norwich University’s Design-Build Program, think so. They are nearing completion on an outdoor classroom for Union Elementary School (UES) in Montpelier, Vermont. For the Norwich students, the project is the result of a semester-long intensive design build architecture studio, taught by Assistant Professor Tolya Stonorov. Through the studio, students are gaining hands-on experience in all of the requirements of a real-world construction project. For the UES community, its installation will mark the culmination of several years of planning.   Read More
Grant Seeker Workshops FY2019

Grant Seeker Workshops FY2019

Posted: April 26, 2018

Are you thinking about applying for an Arts Council grant? Attend a workshop between May 16 and 18. These events are designed for both new and experienced grant writers. The day is divided into two parts: programs for organizations, and programs for individual artists. Participants who attend both sessions will gain a complete understanding of the ways the Arts Council supports the arts and artists in Vermont. Grants discussed at these workshops will include the Arts Impact Grant for organizations, and Artist Development and Creation Grants for artists. Each session is ninety minutes long. Read More