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Category: Arts in Community

Passion at Work

Passion at Work

Posted: December 6, 2018

“It’s really a blessing when you get to love what you do.” Heather Geoffrey, the new managing director at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River said that about her job. Few people are as qualified as she to make that statement. Heather teaches people to uncover self-expression through art and through the shaping of their life. She has decades of experience in nonprofits; having served as education and outreach coordinator, executive administrator, assistant director, and director in different organizations. She is also an artist, painter, poet, and photographer. She is a teacher. How about mystic or healer? "All of those are accurate," she says. Read More
Second Stage Brings Second Act

Second Stage Brings Second Act

Posted: October 25, 2018

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has operated in the heart of Weston since 1937. In September 2017, funded by a $13 million capital campaign, the company opened a new space on an historic farm at the north end of the village. At that time, Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler explained, “We will, of course, continue to offer great summer shows in the Weston Playhouse, but this project will allow us to extend our reach.” The additional building was made to accommodate shows that need flexible space, to expand the season, and to provide a place for other community events. Read More
2018 Governor’s Arts Awards

2018 Governor’s Arts Awards

Posted: October 10, 2018

The Vermont Arts Council, in association with the Governor’s office, recognizes outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts each year. Awards are given to educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers, and scholars. Honorees this year include two sculptors, a cartoonist, a photographer, a musician, and a poet. The Council will be recognizing the contributions of these Vermonters in five different categories during a celebration held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 14 at the Vermont State House in Montpelier (accessibility information). There is no admission fee, but we ask that you RSVP. Read More
Building It Better

Building It Better

Posted: September 27, 2018

Leo Vazquez is a leader in creative placemaking and cultural competency — two currently hot fields in urban planning. He has decades of experience in community development and community engagement. He facilitates small groups, fosters local economic development, develops leadership, and publishes strategic communications. He’s the winner of national awards and has written for professional and general-interest publications. A bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and advanced degrees in planning from the University of Southern California have enabled him to navigate shifting personal priorities throughout his career. When asked what inspires him right now, his answer is quick and direct: Read More
Grant Seeker Workshops: Public Art

Grant Seeker Workshops: Public Art

Posted: August 30, 2018

Information sessions for the Animating Infrastructure Grant program will be held September 24-October 26. The program is designed to encourage communities to engage artists in the planning, design and/or fabrication of public art in infrastructure projects and to encourage thinking beyond the ordinary as concepts for new buildings, roads, bridges, and other public spaces are developed. Participants will learn about the application process, and will have time to brainstorm ideas for projects in their community. Sessions are led by Michele Bailey, senior program manager at the Vermont Arts Council. Anyone wanting to learn more about this grant program is encouraged to attend. Read More
Let the Renewed Work Begin!

Let the Renewed Work Begin!

Posted: August 15, 2018

Upcoming grant rounds for the Artists in Schools and Animating Infrastructure Grant programs will speak volumes about the Council's priorities in grantmaking. We leave the ignition of wonder and insight in classrooms and communities to qualified, skilled professionals — the celebrated artists of Vermont. In supporting their work, we strive to expand arts opportunities, cultivate creative placemaking, and energize Vermont's creative economy. These concepts are not new; it is with renewed focus the Council pushes them into the limelight. These excerpts from our last Annual Report foreshadowed the direction of the Council's grantmaking. Read More