Category: Arts in Community

Art in a Time of COVID-19

Art in a Time of COVID-19

Posted: March 16, 2020

Karen Mittelman, executive director of the Vermont Arts Council, and Jody Fried, chair of the Vermont Creative Network and executive director of Catamount Arts, offer this commentary on the COVID-19 emergency’s impact on artists and cultural organizations. Originally published in VTDigger on March 15, 2020. Across the nation, theaters… Read More
Facilities Grant Seeker Workshops for FY2021

Facilities Grant Seeker Workshops for FY2021

Posted: January 29, 2020

The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation are partnering to host free grant seeker workshops. Staff from Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities interested in applying for facilities grants for the upcoming FY2021 Cultural Facilities or Historic Preservation Grant programs are encouraged to attend. Read More
Grant Seeker Workshops for FY2021

Grant Seeker Workshops for FY2021

Posted: January 22, 2020

Are you thinking about applying for an FY2021 Arts Council grant? Attend a workshop between February 24 and March 10. Designed for both new and experienced grant writers, these free workshops focus on Council grant programs opening for application in February: Artist Development and Creation Grants for artists; Arts Impact and Arts Partnership Grants for organizations, municipalities, and schools. Participants will gain an understanding of program guidelines, learn how to construct a competitive application, and have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Council staff—Meredith Bell, Amy Cunningham, and Dominique Gustin. Read More
On Placemaking and Public Art

On Placemaking and Public Art

Posted: December 5, 2019

I was invited recently to present with our partners from AARP VT at the national AARP Livable Communities Placemaking Workshop in Denver, Colorado. This was the organization’s first-ever national convening dedicated to highlighting and sharing best practices, insights, and inspiring next steps in placemaking. It was a gathering of AARP staff, community partners, and livability practitioners representing a range of specialties, locations, and perspectives. Read More
After a Disaster

After a Disaster

Posted: August 15, 2019

Beginning Tuesday morning, August 30, 2011: There is so much to remember. At dawn after the nighttime deluge, downtown Waterbury was under several feet of brown water. When that receded we had a thick layer of muck that turned to brown soot. The color was unforgettably ugly, and to me represented the enormous task ahead. The first thing I did as a citizen was what apparently most of the town did: go to Thatcher Brook Primary School and volunteer my service for whatever was needed. The first few days the crew of volunteers was mostly local folks, and the organization whipped into place. It was impressive. Read More
In the Height of the Season

In the Height of the Season

Posted: August 1, 2019

We’re at the tipping point. The ground has warmed since the solstice; the days are as hot as they get. Cicadas sing. And when you notice the sun sets earlier you hear the call. "Get out. Now. Grab what's left of summer while it's here." Get out on the road with the windows down. Get out on the lawn and picnic or dance, listen, or watch. Whatever your groove is, and whichever #VTArts251 towns you still need to score, look to a festival as a solution. These events abound in Vermont in August and September. Read More