Category: Featured

Offices and Gallery Closed Temporarily

Offices and Gallery Closed Temporarily

Posted: March 17, 2020

To protect the health of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Vermont Arts Council offices and Spotlight Gallery are closed until further notice. We are committed to supporting artists and cultural organizations through this crisis. We need the arts now more than ever, to inspire and connect us, and… Read More
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
Poetry is Home to Brett Ann Stanciu

Poetry is Home to Brett Ann Stanciu

Posted: March 10, 2020

Every year, the Vermont Arts Council brings young poetry-lovers together from all around Vermont to compete in Poetry Out Loud. Contestants recite poems both classic and contemporary, from Longfellow to Ada Limón, and are judged by a panel of accomplished local artists and teachers. Last week we held the 2020… Read More
What Placemakers Say

What Placemakers Say

Posted: June 20, 2019

Creative placemaking is a growing part of Vermont’s landscape and language. The term, well-defined by Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa in this white paper, refers to projects where “partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities.” Creative placemaking emphasizes strategic action by cross-sector partners, a place-based orientation, and a core of arts and cultural activities. 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