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This Lovely Summer Camp

This Lovely Summer Camp

Posted: September 15, 2016

I turn left at the Putney General Store, driving uphill and away from the village. I want to check out Jazz Camp, a weeklong event for intergenerational learners held at The Putney School. It's  Thursday; camp started Monday. I follow back roads amidst thousands of maples to the campus, to be offered a long view of hills layered in hazy green and blue. Eugene Uman, the director of the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC), shows me around. Eugene is gregarious, positive, and careful with language. He’s laid back and completely on purpose all at once. A big-time community builder, he stands in the center of all things jazz, then draws everyone in. Read More
On Impact

On Impact

Posted: August 4, 2016

Spending a day with the Arts Impact Grant panel was an exercise in appreciation. I’ve done some work with the Poetry Out Loud program and have served on Arts Council committees, but have never seen a grant panel at work until recently. As a Council board member, I was an observer. What became increasingly clear to me throughout the day how much thought, preparation, and meticulous hard work goes into the process. Read More
Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Posted: July 21, 2016

The brochure reads, "Here at The Barre Opera House, we care about the performance, but our camp motto is 'process over product.’  Let's have a great theater experience this summer!" For the last two weeks, thirty kids ages 10-17 have been immersed a well-planned, expertly staffed, and skillfully executed theater camp. They are gearing up to perform "The Little Mermaid Jr." early Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. There's a lot to learn. Read More
Tempesta’s Landscapes and Wildlife

Tempesta’s Landscapes and Wildlife

Posted: April 28, 2016

"Wait. Those aren't photographs." That's something you might overhear as people look at the careful art of Gabriel Tempesta. Fastidious details construct near-perfect representations of nature. Trees. Bees. The ocean. A giant monarch butterfly. The older works are made mostly with charcoal and water on Claybord; sometimes, casein paint. Gabe described working on Claybord this way: "You can erase, scratch into it, lift off tiny white lines." Read More
Building Community Out of Silos

Building Community Out of Silos

Posted: February 18, 2016

“Jeffersonville Fiercely Debates Proposed Public Art” proclaimed the Stowe Reporter headline. Asked about those words, Justin Marsh, trustee of the Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) laughs. “Fierce may be a bit strong, but there has certainly been debate. And I think the project has been more successful because of it.” Six months earlier, Marsh and CAC president Carol Plante didn’t have an idea in mind when they decided to attend a Vermont Arts Council grant seeker workshop. They were intrigued by the grant name, Animating Infrastructure, and CAC was looking for a new project. “It was a bit daunting,” said Marsh, “but the workshop organizers were encouraging and the first phase required only a one-page proposal so we went for it.” Read More
Searching for Community in Words

Searching for Community in Words

Posted: January 4, 2016

Emily Bernard, writer, professor of English and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont—and mother—received a Creation Grant to support research for “Black is the Body: Essays.” The essays explore what it means to be  at home in one’s skin as well in a society in which racial disparities continue to divide us. The following is an excerpt from “Mother on Earth.” Read More