Category: Public Art

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
The Sculptors’ Work

The Sculptors’ Work

Posted: September 9, 2019

Seven artists created pieces for The State of Scupture 2019 . . . an overview of Vermont sculptors. The exhibition―curated by Matthew Perry, executive director of the Vermont Arts Exchange and Joe Chirchirillo, curator of the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show―will be in the Arts Council's sculpture garden through autumn 2021. The team remarked, "As curators we want to showcase a wide variety of materials and techniques. The works represent the traditional skills of stone carving and woodworking, as well as casting and fabrication using stainless steel, iron, and concrete. Most importantly, we are committed to creating an intimate environment for the public, one that is friendly and engages you to sit, rest, and reflect." 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
Maple, Murals, Sugarhouses, and Sculptures

Maple, Murals, Sugarhouses, and Sculptures

Posted: March 20, 2019

In the Green Mountain State, sweet signs of spring include maple forests awakening and a plethora of outdoor art awaiting visitors. With more than 3,000 sugarmakers in residence, Vermont is the top maple syrup producer in the United States, generating over one million gallons annually. This year, pair your visits to the state’s famed maple sugarhouses with outdoor arts exploration. From Maple Open House Weekend, March 23 and 24, to the Vermont Maple Festival, April 26 to 28, the opportunities for exploring Vermont arts and savoring the season are as ample as maple is sweet. 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