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Arts and Humanities Month

Arts and Humanities Month

Posted: September 28, 2016

Each year, the president officially proclaims October to be Arts and Humanities Month. This year President Barack Obama wrote, "In many ways, the arts and humanities reflect our national soul. They are central to who we are as Americans — as dreamers and storytellers, creators and visionaries." He also referenced unity, saying, "In our increasingly global economy, we recognize the power of the arts and humanities to connect people around the world. Be it through the pen of a poet, the voice of a singer, or the canvas of a painter, let us continue to harness the unparalleled ways the arts and humanities bring people together." Read More
Hop to It!

Hop to It!

Posted: August 31, 2016

SEABA’s Art Hop is next weekend. As always, there’s a ton to see, from local media screenings to comedy shows, chocolate sculptures to live art-making. You can even paint a tiny canvas, roll papers for a community quilling project, play recycled mini golf or cardboard pinball (this is how that got started), make a screen print, pour an artsy latte, dance, eat, drink, color, drum, shop, aRT, DJEMBE, CARNIVAL, ART, YOGA, ART! YES! And, you can swing into SEABA’s tent to have a beer and vote on a label design. Wait. There’s Beer? Read More
Views From the Top

Views From the Top

Posted: August 10, 2016

Before the primary election, the Council visited with all the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor. We asked about statewide issues, a personal connection to the arts, arts education and programs for youth, the new administration's role in the creative economy, and Vermont as a cultural destination. Candidates were also given the opportunity to say what immediate priorities they would set for the creative community. We posed the same six questions in each interview. Responses from the two candidates who will be on the ballot in November are summarized on this page. Read More
Arts. Sites. 4 Everyone.

Arts. Sites. 4 Everyone.

Posted: June 23, 2016

You have audience members who can’t see very well, can’t hear well, or can't use a mouse. How successful would they be at navigating your website? We're all familiar with considerations of physical accessibility for arts events (accessible building entrances, bathrooms, and parking spaces). Making our online information available is equally important — but harder to understand. A ton of information is available, but some of it is dated, some confusing, and some in a format contradicting current standards. If this topic is overwhelming to you, join the club. We have been there. Here are some bare bones facts and a few fixes you might try. Read More
Arts Council Board and Annual Meetings

Arts Council Board and Annual Meetings

Posted: May 26, 2016

The final quarterly board meeting of Arts Council trustees will be held on June 6 from 12-3 p.m. in Room 10 at the Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier. All Council board meetings are open to the public. The board meets four times a year to ensure the health of the organization by providing expertise and insight into policy development, financial vitality, and programmatic integrity. The Arts Council’s annual meeting will be held in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont State House from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Read More
The Group in “Group Exhibit”

The Group in “Group Exhibit”

Posted: March 17, 2016

"Distinctive" is the word Petria Mitchell used. She was talking about the pieces in "Group Exhibit 2016" at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts. This Brattleboro gallery—now open about eighteen months—is Petria's first business venture after forty years of painting. The other part of Mitchell • Giddings is another painter, Jim Giddings. Fifteen mid-career and established artists are showing blown glass, stoneware, drawings, and paintings through April 17. Petria also chose the words "diverse" and "innovative." The artists' own descriptions of their work back up Petria's words: Read More