Category: Vermont Arts Organizations

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
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
You Are Welcome

You Are Welcome

Posted: May 9, 2019

“There truly is room for everyone under the big top.” Jennifer Carlo, executive director at Circus Smirkus posits that the history of the circus is a story of inclusion. “Circus really is all about celebrating differences and bringing it all into a cohesive whole.” Often performers excluded from more traditional art forms have been recognized and given a home. Circus, as she describes it, is built on “bringing different talents and different people together to create something that is just magical.” Jen is guiding the organization, with strong support from the board and their newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in renewed efforts to expand their residency program. The work stems from intentional strategic decisions. From a birds-eye view to feet on the ground, personnel at Smirkus strive persistently to eliminate barriers. Read More
Looking North: Catamount Artists Connect

Looking North: Catamount Artists Connect

Posted: February 28, 2019

A network is born when an arts organization provides a showcase for visual artists. Catamount Arts, an independent arts center based in St. Johnsbury and serving northern New England, is known primarily for bringing film and live performance to the region. The organization also provides local gallery space, offering the foundation for connection with artists in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom (NEK) and beyond. For Looking North: Catamount Artists Connect opening in the Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery March 8, Catamount Arts' Gallery Director Katherine French selected the work of nineteen artists from the NEK. Everyone exhibiting is a member of the organization. Collectively, they represent only a handful of the creative individuals who live and work in the northern part of our state. Read More
The Seen and the Unseen

The Seen and the Unseen

Posted: February 14, 2019

Close to twenty boys and girls gather in the cafeteria of the St. Johnsbury School. It's 2:30. Some finish a school lunch, others work in books or on pages of staff paper. In a few minutes, they’ll move to a classroom to play their violins as an ensemble. Learning music this way is a cornerstone of El Sistema, the program that inspired the beginnings of EPIC Music. Free violin instruction is offered after school Monday-Thursday. Read More