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Category: Vermont Arts Organizations

Eight Vermont Museums: Each One-of-a-Kind

Eight Vermont Museums: Each One-of-a-Kind

Posted: June 20, 2018

The long days of summer allow a slower pace. There’s time for summit hikes, lake paddles, and games of Frisbee or catch. But don’t let your body have all the fun. Vermont has a wealth of museums that provide a dose of culture and things that make you go “hmm.” Many simply could not exist anywhere else; they represent the ingenuity or aspirations of a single person or group. These stops tell about the communities in which they reside, often with roots to local people, industries, arts, or town histories. Plus, they’re easy on the wallet (five bucks or less). Whether you check out the one closest to home or make it a road trip, get out and explore. Read More
TLC: Something to Hold On To

TLC: Something to Hold On To

Posted: June 7, 2018

Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) has built a reputation over almost 25 years of turning trash into treasure. The organization has therefore become a depository for strange and unusual items. One donation years ago showed up in the form of over 50 plaster molds. These included baby doll parts: round plump heads, angelic arms, and chubby legs. Various objects and sculptures were created with these — all reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Gothic world — until the molds found another purpose. Within a ceramics class, VAE teaching artist Kristen Blaker and the residents at the Vermont School for Girls (VSG) actually started making dolls; clay was pressed into the molds and parts were fired. The assembly of hand-sewn and stuffed bodies came into play. Wigs, bonnets, and dresses were made, faces delicately painted. Read More
A Classic(al) Example

A Classic(al) Example

Posted: May 24, 2018

The features read like a wish list. Start with rehearsal spaces for performance groups. Add a percussion studio, a recital hall within the music education building, and a performance-quality auditorium that seats 224. A green room? Adjacent. There are fourteen teaching studios and a large multi-use classroom for programs and community music projects. Considerations have been made throughout for quality acoustics and physical accessibility. There's more: A music library, archive, and inventory of instruments. A designated faculty lounge and work area and a welcoming space for families and students. Convenient parking. Read More
Grant Seeker Workshops FY2019

Grant Seeker Workshops FY2019

Posted: April 26, 2018

Are you thinking about applying for an Arts Council grant? Attend a workshop between May 16 and 18. These events are designed for both new and experienced grant writers. The day is divided into two parts: programs for organizations, and programs for individual artists. Participants who attend both sessions will gain a complete understanding of the ways the Arts Council supports the arts and artists in Vermont. Grants discussed at these workshops will include the Arts Impact Grant for organizations, and Artist Development and Creation Grants for artists. Each session is ninety minutes long. Read More
Moving Forward With Grace

Moving Forward With Grace

Posted: April 12, 2018

Sometimes, getting somewhere else requires knowing where you are. Stepping into leadership at a decades-old organization can be like that; you'll need your bearings. Kathryn Lovinsky had them when she started at the nonprofit Grass Roots Arts and Community Effort (G.R.A.C.E.). Kathryn knows the magic of making art. She knows Hardwick. Now she is discovering the ways to balance longstanding tradition with new ideas. Hardwick is a Northeast Kingdom town with a population of about 3,000 and chartered in 1781. The Firehouse was built in 1885. G.R.A.C.E. was founded in 1975; they bought and moved into the Firehouse in the early 2000s. Kathryn became executive director in September 2015. Read More
The Arts Make an Entrance

The Arts Make an Entrance

Posted: March 29, 2018

The arts are an integral part of educational best practices. They offer myriad ways to reach learners of any subject. Such ideas are pertinent to teaching artists in the Northeast Kingdom attending a series of workshops set up by VSA Vermont, a statewide nonprofit and leading resource for creating inclusive arts experiences. Alexandra Turner leads the two-and-a-half-hour sessions. She's been teaching since she was a teenager (swimming, dance, pre-school, art) and has been a teaching artist in Vermont for almost ten years. Early in her career Alexandra realized, "If I can teach other teachers, I can make a much greater impact." Providing meaningful instruction also increases impact. She helped others explore this in a recent overview of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Read More