Category: Vermont Arts Organizations

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
Grant Seeker Workshops | Facilities Grants

Grant Seeker Workshops | Facilities Grants

Posted: February 13, 2019

The Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and the Preservation Trust of Vermont are partnering to host three workshops in March. Anyone interested in applying for a facilities grant through either the Cultural Facilities or Historic Preservation Grant programs is encouraged to attend one of the sessions. This is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Preservation Trust’s programs. Read More
A Legacy of Creativity

A Legacy of Creativity

Posted: January 30, 2019

Vermont’s three most northeastern counties, named the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) back in 1949, make up the state’s most rural and least wealthy region. Therefore, perhaps more than any other region, the Kingdom has had to rely on an unusually rich—some might call it quirky—type of ingenuity and craftsmanship within an equally rich natural environment that is treasured and protected. These factors made the perfect backdrop for an influx of well-educated back-to-the-landers in the 1970s. Leaving 9-5 jobs in the cities and migrating to Vermont, they brought communal and environmental values and artisanal skills that matched and built upon those of many of the long-term Vermont residents. All this gave rise to the Kingdom's creative sector. Read More