Skip to Content

Featured Stories

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
2018 Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting

Posted: April 11, 2018

The Arts Council’s annual meeting will be held Friday, May 4 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the Pavilion Building Auditorium at 109 State Street, Montpelier. The entrance to the building is on Governor Davis Avenue. New board members will be elected by vote of the membership. Members have been sent a ballot in the mail; ballots can also be submitted in person from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Only Vermont Arts Council members may vote on trustees. 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
Building the Barrette

Building the Barrette

Posted: March 16, 2018

A beautiful new arts center opened in the heart of White River Junction's downtown in 2015. The Barrette Center for the Arts houses an intimate 240 seat modified thrust performance space and has all the technical capabilities you would hope for. The backstage supports large and small cast productions with rehearsal space matched to the size of the stage used in performance. The lobby is fronted by an outdoor plaza and is enclosed by an inviting windowed street front. The building and spaces within the building have been designed to meet accessibility needs — including an assisted listening system in the theater itself. Managing Director Eric Bunge reported, "People tell us the Barrette Center for the Arts is their favorite place to see live theater. We couldn't ask for a better testimonial." Then, he told us more. Read More
Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 State Championship

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 State Championship

Posted: March 12, 2018

Ten Finalists Congratulations to Aliyah Burr from Burlington High School, Alyese Caruso-Randall from Bellows Free Academy Fairfax, Sadie Chamberlain from Lyndon Institute, Vera Escaja-Heiss from South Burlington High School, Linea Kay from Woodstock Union High School, Annie Keith from Peoples Academy, Chloe Lyons from Mt. Abraham Union High School, Caitlyn McDermott from Vermont Academy, Olivia Pitcher from Burr and Burton Academy, and Gracie Smith from Arlington Memorial High School! These students had the highest scores in their region at the semifinals held March 12 and will advance to the championship round March 15, 2018. Read More