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Steering the Ship: A Q&A with Vermont’s Cultural Leaders | Keisha Luce

Steering the Ship: A Q&A with Vermont’s Cultural Leaders | Keisha Luce

Posted: January 21, 2021

Leaders of arts and cultural organizations must draw on perhaps until now untested courage and fortitude to navigate today’s choppy seas. A viral pandemic, economic devastation, unending climate crises, and mass demonstrations to end systemic racism—all are reshaping the cultural landscape. How will these factors shape the arts now… Read More
Art in the Time of Covid: Modern Times Theater

Art in the Time of Covid: Modern Times Theater

Posted: May 26, 2020

Since 2007, husband and wife team Justin Lander and Rose Friedman have toured New England as Modern Times Theater, an old-fashioned puppetry and novelty music show that Boston’s WBUR radio has called “part funny-serious puppets, part jaunty live 1920s band, part serious social critique, part shenanigans.” Rose and Justin… 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
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
Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Posted: April 17, 2017

Vermonters are often said to have a way of being “unique,” from their one-of-a-kind politics and rock bands to the spelling of the state’s favorite sweet treat — Maple Creemees. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the state’s world-class outdoors and arts scenes are unprecedented in their access and offerings. In Vermont, you don’t have to travel far to see a biking trailhead or arts venue, and most often, they’re within close range of each other. Additionally, the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) have forged their own paths to best serve their communities, including deeply-rooted partnerships with dozens of regional arts and biking organizations. Read More
Danville Public Art

Danville Public Art

Posted: May 19, 2015

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is known for family farms, a small, low-density population, and rolling glacier-carved hills. Tradition informs decisions and change comes slowly. U.S. Route 2 is an important east-west road highway that enters Vermont in Alburg and exits in Guildhall. Along the way, this thoroughfare runs through Danville — a small village in the Northeast Kingdom with a strong sense of community. Read More