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Arts Calendar: Statewide

Due to the frequency of event cancellations during the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot guarantee that events listed in our calendar are current. Please confirm with the listed venue before attending.

Have you listed an event in our arts calendar that has since been cancelled due to COVID-19? Please email Desmond Peeples, Content Manager, at dpeeplesREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vermontartscouncil.org to update your listing.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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Jun
2
2020

Black Mother: Cinema as Poetry

Black Mother: Cinema as Poetry

Author, Poet, & Artist, Shanta Lee Gander leads a creative post-film discussion of Black Mother, the new non-linear documentary art film by Khalik Allah.

Part film, part baptism, in Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.

Shanta Lee Gander is an artist and multi-faceted professional. As an artist, her endeavors include writing prose, poetry, investigative journalism, and photography. Her poetry, prose, and personal essays have been featured in Rebelle Society, on the Ms. Magazine Blog, The Commons weekly newspaper. Shanta Lee is the co-author of Ghosts of Cuba: An Interracial Couple’s Exploration of Cuba in the Age of Trump—Told in Images & Words (Green Writers Press, Spring 2020). She is currently the director of outreach and publicity for Mount Island—a small press and magazine dedicated to rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices/artists and gives lectures on the life of Lucy Terry Prince as a member of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Shanta Lee’s work can be viewed at www.Shantaleegander.com

6/2/20 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Online Discussion, Brattleboro

May
27
2020
– THRU –
Jun
3
2020

Black Mother: an audio-visual love letter

Black Mother: an audio-visual love letter

Part film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.

An online discussion of Black Mother will be led by author & artist, Shanta Lee Gander, on Tuesday June 2nd, 7pm.

5/27/20 12:00am - 6/3/20 11:30pm

Virtual Cinema, Brattleboro

May
28
2020
– THRU –
Jun
4
2020

Family Puppet Craft Live-streams

Family Puppet Craft Live-streams

Thank you all for joining us on this journey as we navigate offering events and projects digitally. Here you will find links to live streamed Parent/Child Puppet Craft projects with Shoshana and Jana on Thursdays at 2 PM on Facebook. Activities change weekly.

5/28/20 2:00pm - 6/4/20 3:30pm

sandglasstheater.org, Putney

May
28
2020
– THRU –
Jun
7
2020

The Wolf House: Animated Allegory

The Wolf House: Animated Allegory

Combining stop-motion techniques, painting and photography, this exquisitely handcrafted animation feature tells the story of a girl who attempts to escape a colony of religious fanatics during Chile’s darkest years under Pinochet. Through extraordinary craft and artistic vision this film powerfully communicates the experience of collective trauma. Winner of the Caligari Film Prize at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

5/28/20 12:00am - 6/7/20 12:00am

Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema, Brattleboro

May
23
2020
– THRU –
Jun
23
2020

Virtual Spring Open Studio Weekend

Virtual Spring Open Studio Weekend

For 27 years, bright yellow signs have competed with a multitude of greens
along Vermont's roads to direct visitors to the studios of visual artists,
galleries and art centers across Vermont during the Spring Open Studio
Weekend. But this year, our 28th, thanks to Covid-19, we have
cancelled the face-to-face Open Studio Weekend tour and replaced it
with a Virtual Spring Open Studio Weekend Tour.

We hope that our first ever online tour will continue the statewide
celebration of the visual arts and creative process, and offer a look behind
the scenes into the life of the artist. We hope that visitors will purchase high
quality, handmade artwork from artist websites and online shops as well.

Start the tour on May 23 at 10:00 a.m. at vermontcrafts.com!

5/23/20 10:00am - 6/23/20 5:00pm

Statewide, Statewide

Feb
11
2020
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Aug
1
2020

Exhibit: The Dames

Exhibit: The Dames

For many people, ancestral lineage organizations such as the Colonial Dames are a world apart. We might be intrigued by their celebration of family and colonial history, patriotic service, and shared values—or, alternately, made uncomfortable by perceptions of elitism surrounding their lineage-based membership. But who are these women—these Dames? This exhibit is a collection of oral history recordings and photographic portraits created by the Vermont Folklife Center featuring thirteen members of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Vermont. The stories of these women bring to light life challenges met with grace and courage, opportunities embraced with pioneering spirit and preparedness, lives lived with a strong sense of purpose–and a coming to terms with aging.

Vermont History Museum, Montpelier

May
27
2020
– THRU –
Aug
31
2020

Sandglass Theater Archive Video on Demand

Sandglass Theater Archive Video on Demand

From the Sandglass Archives

Sandglass Theater has created twenty-five productions since our founding in 1982. Most of these have been video recorded for archival purposes, which means they are for our own documentation, marketing, and press outreach. Some of these recordings are better than others, although none of them is recorded with the intention of conveying the full experience of a live performance. These recordings offer a window into our past for those who want to learn more about our history and how our work has developed over these decades. The videos we have selected offer insight into where we have been and where we are going.

Richard 3.5: Light Ruminations on Murder
A collaboration between Bob Berky and Sandglass Theater. Live from the 15th century, King Richard III is here to perform, for your enjoyment, 11 murders and 7 songs that Shakespeare never meant to write. Surrounded by larger-than-life candles, whose wax is used to create the puppet victims before your eyes, Richard and his emcee accomplice dance and sing their way through this epic tragedy.

Isidor’s Cheek, Family Audiences
So begins the song, which begins the story, which begins the adventure: One day, something drives Isidor from his little grey existence. His cheek runs away and Isidor must search around the world to find it again: a world of color and beauty as well as loneliness and even danger. Inspired by a German children’s book.

sandglasstheater.org, Putney