Vermont Arts Council

ArtMail Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter, ArtMail, keeps you informed about the Vermont art scene with current grant opportunities, feature stories, roundups of arts events across the state, classified ads, and essential Council updates.

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Current Issue

March 21, 2024 Legislative halftime report | creative sector resilience | Poetry Out Loud state champion | VTSU filmmaker talk recap | Vermont Tourism Summit | Council opportunities | and more

Past Issues

Feb. 22, 2024 VTSU student film exhibit | solar eclipse resources | Vermont NEA grant recipients | June creative sector convening | Council grant opportunities | and more

Jan. 24, 2024 Disaster resilience resources | Creative Sector Day 2024 | Creative Aging grantees | NEFA’s Harold Steward visits VT | free event calendars | Council grants and other opportunities | and more

Dec. 19, 2023 New and upcoming public art | year-end fundraising drive | Vermont Made episode 15 with Rebecca Mack | Council grants and other opportunities | and more

Nov. 15, 2023 Annual Report | Advocacy Agenda | Flood Relief Update | open grants and other Council opportunities | and more

Oct. 20, 2023 Governor’s Arts Awards highlights | FY2024 Creation Grantees | AEP6 results | November creative sector advocacy webinars | Vermont Made episode 14 with Troy Wunderle | open grants and other Council opportunities | and more

Sept. 20, 2023 Emergency flood relief | final Covid aid distributed | recent grant recipients | 2023 Vermont Arts Award winners | Creative Aging support | teaching artist Idea Exchange II | Council grants and other opportunities | and more

July 25, 2023 Flood report | the great sculpture rescue | can’t-miss August festivals | flood relief | Council grant opportunities | and more

June 9, 2023 Why the arts matter in Vermont fact sheet | over $1.1M in NEA grants to Vermont | “Elements of Shelter” in the Sculpture Garden | AEP6 organization surveys due | Creative Segment Leader Spotlight: Meg Emmons | professional service profiles on CreativeGround | Council grant opportunities | and more

May 10, 2023 Welcoming ED Susan Evans McClure | Vermont Community Foundation partnership | Creative Futures recipients and final round | Animating Infrastructure Grant recipients | Council seeking new finance director | spring fundraising drive | Creative Segment Leader Spotlight: Martha Fitch | Vermont Made episode 12 with Tillie Walden | CreativeGround profile workshops | Council grant opportunities | and more

April 14, 2023 Announcing new VAC executive director | celebrating National Poetry Month | Cartoonist Laureate’s appointment at Statehouse | new website under construction | interviews with Creation Grantee Dylan Hausthor and Chad Ervin of Vermont Production Collective | Council grant opportunities | and more

March 14, 2023 Tillie Walden to be appointed new Cartoonist Laureate | 2023 Congressional Art Competition | the People’s Choice Creation Grant Award | sharing creative sector impact with legislators | Vermont Made episode 11 with Out in the Open | help clean CreativeGround data | Council grant opportunities | and more

February 8, 2023 Creative Futures impact stories | VAC collaboration with VTrans in NASAA report | 2023 Vermont Arts Awards nominations open | Creative Sector Day at the Statehouse | Black History Month classroom contest | Poetry Out Loud events | supporting professional development for Clemmons Farm artist network | CreativeGround Spotlight: Debra Fotheringam | Council grant opportunties | and more

January 10, 2023 Creative Futures round 1 recipients, round 2 opens | Essex Mental Health Recovery Residence final designs | hearing loss survey | December advocacy webinar recordings | arts education grant recipients | Vermont Made episode 10 with Boomslang | top ten stories of 2022 | CreativeGround Spotlight: Taconic Music | Council grant opportunities | and more

December 7, 2022 Call for executive director applications | Vermont Arts Awards tribute films | how philanthropy can make the arts accessible and affordable | creative sector advocacy webinars | the Academy for Creative Aging | features on Katniss Everqueer and Jordyn Taylor Fitch | CreativeGround Spotlight: LMNOPI | Council grant opportunities | and more

November 8, 2022 Farewell to Karen Mittelman | annual report and fundraising appeal | Film and Media Industry Task Force update | AEP6 survey update | new Artists in Schools residencies | stories on Michelle Saffran and Leath Tonino | CreativeGround Spotlight: Alia Thabit | Council grant opportunities | and more

October 5, 2022 Creative Futures Grants open | National Arts & Humanities Month | new CreativeGround | VCN: fall networking events, AEP6 survey | Poetry Out Loud school registration | Vermont Made episode 9 with Ann Dávila Cardinal | Art in the Time of Covid: Phoebe Lo | Council grant opportunities | and more

September 7, 2022 2022 Vermont Arts Awards announced | new grantees in three programs | new Creative Aging Grants program | ED search underway | VCN: leadership summit recap, retreat photos, new steering team member, AEP6 survey | Idea Exchanges for teaching artists | interviews with Francesca Blanchard and Stephanie Skenyon | Council grant opportunities | and more

July 27, 2022 Karen Mittleman to depart | Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 study | legislative round-up | free tech help | teaching artist academy | Art in the Time of Covid: Danielle O’Hallisey | Vermont Made episode 8 with WalrusDice Productions | CreativeGround Spotlight: Zig Zag Lit Mag | Council grant opportunities | events and classified ads | and more

June 27, 2022 historic recovery package becomes law | Digital Capacity Grants announced | July technical assistance webinars | artists chosen for Essex Recovery Residence commission | “Art from Guantanamo Bay” in the Spotlight Gallery | Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference highlights | First Person: The Sound of (Black) Music | upcoming Council grants | and more

May 26, 2022 historic recovery package imminent | a partnership with VCF | new public art awards announced | upcoming technical assistance webinars | 2022 Congressional Art Competition winners | CreateVT wins top planning award | 2022 Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference registration | Creative Aging celebration June 3 | “Manging Performance Spaces ‘Post’ Covid” | “Art in the Time of Covid: Patricia Norton” | and more

April 26, 2022 spring appeal letter | even more technical assistance | remembering Stan Walker | 2022 Vermont Arts Awards nominations | Better Places progress | POL national semifinals | Emily Bernard on Vermont Made | Steering the Ship: Susan Evans McClure | CreativeGround Spotlight: Carving Studio & Sculpture Center | Council grant opportunities

March 21, 2022 Poetry Out Loud state champion | new digital programming technical assistance | new CreativeGround website launch | new covid-19 impact report | Vermont Creative Futures Act update | welcoming Heather Pelham to VCN steering team | a national teaching artists convening | highlighting Ukrainian art | National Arts Strategies fellow Susan Romano | Council grant opportunities

February 23, 2022 digital capacity grants and technical assistance | serve as a grant panelist or advisor | Better Places program open | get your Unique Entity ID | Vermont Creative Futures Act update | Poetry Out Loud school champions | Joy in Motion K-12 curriculum | interviews with Gin Ferrara and Epsilon Spires | Council grant opportunities

January 24, 2022 Vermont Creative Futures Act | 2021 highlights: annual report, arts awards, pandemic report | new BIPOC cultural events calendar | Art in the Time of Covid: Ida Mae Specker | Artist Development and Creation Grants

December 22, 2021 How artists are adapting to the pandemic | grant panelist nominations | Vermont Made with John Killacky | Artist Development Grants

November 22, 2021 Covid impact and relief numbers | communication and disability etiquette | share your news with the Council | creative sector advocacy webinars and resources | Poetry Out Loud town hall Dec. 9 | one-sentence stories of creativity in community | two new episodes of Vermont Made | Council grant opportunities

October 26, 2021 cultural nonprofits receive $1.16M in relief | digital capacity building for the sector | share a sentence on creative community engagement | new advocacy webinar series | Vermont Presidential Scholarship nominations | Council grant opportunities

September 28, 2021 2021 Vermont Arts Awards | Stages in the Sun highlights | Poetry Out Loud | interviews with Jody Fried and Tina Escaja | new Vermont Made podcast episodes | two poems by Mary Ruefle

August 30, 2021 Council grant opportunities | release of the final CreateVT Action Plan | new creative aging teaching artists roster | interviews with Morgan English, Cecelia Kane, Laurel Jenkins, and Alexandra Langstaff

July 27, 2021 new board officers | explore Stages in the Sun this summer | Vermont Made podcast coming soon | animating the Alexander Twilight Educational Trail | RFP for advocacy services | Council grant opportunities | Art in the Time of Covid: River Arts and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

July 2, 2021 Features Edition Interviews with Dana Walrath and Lauren Larken Scuderi | First Person with KeruBo | Addison/Rutland Creative Zone Profile: Lisa Mitchell | Vermont Curators Group exhibits

June 22, 2021 Grants Edition Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grants | new Artist Development grantees | revamping New England’s creative sector directory | Creative Aging informational webinar | promote your event through Stages in the Sun | Vermont’s creative economy makes waves | more arts news and classified ads

May 2021 Features Edition interviews with Poetry Out Loud national finalist Irén Hangen Vázquez and Flynn ED Jay Wahl | Creative Zone Profiles: Randi Solin | Pat Musick’s June 17 artist talk | Vermont Crafts Council’s Spring Open Studio Weekend | Words in the Woods | Stages in the Sun

May 2021 Grants Edition Animating Infrastructure grantees | American Rescue Plan funds and new NEA awards | 40th Congressional Art Competition winners | creative aging teaching artist trainings | Stages in the Sun | CreateVT launch progress | Council grant opportunities

April 27, 2021 reopening arts and culture venues | 2021 Vermont Arts Awards nominations | SVOG application portal reopens | new funding for creative aging | VPR poetry moments | Pat Musick’s Spotlight Gallery exhibit | Amy Blanchard Darley obituary | CreateVT Action Plan launch party | Creative Zone Profiles: Russ Bennett | Council grant opportunities | meaningful art | interviews with Swan&Stone Millinery and Veronica Stevens | I AM… 2021 concludes

March 23, 2021 Better Places grants awarded | the 2021 Poetry Out Loud champion | arts recovery updates | call for poetry submissions for VPR | Vermont’s creative sector action plan advances | Creative Zone Profiles: Erin Burdock | Council grant opportunities | interviews with Elise Brunelle, Riki Moss, Leaf Silver, and Kate Donnelly | I AM… 2021 artist talks continue

February 22, 2021 10 NEA grants to Vermont | making the case for creatives | powering out communities with creative industry | Creation Grants open | New England States Touring grants open | an interview with Ben Doyle of Preservation Trust of Vermont | I AM… 2021 launches with packed (zoom) house | virtual POL champion showcase March 15

January 27, 2021 director’s arts advocacy update | five new board members | 2020 highlights | upcoming grant rounds | the Spotlight Gallery’s first virtual exhibit | interviews with Danny Lichtenfeld, Keisha Luce, and Dona Ann McAdams | Vermont Poetry Out Loud’s Champion Showcase in March

December 22, 2020 creative placemaking through Better Places program | the CARES Act report to the community | our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access | Poetry Out Loud goes virtual | an interview with Sarah Audsley

November 23, 2020 Covid impact and relief by the numbers | artist development grants support digital pivot | Roxbury Fish Culture Station trout sculpture | Animating Infrastructure grantseeker workshop | IdeaJam: Strategies on Dec. 1 | Creative Zone Profiles: Carrie Caouette-De Lallo | an interview with Erin Evarts | I am a Vermont Artist: KeruBo

October 26, 2020 new Expanded Economic Recovery program | Cultural Facilities Grants awarded | North Bennington’s new sculpture kiosk | interviews with Frances Cannon and Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup | I am a Vermont Artist: Alexa Rivera | Creation Grantee Otto Muller at Kents Corner | Poetry Out Loud is back | Vermont Creative Network’s IdeaJams

September 28, 2020 2020 Vermont arts awards recipients | FutureJam with Vermont Creative Network | VERGCO grants | new technical assistance program | Creative Zone Profiles: Tara Lynn Scheidet | Creation Grant recipient profiles | Art in the Time of Covid: Musicians Uncovered

September 3, 2020 Features Edition poetry in the mail, from Mary Ruefle | Vermont’s mask-making artists | an interview with new Vermont Studio Center director Elyzabeth Holford | a look at this year’s Vermont Humanities Fall Conference and Vermont International Film Festival | I am a Vermont Artist: Amber Skye Arnold | a first-person account of SculptureFest 2020 | Art in the Time of Covid: Bully No More!

August 27, 2020 Grants Edition artist development grants and artists in schools program open | Council resources for grantseekers | our Creative Sector Reopening and Recovery Guide | the Council’s Covid-19 relief by the numbers | NEFA’s New Work New England grants | call to artists for audio diaries | Rauschenberg Medical Emergency grants | recent grantees accounced | Covid-19 impact surveys

July 23, 2020 our reopening and recovery guide | teaching artists can be “leaders of re-entry” | wearing masks at Southern Vermont Art Center | ACCD grant applications still open | emergency grant updates | Vermont’s NEA grant recipients | I am a Vermont artist: Shani Stoddard | casting call for Vermont Creative Network video project | more summer museum and gallery reopenings | rethinking public spaces survey | NEA Our Town grant deadline | Cultural Facilities deadline

June 25, 2020 house approves $5 million to Council | NEA grants to Vermont organizations | I am a Vermont artist: Jericho Parms | six-word quarantine stories | art is essential! | 2020 POL state finalists and original poetry award winners | an interview with Shanta Lee Gander | June museum and gallery reopenings | July grant deadlines

May 27, 2020 the governor’s recovery plan | the creative sector response and recovery | the Vermont Creative Networks covid support survey | Cultural Relief grants awarded to organizations | RRAR grants fund over 400 artists | VACDaRN launches new website | an interview with Modern Times Theater | 20202 Governor’s Institutes go online | new exhibits at Vermont Art Online | submit Vermont artists for us to feature | new round of Artist Development grants | submit virtual arts events to our calendar

April 23, 2020 a letter from the executive director | Council partners with Vermont Humanities on new Cultural Relief fund | Rapid Response Artist Relief fund reopens with NEFA support | Council partners with VT Community Foundation on new statewide Arts Recovery Fund | COVID-19 Q&A for arts and culture sector with state epidemiologist Patsy Kelso | I am a Vermont Artist: Samirah Evans | on art, isolation, and pandemic with Mary Ruefle | Vermont Curators Group goes online with | Vermont Arts Awards nominations extended through June | Council grant and program changes due to COVID-19

admin-place August 30, 2016