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ArtMail keeps you informed about the Vermont art scene with monthly feature stories, roundups of arts events across the state, and essential Council updates.

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Current Issue

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

Past Issues


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

March 13, 2020 COVID-19 and the creative sector | The 2020 Poetry Out Loud semifinals | POL finals to be held virtually | "Teenagers Recite Poetry" by Brett Ann Stanciu | applications for Artists in Schools Grants close Sunday March 29 | our partnership with Inclusive Arts Vermont and the Southern Vermont Arts Center | COVID-19 event cancellations

February 6, 2020 Creation, Artist Development, Arts Impact, and Cultural Facilities Grants open for application, workshops available | Animating Infrastructure special round opens February 11 | NEA funds work in every state, Challenge America Grants open | recognition for Lost Nation Theater | Vermont Artists to Watch 2020 in Spotlight Gallery | applications to summer Governors Institutes for the Arts open | Sandglass Theater's Summer Intensive open for application | Vermont Arts Award nominations open

January 9, 2020 JumpStart program | Sean Clute joins board | Kira Bacon retires from Council | Teaching Artist Roster open | Poetry Out Loud champions to register | Vermont Tourism Day | Vermont Studio Center seeks executive and finance directors

Past Issues, 2019

December 20, 2019 Happy Holidays!

December 5, 2019 public art and placemaking | shop artisan markets | Rob Hitzig's bumper stickers | Larry Bissonette in Folk Art Messenger | Axel's Gallery and Frame Shop seeks mural sketch | deadline extended for communications and outreach director

November 21, 2019 artist grant cycle scheduled | Head Start Arts Integration Grants awarded | literary mag for LGBTQ+ and POC relaunched | Marble House Project artist residency program accepting applications | Arts Council seeks communications and outreach director | Smart Artist workshop on getting press available

November 14, 2019 Vermont artist Cai Xi

November 7, 2019 Mary Ruefle named poet laureate | I AM .  . . opening events | new officers for Council board | Ben Cadwallader is named Rising Star | Spruce Peak Performing Arts seeks associate | Rep. John Killacky editorial on Arts Advocacy

October 31, 2019 Vermont artist Lina Longtoe

October 24, 2019 Vermont Arts Awards recap | I AM . . . to open | I AM . . . panel discussion | Arts Council communinications and outreach director search open | Circus Smirkus seeks development manager and executive assistant | Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grants available | Helen Day Arts Center recruiting after-school instructors

October 17, 2019 Vermont artist Hom Pradhan

October 10, 2019 Arts and Humanities Month | Artists Lead! program introduced | Vermont Arts Awards 2019 | Voicing Art poetry reading event | surveying the creative economy | Public Art Learning Fund

October 3, 2019 Vermont artist Jarvis Green

September 26, 2019 remembering Paul Bruhn | Big Frog installed at Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory | Vermont Creative Network seeks sector data | director sought for Generator | call for applications to business program at Generator | Northern Stage seeks sales and marketing assistant

September 19, 2019 Vermont artist Migmar Tsering

September 12, 2019 five to receive Vermont Arts Awards 2019 | The State of Sculpture opens in Spotlight Gallery | sculpture to be installed at Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Laboratory | National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Council to present funding opportunities | Vermont Studio Center accepting residency applications | Highland Center for the Arts seeks executive director

September 5, 2019 Vermont artist Rajnii Eddins

August 29, 2019 Conduits coming to Spotlight Gallery | Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network launch meeting September 10 | The State of Sculpture installed in Council garden | Bill Schubart comments on arts and culture solutions | Inclusive Arts Vermont invites work for ANEW | Will Kasso Condry welcomes help from young artists | Studio Place Arts calls for submissions 

August 22, 2019 Vermont artist Larry Bissonnette

August 15, 2019 Creation Grants announced | Cultural Facilities Grants announced | Artists in Schools Grants open | Artist Development Grants open | Sarah-Lee Terrat writes about recovery from Tropical Storm Irene | Toby MacNutt receives award | Next Stage Arts seeks director | Mary Anne Carter confirmed as chair of National Endowment for the Arts | Bennington Museum seeks executive director

August 8, 2019 Vermont artist Desmond Peeples

August 1, 2019 arts festivals in August and September | support arts-based programs in U.S. Defense Department, Veterans Affairs, and Justice Department budgets | Cultural Disaster Readiness Convening September 10 | Creative Ground profiles | #VTArts251 continues | Northern Stage seeks company manager | River Arts calls artists to environmental exhibition | Chandler seeks program and outreach coordinator

July 25, 2019 Vermont artist Kaylynn Sulivan TwoTrees

July 18, 2019 SiteTime : Cordwood : Sharing in Spotlight Gallery | John Killacky remains arts advocate | Levitt AMP Grants available for 2020 | Vermont Community Leadership Summit coming in August | Karen Mittelman to read at Bookstock 2019 | Our Town Grants available

July 11, 2019 Vermont artist Will Kasso Condry

June 20, 2019 Creative Placemakers share perspective | Burlington City Arts honored by New England Foundation for the Arts | Make Music Day approaches | #VTArts251 challenge | Our Town and Arts Works Grants open | Addison/Rutland Creative Zone hosting panel | Community Engagement Lab hosts Tacos & Teaching Artists

June 13, 2019 Vermont artist Mikahely

June 6, 2019, Animating Infrastructure Grants announced | arts-integrated learning history unit at Miller's Run School | expand Creation Grant funding ask | Head Start Arts Integration Grants available | Make Music Day: call | Helen Day Arts Center seeks part-time support person | call to UNBOUND Vol IX | studio space available at Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier2019

May 30, 2019 Vermont artist Toussaint St. Negritude

May 23, 2019 ArtsFest in Montpelier a part of Creative Communities Exchange | open studio weekend | inclusion at Flynn: A Thoughtful Invitation | in memoriam: Malcolm Ewen | Creation and Arts Impact Grant deadlines approaching | Christy Mitchell to head South End Arts and Business Association | NEA announces Vermont grantees | Jarvis Green honored

May 16, 2019 Vermont artist Toby MacNutt

May 9, 2019 Aubrey Benoit photograph wins Congressional Arts Competition | inclusion at Circus Smirkus | Make Music Vermont call to artists | Vermont's appeal to writers and poets | Margaret Coleman appointed director of T.W. Wood Gallery | UNBOUND Vol IX call for entries | VSA Vermont's Inclusive Arts Education in Practice workshop

May 2, 2019 Vermont artist Bryan Blanchette

April 25, 2019 Almost Forgotten in Spotlight Gallery | Road to Recognition permanent installation | VSA Vermont's Inclusive Arts Education in Practice workshop | Green Mountain Youth Symphony auditions | Studio Place Arts open calls to artists | Art for Equity Educator Institute in August

April 18, 2019 Vermont artists Muslim Girls Making Change

April 11, 2019 PoemCity and PoemTown celebrations | Hail the Poets! is featured story | Dominique Gustin joins staff | grant seeker workshops available | Yellow Barn seeks general manager | Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announced Shouldice Family Prize | MakerSphere space available

April 4, 2019 Vermont artist Misoo

March 28, 2019 Poetry Out Loud 2019 State Champion Vera Escaja-Hess | Vermont poet laureate profile and nominations open | Arts Impact Grants round begins | benefit concert for Council and Latchis Arts | Creative Communities Fellowship Program applications open | Vermont Arts Endowment Fund support available | production manager sought for Flynn Center

March 21, 2019 Vermont artist LN Bethea

March 14, 2018 Deployed debuts with reading | Creation Grants open | nominations for2019 Arts Awards open | Poetry Out Loud state championship | Council Annual Report available | Rural Prosperity Through the Arts and Creative Sector study published | Governors Institutes for the Arts applications open

March 7, 2019 Vermont artist Sachiko Yoshida

February 28, 2019 Looking North: Catamount Artists Connect to open in Spotlight Gallery | Poetry Out Loud 2019 Semifinals March 7 | Creative Communities Exchange in Montpelier June 6 and 7 | Chandler Center for the Arts seeks director | Circus Smirkus seeks business manager | T.W. Wood Gallery seeks director

February 21, 2019 Vermont artist Dr. Scarborough François Clemmons

February 14, 2019 staff loves Vermont arts | six Vermont arts organizations recieve NEA grants | EPIC Music featured | Cultural Facilities Grant workshops | Hunger Mountain journal accepting applications | TedxStowe seeks short animation | winners of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards named

February 7, 2019 Vermont artist Isadora Snapp

January 31, 2019 creative economy study launched | Spark coworking space in Greensboro | JAGFest 3.0 highlights women playwrights | Indira Goodwine named dance program director at NEFA | Spruce Peak Arts seeks administrative assistant | Vermont Arts Council seeks artist services coordinator | City of South Burlington seeks artist(s) for 180 Market Street project

January 24, 2019 Vermont artist Amy Hook-Therrien

January 17, 2019 Jackson Tupper in Artists to Watch 2019 | Hannah Morris joins Council staff | NEA Arts Works Grants available | arts and the shutdown | Community Engagement Lab opens Communities Project Grants | Arts Bus seeks director | call to artists: Hunger Mountain Coop

January 10 Vermont artists A2VT

January 3, 2019 Burlington Lake & City Semester's THRIVE! event | introducing I am a Vermont Artist | upcoming Artists to Watch 2019 | Big Heavy World receives Spark! Grant | Dorset Players' auditions for Oklahoma! | apply for Governor's Institutes Winter Weekend Masterclasses

Past Issues, 2018

December 19, 2018 staff favorites | Council receives Ally of Accessibility Award

December 6, 2018  Vermont cultural leaders issue statement | grant for emergency arts readiness | Vermont Arts 20XX on leave | holiday markets | Animating Infrastructure letters of intent deadline | four additional Artist Development Grants awarded | Carving Studio and Sculpture Center accepting residency applications | Heather Geoffrey of Main Street Arts featured

November 22, 2018  arts awards recap | Democracy and the Arts | State House statue to be installed November 30 | artisan markets | Marble House Project residencies | auditions for Lyric Theare Company | Vermont Arts Council seeks executive/development assistant

November 8, 2018  Governor's Arts Awards November 14 | 7Women 7Walls opening reception November 9 | Artist Development Grant deadline November 15 | Irene Green named managing director at Northern Stage | Catamount Arts in running for funding through Levitt Foundation | VSA Vermont seeks part-time development and communications assistant

October 25, 2018  Convening recap | Honor installed at Veterans Cemetery | Head Starts Arts Integration Grants awarded | 7Women 7Walls coming to Spotlight Gallery | call for submissions to Arts Connect at Catamount | 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards open | SafeArt seeks executive director | Second Stage at Walker Farm completes first year

October 11, 2018  Governor's Arts Awards ceremony | Corrina Thurston Rising Star | David Macaulay Lecture | Animating Infrastructure Grant workshops | Leonardo Vazquez at Network Convening | Call for NXNE 2019 | Weston Playhouse seeks director of marketing and communications | about the arts award recipients

September 27, 2018  FY2019 grantees announced | gallery proposals invited | Tom Pilon joins Council staff | 13th Annual Independent Television Festival approaches | Vermont Poetry Out Loud begins | Sarah-Lee Terrat to discuss Green and Gold | interview with Leo Vazquez

September 13, 2018  Governor's Arts Awards recipients announced | opening reception for Macaulay in Montpelier | Creation Grant awardees named | new public art in Waterbury | Making it Happen Leadership Summit Oct. 1 | administrative assistant needed at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center | Leahy to sit on committee influencing NEA budget

August 30, 2018  Macauley exhibit coming Sept. 14 | #VTArts251 announced | new sculpture for State House | workshops for Animating Infrastructure Grants | Journalism in Today's Democracy | Vermont Art Teachers Association Conference | Main Street Arts storytelling event | advocating for arts in education

August 16, 2018  arts events with international flavor | Alexandra Contreras-Montesano named a National Student Poet | Animating Infrastructure and Artists in Schools Grants open | ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain call to artists, architects, and makers | scholarship available for Bennington Writing Seminars | Indiana State University call for public art | grantmaking expresses Council priorities

August 2, 2018  Vermont Filmmakers featured in Middlebury Festival | calls to artists abundant in Council classifieds | Artist Development Grants open | NEFA accepting applications for program director, dance | 2019 Levitt AMP Music Series accepting applications | SEABA and Magic Hat invite artists to submit designs | Reclamation at Helen Day Arts Center

July 19, 2018  Jim Sardonis selected for Art in State Buildings installation | Vermont Book Award nominees announced | The Fabric of Emancipation at Rokeby Museum | proposals sought for Clemmons Family Farm workshops and events | Taryn Noelle Swings reviewed | NEFA seeks consultants for planning growth of CreativeGround | more about Highland Center for the Arts

July 5, 2018  New American Artists: Celebrating Tradition and Culture coming to Spotlight Gallery | Head Start Arts Integration Grants open | Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition | Performing Arts Readiness offers Emergency Preparedness Grants | New England Youth Center hiring technical director | exhibit honors Gregory Sharrow

June 21, 2018  Creative Network developing plan to advance sector in Northeast Kingdom |  Creation Grant deadline | John Killacky's legacy | Center for Arts and Learning director search | Peter Schumann receives Lockwood Prize | residencies at Studio Place Arts | eight museums to visit

June 7, 2018  Special Project Grants | teahing artists  added to roster | National Arts Strategies selects community fellows from Vermont | Flynn Summer Arts Literacy Institute | Susanna Gellert to head Weston Playhouse Theatre | TLC Project at Vermont Arts Exchange

May 24, 2018  Open Studio Weekend | Creation Grants increase | arts-oriented summer camps | Blue Starts Museum program | call for What Happened to the American Dream and shows for shows at Studio Place Art | Sean Hunter Williams sculpture honors art teacher | Brattleboro Music Center

May 10, 2018  new trustees and board chair for Council | "Breathing" in Sculpture Garden Friday | Northern Stage expands BridgeUP program | new finance assistant at Council | NEFA grant recipients announced | CCX host communities sought | call to artists at T.W. Wood Gallery | beer and art tour

April 26, 2018  Artists to Watch Part II opening | grant programs opening | grant seeker workshops | 2018 annual meeting | panelists sought | Poetry Out Loud champion ranks high in national competition | Sculptfest call open | executive director needed at Town Hall Theater | National Dance Project Grants | Norwich University collaborates on elementary school playground

April 12, 2018  mourning Greg Sharrow and Peter Kriff | Council grants available | annual meeting May 4 | disability awareness training | Crafting Your Legacy available as download | 48-hour filmmaking competition for students | northeast region teaching artist trainings | changes at G.R.A.C.E.

March 29, 2018  Art in State Buildings call for RFQ | Poetry Out Loud broadcast on VermontPBS | workshop on sensory-friendly performance | CERF seeks deputy director | scholarships available at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center | Burlington City Arts accepting applications for Summer Artist Market | featured story explores arts-integrated learning

March 16, 2018  Vermont Poetry Out Loud finalists and champion | Vermont Arts Advocacy Day recap | Amy Cunningham is Council deputy director | inclusion workshops coming up | Creative Community Fellows program open | Teaching Artist Roster deadline March 24 | Sculptfest invites proposals | Northeast Region Teaching Artist Training | Arts Council hiring finance assistant | Spruce Peak Performing Arts seeks facility manager | Building the Barrette is featured story

March 1, 2018  Artists to Watch opens | Arts Advocacy Day | Poetry Out Loud semifinals | Cultural Facilities grantee reception | Cultural Facilities grant seeker workshops | become exhibiting member Brandon Artists Guild | Governor's Institutes applications open | Vermont Studio Center seeks admissions manager | Why Watch Artists is featured story

February 15, 2018  NEA grants to seven Vermont organizations | Annual Report available | Vermont Arts 2018 stickers available | Cultural Facilities reception | Elizabeth Alexander now president of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Vermont Book Award nominations open | NEA chair's statement on elimination of funding in President's budget | skiing and arts in Vermont

February 1, 2018  commentary and survey on creative workforce | Caroline Tavelli-Abar talk and SiteTime event | Cultural Facilities grant seeker workshops | Council awards nominations open | Vermont's African American Heritage Trail | Humanities Council grants open | John Dunlop profile | VCFA attracting international talent

January 18, 2018  SiteTime: Falling and talk by Caroline Tavelli-Abar February 2 | Teaching Artist Training in Northeast Kingdom | Pauline Jennings receives SEED award | BMAC looking for office manager | New England Dance Fund grants available | new publication by Michael Caduto | Spread the News blog post

January 4, 2018  SiteTime Scene Two: Falling (postponed) | Teaching Artist Roster open | Vermont Arts 2018 announced | ThinkVermont seeks ambassadors | Miranda Thomas taking craft to Davos, Switzerland | Tessa O'Brien and Kat Clear bring art to Burlington City Hall Park | Ballet Vermont auditions open | Caroline Tavelli-Abar show in Spotlight Gallery

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