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Arts News for January 9, 2020     
Jump Start in Full Swing
Image by Liza Voll Photography.
As 2019 wrapped up, so did another round of JumpStart--a business training program for makers co-organized by Burlington's Generator and LaunchVT and sponsored by the Arts Council. Mentoring, technical training, and free membership at a maker space support new entrepreneurs in rolling out creative businesses.
The last ten-week session culminated in a shopping event dubbed Holiday Humbug. Artists confidently sold their jewelry, hats, clothing, and knives that evening. This week's featured story, Just Add Savvy, describes the program and the experience.
Welcome Sean
The Arts Council board is delighted to welcome Sean Clute as the newest trustee. 
Sean is a multimedia artist who experiments with video, sound, and performance; you might find him in a suspended pod, a geodesic dome, or a cacophonic sonic environment. He co-directs the intermedia performance group Double Vision, and directs MARS (the Media Arts Research Studio) at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, where he serves as assistant professor of fine arts. When he is not creating art or teaching, he is busy learning to cross-country ski.
The Council's board is composed of eighteen trustees from across the state, one of whom is appointed by the governor.
Thank You, Kira!
At the end of December, the Arts Council staff and board said a reluctant farewell to Kira Bacon, who has been on staff for seven years, most recently serving as communications director.

Among her many accomplishments, Kira brought new energy and fresh artistic perspectives to the Council's Spotlight Gallery and Sculpture Garden. She also conceived the I am a Vermont Artist interview series, inviting a diverse range of artists to share reflections about how living in Vermont has shaped their artistic practices. Kira's passion and talents strengthened and enriched our work, and we will miss her.

Although she has left the Arts Council, Kira is not going far. You might just see her on the slopes at Sugarbush!
Makers at School? Yes, Please
If you're a creative with experience in K-12 classrooms and/or makerspaces, we want to hear from you. The Arts Council is accepting applications to its Teaching Artist Roster.
Everyone on the roster has a passion for artistry. They also have the ability to activate creativity in others--in both arts and nonarts classrooms. The Artist in Schools Grant program supports school residencies throughout Vermont; the artists employed must be on the roster.
Learning through the arts awakens young minds in ways other modalities might not, whether making videos, graphics, ceramics, crankies, or puppets. One school administrator reported, "We value risk taking as an attribute and this residency encouraged our students to put themselves out there." Teachers have also noted they value experimental learning, critical thinking, and creativity because "These attributes represent a broad range of what we strive to become as citizens." This is meaningful work.
Find out how to apply.
Arts Briefs
Poetry Out Loud: Schools are registering their champions now for the March 5 semifinal competition at the Barre Opera House.
Get the details.
Vermont Tourism Day is January 15 at the State House. Industry leaders, including those in the arts, will be urging investment in this sector.
 Learn more and add your voice here.
The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson is looking for an executive director as well as a director of finance and human resources.
These and other job postings here.
Upcoming Events
Chandler Upper Gallery
January 10
Light Club Lamp Shop
January 10
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
January 10
South Pomfret
Valley Arts Festival Gallery
through February 29
Main Street Arts
January 10
Saxtons River
Vermont Supreme Court Gallery
opening tonight, runs through March 30
Central Vermont Medical Center Gallery
through January 11
Vermont College of Fine Arts
January 11-20
Highland Center for the Arts
through February 16
 Shelburne Museum
through March 8
Helen Day Arts Center
January 16-April 18
multiple venues
January 17 and 19
Lyndonville and Greensboro
Southern Vermont Arts Center
January 11-March 15
Le Château, Grand Salon at Middlebury College
January 19
Vermont Jazz Center
January 18
The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which requires a 1:1 match from the Vermont State Legislature. Council grants, programs, and statewide arts promotion would not be possible without the critical funding provided by these government agencies.


Past Issues, 2020

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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