Vermont Arts Council


Learners of all ages benefit from engagement in the arts. In schools, arts education improves school climate and culture, prepares students for future success, and supports community engagement. As one ages, participating in the arts can improve emotional well-being, support good health, strengthen social engagement, and bring purpose and joy.

The Vermont Arts Council supports arts education through the following grant programs:

Artists in Schools Grants. These grants support teaching artist residences. Schools or school districts and non-profit arts organizations may apply.

Arts Project Grants. These grants support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to add vibrancy to Vermont communities through projects that provide equal and abundant access to the arts.

Creative Aging Grants. These grants support skill-based instruction alongside opportunities for social engagement and community building in and through the arts for older adults. Applicants are non-profits with 501(c)(3) status, such as arts organizations, area agencies on aging, or social service organizations.

Early Childhood Arts Partnership Grants. These grants support arts and arts-integrated experiences in pre-school classrooms. The grant program prioritizes partnerships and programming that addresses equity challenges, such as programs serving English language learners, children and families with low incomes, or children who live in sparsely populated areas.

The Council maintains a juried roster of highly qualified teaching artists available for arts-integrated educational activities in schools and community-based settings, such as after-school and early-childhood programs, camps, adult workshops, and more. The roster is a resource to facilitate connections between teaching artists, community organizations, and schools. Schools and organizations applying to the Council’s grant programs such as Artists in Schools are encouraged to refer to the roster when seeking to partner with teaching artists. Learn more.

The Council offers professional development opportunities and resources to support rostered teaching artists. Check out our resources for Vermont teaching artists.

admin-place August 8, 2014