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Animating Infrastructure

Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. Through this program, the Council strives to demonstrate the positive impact of art in helping communities meet goals of livability, walkability, safety, economic vitality, and community vibrancy, and to support the creation of unique infrastructure projects where function and art are one and the same.

The Council’s definition of infrastructure is broad. It includes community facilities and services such as buildings, trails, water or sewer systems, roads, power systems, parks, and more.

Functional components of infrastructure—such as sidewalks, railings, benches, walls, signs, stairs, and tree grates in the built and/or natural environment—have the potential for artistic enhancement that creates unique places where people want to live, work, visit, and play.

The guidelines for 2020 included a two-phase process: Phase one required a letter of interest, and in phase two, a small number of applicants from phase one were invited to develop a full proposal.

To learn more watch this short video about the power of public art in Vermont communities.

Recent years’ funded projects

Awards for public art installations

Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, Brattleboro
$15,000 to support a new kinetic public art installation entitled "Ask the River" at the Brattleboro Transportation Center

Middlebury Underground, Middlebury
$15,000 to support a poetry walk with poems engraved in sidewalks around downtown Middlebury

Paran Recreations, North Bennington
$15,000 to support a sculptural kiosk for the town of North Bennington

Wilmington Works, Wilmington
$14,000 to support a work of art to cover the Beaver Street retaining wall

Planning/design phase awards

Town of Hyde Park
$5,000 to design themed public art installations for three locations between Main Street and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail to achieve connectivity and continuity.

Town of South Royalton
$5,000 to design public art to be integrated into a highly traveled and highly visible underpass in downtown South Royalton.