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Arts News for May 24, 2018   
Explore the Art Studios of Vermont
The forecast calls for creativity this holiday weekend, as art and craft studios across Vermont open their doors for the Vermont Crafts Council's Spring Open Studio Weekend. This annual event, supported, in part, by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, attracts visitors from the entire New England area.
The self-guided tour will include more than 179 sites featuring the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers, and wood carvers. Many participating galleries will host talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.
The Vermont landscape is bursting with new growth. Now is the perfect time to get out and travel some unexplored back roads, discover a new artist, and find the perfect work of art to add to your collection. Create an adventure!
Council Increases Support for Individual Artists
Eric Wright received an FY2019 Creation Grant. 
Creation Grants offer artists the time, space, and materials essential to developing fresh ideas and exploring new directions in their work. Beginning this June, the Arts Council has increased Creation Grant awards from $3,000 to $4,000.

"When we provide direct support to artists they, in turn, give us the inspiration and transcendence that we all need in our lives," commented Executive Director Karen Mittelman. "Those shifts in perspective that allow us to see, feel, and imagine beyond our personal joys and struggles are central to the arts and vital for the survival of our shared civic life."

The increase will take effect in the current grant season, and applications are due June 28. Find out how to apply.  
The Council supports artists in many other ways, including the Art in State Buildings Program, Artist Development Grants, and Artists in Schools residencies. Learn about opportunities for individual artists.  
School's (Almost) Out for Summer!
The Vermont Arts Exchange offers a wide variety of creative camps.    
When the school year comes to a close, kids need some splashing-in-the-water and soaking-up-the-sun time. But how about some creative exploration time? There are numerous arts camps across the state offering everything from "Flash Mobs & Pop-Up" to "Claymation & Comics," with some "Big & Messy" fun along the way.
Below are some of the Vermont arts organizations with excellent children's programs. Take a look. You might just wish you were a kid again!  
South Pomfret
Vermont Museums Welcome Military Families
Burlington City Arts is a 2018 Blue Star Museums participant.
This summer, museums in Vermont will offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and their families as part of the Ninth Annual Blue Stars Museum program. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. Free admission will be available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Currently, 13 Vermont museums are participating, and the organizers hope to see that number grow. Museums interested in participating should email
Arts Briefs
Bismark State College and Humanities North Dakota invite submissions of new, ten-minute plays that engage with the question "What Happened to the American Dream?"
 Get the details.
Sean Hunter Williams is carving a sculpture to honor retiring Montpelier High School art teacher
Barbara Austin-Hutchins.
  Read the article in the Times-Argus
Studio Place Arts (SPA) encourages artists to submit a proposal for solo or small group shows to be considered for the 2019 season. The deadline is June 15.
  More information.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
May 25
South Pomfret
Walker Farm
through May 26
Town Hall Theatre
May 25
multiple venues
May 24 to June 10
multiple locations
River Arts
through June 19
Middlebury College Museum of Art
May 25 to August 12
Downtown Bennington
May 26
Bennington Museum
May 27
Dorset Playhouse
May 25, 26, 27
 Brandon Artists Guild
through June 26
Brandon Music
June 2
The Organ Barn
May 27
T.W. Wood Gallery
through June 29
Highland Center for the  Arts
June 7
Brattleboro Music Center
June 9 and 10
Featured Story
Where Goodness Gets You
"We support what enriches our lives - and our community arts organizations deserve appropriate facilities." That's one of the ideas Executive Director Mary Greene put forth when she told us the success story of the Brattleboro Music Center. The facility is beautiful, well equipped, and of service to the community. Mary offers her perspective in this week's Featured Story, "A Classic(al) Example."
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, 2018

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

Past Issues, 2017

December 21, 2017  deputy director position at Council | Vermont artists week approaches | auditions for Lost Nation Theater | NECCA seeks director | Chris Bohjalian writes on activism

December 7, 2017  Zon Eastes retires | Clemmons Family Farm receives ArtPlace America grant | Governor's Institutes winter weekends | VSA Vermont mentoring program | Karen Mittelman on community

November 23, 2017  Scholastic Arts & Writing invitation | Northern Vermont University seeks professor of fine arts | artist residency program open at Marble House Project |  IAA Family Portrait Project

November 9, 2017  Creative Network Summit highlights | award to JAG Productions | "My Father's Vietnam" | ten tips for surviving winter

October 26, 2017  Governor's Arts Awards highlights | Head Start Arts Integration Grants announced | accessibility workshop coming | teaching artist networking event | Karen Mittelman q and a

October 12, 2017    arts and culture's economic impact | Creative Network Summit approaching | enjoy Vermont Open Studio Weekend | 2018 Vermont Creative Schools Initiative Teaching Artist Academy & Fellowship Program | Arts Bus gala | summer residency available at Carving Studio & Sculpture Center | legacy workshops scheduled

September 28, 2017  "SiteTime" to open in Sculpture Garden | "Connection" in Spotlight Gallery to close | Governor's Arts awards in Greensboro | Jensen Beach wins 2017 Vermont Book Award | Helen Day seeks deputy director | Montpelier opens call to artists | Preservation Trust looking for field service provider |  "SiteTime" artists

September 14, 2017  arts awards recipients, debut performance, and venue | call for NXNE 2018 | revitalizing Waterbury Train Station | Arts Education week

August 31, 2017  Arts Council and Humanities Council statement on inclusion | call to artists for FLOURISH | Waterbury Historical Society seeks archivist | Kentucky Arts Council accepting application for marketing and communications administrative branch manager

August 17, 2017  Stephen Pite appointed to board | Artists in Schools Grants open | VPR fortieth anniversary | Charlotte Albright commentary on steamroller art | VATA fall conference | WonderArts hiring | Studio Place Arts residency | Creation Grant recipients

August 3, 2017  grant awardees announced | Vermont Creative Network news | Lt. Gov. Zuckerman joins military arts initiative | become an Art Hound | Arts Literacy Institute August 8-10 | Kevin Thornton's documentary, "Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story"

July 20, 2017  Karen Mittleman appointed executive director | Alice Claflin is Finance Director | Sean Williams and Karen Petersen commissioned for public art projects | An Art-Packed Summer Day

July 6, 2017  Art in State Buildings project update | NEA funding for Vermont organizations | Head Starts Arts Integration and Technical Assistance Grants open | call to artists for Compass Music and Arts | Downtown Rutland seeking marketing and events coordinator | call open for 31st annual Hard + Soft exhibition  | A Short Distance to Vibrant Arts

June 22, 2017  theater, music, and other festivals | summer arts camps | Magic Hat wins arts award | CERF+ "Get Ready" Grants | applications for public art in Waterbury | Monteverdi School seeks director | more about the Me2/Orchestra

June 8, 2017  share your town's arts and culture | new trustees elected | input on strategic plan | Levitt AMP concert series at Dog Mountain | FlynnArts program | Ric Kasini Kadour curates exhibit in Spotlight Gallery

May 25, 2017  annual meeting and garden party June 5 | Ric Cadour curating show for Spotlight Gallery | Leahy introduces Artist-Museum Partnership Act | Annual Report designer wins award | Creative Schools Initiative Teacher Institute coming | Arts Council hiring | town plan survey

May 11, 2017  Animating Infrastructure Grants to five communities | Jocelyn Pike first at Congressional Art Competition | Lee Ann Cox wins The Center for Fiction's 2016 Christopher Doheny Award | bike trails near arts attractions

April 27, 2017  interim director Teri Bordenave | IAA family portrait project | Poetry Out Loud champion in Washington, DC | NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index | VSA Vermont seeks executive director | Laura Jane Walker's art in Spotlight Gallery

April 13, 2017  celebrate National Poetry Month | Alex Aldrich honored by legislature and poet laureate | Integrated Arts Academy enters ACT competition | window stickers available | Lyric Theatre seeking executive director | Tap into Film registration open | Make Music Vermont event approaching | Capital City Concerts to premiere Evan Premo piece

March 30, 2017  Alex Aldrich stepping down | Emily Friedrichsen is Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Champion | Alison Bechdel Named Vermont Cartoonist Laureate | public art commissions available | call to artists and makers for maker faire | Spruce Peak Arts Center seeks executive director | call for SculptFest 2017 | interview with April Ossmann

March 16, 2017  Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Championship | Trump administration proposes elimination of NEA | daylong convening on accessibility, equity, and community inclusion | calls to artists open for Arts in State Buildings | art and snowboarding

March 2, 2017  spring convening highlights accessibility | calls to artists for Art in State Buildings program | call to artists for Spotlight Gallery | Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2017 semifinals | nominations open for Vermont Arts Awards | kindergarten conference based in art | art and maple syrup tour

February 16, 2017  grants open | grant seeker workshops offered | executive director needed at Chandler | Voices of the Wilderness artist residency | Cold Hollow Sculpture Park looking for program coordinator | VAE success story

February 2, 2017  Vermont Arts Advocacy Day | National Arts Advocacy | tribute to Howard Frank Mosher | Dorset Theatre Festival's 40th Anniversary | Cultural Facilities Grants open | Vermont Governor's Institutes accepting applications | Kathy Stark's exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery

January 19, 2017  arts advocacy | funding cuts proposed | Vermont Arts 2017 | The Art of Inclusion workshop announced | Poem City coming | Building a Marketing Plan workshop announced | art mapping at Academy School

Other Newsletters

Advocacy Updates  Sometimes an update, sometimes a call to action. Always information about the Council's position during the legislative session.

Breaking Into Business  Resources for the business-minded artist.

Notes From Outside the Box  Keeping our sector informed about the progress and shaping of the Vermont Creative Network.