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Arts News for March 14, 2019    
Vermont Playwright Brings Veteran Voices to the Stage
Photo courtesy Northern Stage
Writer and journalist Nicola Smith received a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant to develop a play about the experiences of female veterans. As Nicola explained, "Female veterans' perspectives are not often heard. Yet the effect of service on their lives, especially on their identities as women and as citizens, is transformative. I realized that the intimacy and immediacy of theater would be a powerful way for audiences to hear these women's stories."
Nicola approached Northern Stage for advice about writing the play and was connected to dramaturg Samantha Lazar. Nicola and Samantha spent a year shaping the disparate narratives into a cohesive whole while developing the work's structure, themes, and characters. The resulting work, Deployed, will debut with a reading on March 30 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction.
Congratulations to Nicola and Samantha. Thanks for bringing these important voices to the stage.
Creation Grant Round Opens: Artists Take Note
Choreographer Laurel Jenkins received a FY2019 Creation Grant to support the development of Beacon Fire, a dance collaboration. 
The play Deployed, mentioned above, is one of many projects supported by Creation Grants. A just-published  book of essays by Emily Bernard also received funding through the program. Kinetic sculpture, poetry collections, and new music have also been backed through this program this year.

Creation Grants support Vermont artists in developing new work. Grant funds may be used for time spent creating work, to purchase materials, or to rent equipment or space for the process.

The FY2020 grant round is open and the deadline is June 3. The guidelines, tips, and online application are available here. And when you're ready to propose your idea,
be sure to read this week's featured story Making the Pitch
Arts Awards: who will you nominate?
2018 Arts Awards recipients. Top: Chris Miller and Jerry Williams. Middle: Alison Bechdel and Judith Chalmer. Bottom: Allison Coyne Carroll and John Willis.  
Two sculptors, a photographer, and a cartoonist were among the recipients of 2018 Vermont Arts Council awards. Their accomplishments were honored at the Governor's Arts Awards event held at the Vermont State House last October.  
Nominations are invited for the 2019 Arts Awards. Five awards are presented annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the arts through the practice of an art form, or through advocacy, arts administration, or education.
Nominations will be accepted through April 5. Find more information about the awards on our website
Poetry Out Loud Finals Next Week!
Ten high school students will compete in the Vermont Poetry Out Loud Finals to be held at Vermont PBS in Colchester. The event will be live-streamed on Monday, March 18 at 5 p.m., with support from Vermont PBS.    
Poetry Out Loud is supported in part by a generous grant from the George W. Mergens Foundation. We are also grateful to our sponsor, the National Life Group. 
Find out more about Poetry Out Loud and how to watch the live stream.   
Congratulations to (l to r) Eloise Silver Van Meter from Thetford Academy; Alyese Caruso-Randall from Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax; Vera Escaja-Heiss from South Burlington High School; Sirena Sawyer from Mount Mansfield Union High School; Sam Bulpin from St. Johnsbury Academy; Anna Senesac from Rice Memorial High School; Owen Darling from Mount Abraham Union High School; Arianna Barrios from Arlington Memorial High School; Adsel Sparrow from Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans; and Ada Melton-Houghton from Brattleboro Union High School.
Arts Briefs
The Vermont Arts Council FY2018 Annual Report is now available online.
Read it here.
A new national study, Rural Prosperity through the Arts & Creative Sector, offers strategies to revitalize rural communities--and highlights three Vermont projects!
  Read the study.
The Governors Institutes for the Arts is accepting applications for its summer program. The deadline to apply is March 31.
Upcoming Events
Vermont Jazz Center
March 16
City Hall Gallery
through March 26
The Masonic Hall
March 16
Burke Mountain Hotel
March 16
East Burke
The Hive
March 16
Chandler Center for the Arts
March 16
Barre Opera House
March 16
The Front
March 15 to April 28
Brandon Music
March 15
Weston Playhouse at
Walker Farm
March 16
Adamant Community Club
March 16
Mahaney Arts Center
March 15
Welcome to Young Tradition Vermont_s Instrument Petting Zoo
Fletcher Free Library
March 16
Vermont State House
March 20

Vermont College of Fine Arts Noble Annex
March 16
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, 2019

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 Fran├žois 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 artist 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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