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Arts News for October 25, 2018   
Creative Convening
Artists, educators, and community leaders came together last week for a day of inspiration and conversation. Convening to move the Vermont Creative Network forward, the group considered Vermont and its creative sector through a number of lenses - from the poetic to the statistical, the philosophical to the practical.
Following a reading by famed poet and Vermont Arts Council trustee Major Jackson, plenary speaker Leonardo Vazquez - the founder and director of the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking - encouraged everyone to think about leadership and changemaking and how it can influence positive community changes. He challenged the group to consider ways to get past the "tyranny of custom."
Northeast Kingdom (NEK) Creative Zone agent Jody Fried, with consulting team members Melissa Levy and Michael Kane, shared initial findings from the creative economy strategic plan being developed in the NEK. An in-depth discussion about the potential for a statewide expansion of the plan followed in the afternoon.
"Honor" and its Creator Celebrated
Honor, by Karen A. Petersen, at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
More than 130 people gathered on a spectacular autumn day to celebrate the completion of Vermont's newest Art in State Buildings project. Honor, a bronze statue by Braintree artist Karen A. Petersen, offers a place of peace and reflection at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Petersen selected a horse as her subject to acknowledge its integral role in the military since ancient times. Honor is bowing its head in remembrance of a lost companion. The artist chose the Morgan breed because it was developed by Justin Morgan, who lived with his family in Randolph.
During the invocation, The Reverend Mary Lewis Webb referred to the significance of the horse depicted in the sculpture and said "This sturdy, faithful, gentle, home-grown Morgan horse, whose breed was given birth in this state of Vermont, reminds us that it's better to live and thrive in times of peace, as way back when the farm and family named, fed, and loved them. May Peace be the destiny to which we aspire."

Read about the Art in State Buildings Program.
Head Start Arts Integration Grants Awarded
Head Start students in the Burlington City Arts Early Arts program.  
The arts can play a critical role in preparing children for school and life. Extensive research has shown that in very young people, the arts and art activities build enthusiasm, interest, and skills for learning.
The Council's Head Start Arts Integration Program reaches children at the earliest stage of their schooling and intentionally focuses on those living in poverty,
dual-language learners, and students with cognitive or behavioral challenges.

For FY2019, the Council is partnering with organizations providing Head Start programs in seven counties. The Head Start Arts Integration Program supports partnerships and programming within five of Vermont's seven regional Head Start programs, offering opportunities for childcare providers to connect with parents and communities to extend this learning beyond the walls of childcare centers.  
Seven in the Spotlight
Mary Admasian
Alisa Dworsky
Karen Henderson
Evie Lovett
Hannah Morris
Janet Van Fleet
Kristen M. Watson 
An artist participating in the upcoming Spotlight Gallery show asked if there was a theme. The answer was "fill your wall with work you love." Seven artists will do just that in "7Women, 7Walls" opening Friday, November 9. From fiber arts and collage to encaustic and found objects, the work spans the vast artistic landscape of Vermont. 
Join us for an artist reception
Friday, November 9
5 to 7 p.m.
Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street
Read about the Spotlight Gallery.
Arts Briefs
Arts Connect at Catamount welcomes submissions for its Fourth Annual Juried Show. The deadline is October 29.
  Find out how to apply
Students in grades 7 to 12 are invited to submit work for the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The deadline is December 13.
SafeArt, based in Chelsea, is seeking an executive director. The deadline
is November 16
More information.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events
The Front
through December 2
Weston Playhouse
October 26, 27, 28
Vermont College of Fine Arts
October 25, 26
T.W. Wood Gallery
October 27
Oldcastle Theatre
October 27
Stone Valley Arts
through October 28
Becky Graber Sings _Let_s Fall in Love_ with Alki Steriopoulos_ pianist
Next Stage
October 27
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
October 27
Middlebury College
Dana Auditorium
October 27
 Chandler Center for the Arts
October 27
Brandon Music
October 27
Fleming Museum of Art
October 27
Fuller Hall
St. Johnsbury Academy
October 26
St. Johnsbury
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
October 27
St. Augustine Church
St. Paul's Cathedral
November 3 and 4
Montpelier, Burlington
Featured Story
Twice the Success
Photo by Hubert Schriebl.
The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has operated in Windsor County for over eight decades. An agreement with the Actors Equity Association consistently brings high-quality productions to a venue in a village with a population less than 600. Actors Lloyd Bridges and Christopher Lloyd, designer John Lee Beatty, and composer Adam Guettel are among many of the country's finest stage artists who have nurtured their careers at the historic Weston Playhouse.

Last fall, an additional year-round studio theater opened nearby. The Second Stage at Walker Farm complements the company's summer programming and allows the company to remain a national incubator for the arts and to expand their programming. The first year was an unqualified success. Read more in this week's featured story: Second Stage Brings Second Act.
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

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

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.