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Arts News for May 23, 2019    
Montpelier Hosts CCX and ArtsFest
 
Downtown Montpelier will be hopping on June 5 and 6 as Vermont welcomes the Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) bi-annual conference to the capital city. More than three hundred people from all over New England will gather to share ideas and discover new ways to enliven their towns. The conference is sold out, but you can join the wait list.
 
During the conference, Montpelier Alive is pulling out all the stops to showcase Vermont's creative assets. A two-day celebration--ArtsFest--is free and open to all. Events include an evening party on Langdon street, a pop-up art show in the new Garage Cultural Center, and a special Thursday evening Art Walk. Find out more about ArtsFest.
 
Be sure to stop by Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery during the June 6 Art Walk. The gallery will be open until 9 p.m. and features Almost Forgotten, paintings and works on paper by Kate Burnim and Daryl Burtnett.
Open Studio Weekend
 
 
It's a rare treat to be invited into an artist's studio. This place of creative production and inspiration reflects the dynamic and intimate process that is used to produce a work of art. 
 
This weekend, there's no need to wait for an invitation! More than one hundred and fifty studios representing two hundred and twenty artists will open their doors during the 2019 Spring Open Studio Weekend on May 25 and 26. Whether your interest is folk art, painting, pottery, or wood carving, there's a studio for you on a downtown street or at the end of a dirt road.  
 
A Thoughtful Invitation
 
The dance company Kinetic Light will perform DESCENT on the Flynn MainStage during the upcoming season. (Photo by Jay Newman). 
 
Vermont arts organizations have worked consistently for years to increase access to the arts. Great work has been done; there is always more to do. Progress is all that can be asked.

Burlington's Flynn Center for the Arts has some new programs and services. The current and former directors talk about the ongoing work of the organization; they get to both the why and how of inclusion. Read more in A Thoughtful Invitation, this week's featured story.
In Memorium: Malcolm Ewen
 
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announced that  Founding Director Malcolm Ewen passed away after a long battle with cancer. A message from the theater staff stated "Malcolm's love for this theater, its artistry, and its community, are the cornerstone of Weston's work today. His joy and abounding love for the family he created in Weston were infectious. We are profoundly fortunate to have known, loved, and learned from him. Malcolm's joyful spirit is forever woven into the fabric of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company."

Weston will be dedicating its eighty-third season to Malcolm and honoring him with a celebration of his life later this summer.
 
Our thoughts are with Malcolm's family, friends, and the Weston Playhouse Theatre community.  
 
Grant Deadlines Approaching!
 
Vermont Jazz Center received an FY2019 Arts Impact Grant to support its Emerging Artist Festival.
The deadline for Creation and Arts Impact Grant applications is June 3. 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.  
 
Arts Impact Grants support projects that add vibrancy to communities by providing equal and abundant access to the arts, and by breaking down barriers to participation.   
 
If you are thinking about applying, our staff is here to help with questions and assistance.
 
 
Arts Briefs
The South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA) in Burlington announced that Christy Mitchell has assumed the role of executive director.
Learn more.
Ten Vermont organizations (including the Opera Company of Middlebury, shown above) will receive grants totaling $724,300 through the Art Works program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Read the press release.
JAG Productions Founder and Producing Artistic Director Jarvis Green will be honored at Vital Communities' Heroes & Leaders Celebration on May 30 at Dartmouth College.
Upcoming Events
North End Studios
May 24
Burlington
Studio Place Arts
through June 29
Barre
Unitarian Church
May 25 and 26
Montpelier
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED!)
Lost Nation Theater
May 30 to June 16
Montpelier
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
May 25 and 26
West Rutland
Flynn Center
May 25
Burlington
Town Hall Theatre
May 24
Woodstock
Brattleboro Music Center
June 1 and 2
Brattleboro
Burlington City Arts
May 25
Burlington
ORGAN CONCERT AND CHAMBER SINGERS
 The Organ Barn
May 26
Guilford
Brandon Music
May 25
Brandon
The Bundy Modern
May 25 to October 13
Waitsfield
Phoenix Books
May 30
Burlington
Clemmons Family Farm Historic Barn
June 1
Charlotte
 
SHEILA JORDAN: CELEBRATING HER 90TH YEAR
Vermont Jazz Center
June 1
Brattleboro
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

May 23, 2019 ArtsFest in Montpelier a part of Creative Communities Exchange | open studio weekend | inclusion at Flynn: A Thoughtful Invitation | in memoriam: Malcolm Ewen | Creation and Arts Impact Grant deadlines approaching | Christy Mitchell to head South End Arts and Business Association | NEA announces Vermont grantees | Jarvis Green honored

May 16, 2019 Vermont artist Toby MacNutt

May 9, 2019 Aubrey Benoit photograph wins Congressional Arts Competition | inclusion at Circus Smirkus | Make Music Vermont call to artists | Vermont's appeal to writers and poets | Margaret Coleman appointed director of T.W. Wood Gallery | UNBOUND Vol IX call for entries | VSA Vermont's Inclusive Arts Education in Practice workshop

May 2, 2019 Vermont artist Bryan Blanchette

April 25, 2019 Almost Forgotten in Spotlight Gallery | Road to Recognition permanent installation | VSA Vermont's Inclusive Arts Education in Practice workshop | Green Mountain Youth Symphony auditions | Studio Place Arts open calls to artists | Art for Equity Educator Institute in August

April 18, 2019 Vermont artists Muslim Girls Making Change

April 11, 2019 PoemCity and PoemTown celebrations | Hail the Poets! is featured story | Dominique Gustin joins staff | grant seeker workshops available | Yellow Barn seeks general manager | Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announced Shouldice Family Prize | MakerSphere space available

April 4, 2019 Vermont artist Misoo

March 28, 2019 Poetry Out Loud 2019 State Champion Vera Escaja-Hess | Vermont poet laureate profile and nominations open | Arts Impact Grants round begins | benefit concert for Council and Latchis Arts | Creative Communities Fellowship Program applications open | Vermont Arts Endowment Fund support available | production manager sought for Flynn Center

March 21, 2019 Vermont artist LN Bethea

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 artists 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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