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Arts News for September 13, 2018   
Honoring Arts Excellence
Governor Phil Scott (right) with Jerry Williams (left) and Chris Miller at the Vermont Granite Museum.
Standing amidst wood chips and granite dust, Governor Phil Scott announced the recipients of the 2018 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Vermont Granite Museum in Barre served as the perfect backdrop as the assembled crowd learned that sculptors Chris Miller and Jerry Williams would receive the award, the highest honor presented to an artist by the state of Vermont.
Sculptors Miller and Williams are known regionally and nationally, and are continuing Vermont's longstanding tradition of exceptional stone craftsmanship recognized around the world. Earlier this year, they were selected to create the new sculpture that will rise above the golden dome of the State House.
The Vermont Arts Council also announced that
Alison Bechdel will receive the Walter Cerf
Top: Chris Miller and Jerry Williams. Middle: Alison Bechdel and Judith Chalmer. Bottom: Allison Coyne Carroll and John Willis.
Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, John Willis will receive the Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education, Allison Coyne Carroll will receive the Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy, and Judith Chalmer will receive the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts.
Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of these six outstanding Vermonters at a reception and ceremony at the Vermont State House. The event will be held Wednesday, November 14, at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. More information will be available October 1.
Opening Reception: Macaulay in Montpelier
 Illustration from Baaa (1985)
Take a journey through 20 years of sketches and drawings by internationally known - and loved - writer and illustrator David Macaulay. From The Way Things Work to Mosque, Macaulay has captivated the imaginations of adults and children alike with his intricate and whimsical works.
Friday, September 14
5 to 7 p.m.
Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street, Montpelier  
Preview the exhibit in this week's featured story, Macaulay in Montpelier Explained.  
Creation Grant Awards
From top: Laurel Jenkins, Brian Michael Murphy, Dana Robinson, Patty Hudak.
Ten Vermont artists will have a bit more time, space, and flexibility to produce their work. They are recipients of FY2019 Creation Grants. This highly competitive program garnered more than 170 applications for just ten awards - demonstrating that the arts are alive and well in Vermont. Congratulations to these talented artists. We look forward to seeing the results of their creative endeavors.

Miciah Gault, Montpelier
for the creation of a novel entitled Nobody in Love
Patty Hudak, Underhill
for the creation of a seven-panel installation responding to the natural environment in Vermont  
Laurel Jenkins, Middlebury
for the creation of Beacon Fire, a dance collaboration  
Evie Lovett, Putney
for the creation of a permanent kinetic sculpture
Brian David Mooney, Brattleboro
for the creation of a novel about a young girl and her brother who is fighting overseas  
Brian Michael Murphy, Bennington
for the creation of a poetry manuscript entitled Plaster of Paris
Erik Nielsen, Brookfield
for the creation of music to be performed live at the screening of a classic silent film
Angela Palm, Burlington
for the creation of a collection of essays examining American malaise
Elizabeth Powell, Underhill
for the creation of a book of poems entitled Forcefield
Dana Robinson, Cabot   
for the creation of a CD entitled The Town That Music Saved
All Aboard The Waterbury Special
In the past, when entering Waterbury from the north, you might not have noticed the rusty old train trestle looming over the street. On September 22, the town of Waterbury will end the bridge's life of anonymity with the dedication of a new work of public art. The Waterbury Special is a 56' low-relief aluminum sculpture created by Randolph artist Phillip Godenschwager.
Funded, in part, by a Vermont Arts Council Animating Infrastructure Grant, the sculpture depicts historic buildings in the town of Waterbury as train cars. The Waterbury Special will be celebrated at a public ceremony on September 22, 7:30 p.m., in the Maxi's Restaurant parking lot.
Arts Briefs
Making it Happen is a leadership summit for community organizers and leaders working to improve the economies and quality of life in their communities. October 1.
 Find out how to register.
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland seeks an Administrative Assistant to facilitate day-to-day and long-term operations.
 More information.
Senator Patrick Leahy serves on the committee that will negotiate funding of the NEA. Take two minutes to contact our senator to thank him for his support of a $155 million budget for the NEA in FY2019.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events
Old West Church
September 16
The Grange Theatre at ArtisTree
September 13 to 29
South Pomfret
Big Heavy World
September 14
Helen Day Art Center
September 21 to
November 3
Northern Stage
Barrette Center for the Arts
September 19 to October 21
White River Junction
Bear Pond Books
September 17
Barre Opera House
September 15
Vermont Jazz Center
September 15
Ballet Wolcott Studios
Septemeber 22
 Gallery at River Arts
through October 28
Middlebury College
Dana Auditorium
September 15
Burlington City Arts
through October 7
Rokeby Museum
through October 28
Vermont College of Fine Arts
September 22
Lost Nation Theater
through September 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, 2018

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.