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Arts News for July 19, 2018   
Amphibious Art in a Public Place
Digital rendering of the proposed sculpture by Jim Sardonis.
A little green frog inspired the sculptor who produced the winning proposal for an Art in State Buildings Project. Jim Sardonis was selected by a panel to produce a work of art for the Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Lab (VAEL) in Randolph Center.
The proposal depicts the head of a frog peeking out of the water. According to the artist, "Frogs have smooth, moist skin that is permeable to substances in the water ... The fact that only the head of the frog is showing emphasizes the idea that, like the rest of his body, other more dangerous things may be hidden below the surface. My concept highlights one of the most important functions of the VAEL, which is to test waterways for dangerous pollutants."
Jim's design was one of four finalist concepts presented for the project. He will work with a local committee to further develop and refine the concept. The work is expected to be installed in 2019.
Nine Writers Vie for Vermont Book Award
A bear, a food writer, and the Grand Canyon all play a part in the nominated works for the 2018 Vermont Book Award. There is also a young adult novel about "Changing the World One Girl at a Time." 
Representing four genres - children's literature, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry - the nine finalists were selected by eight judges from nearly 50 nominations. The finalists are: Katherine Arden (fiction), Martin Philip (creative nonfiction); Adam Federman (creative nonfiction), Jason Chin (children's literature, picture book), Tanya Lee Stone (children's literature, young adult), April Ossmann (poetry), and Greg Delanty (poetry). 
The winner of the 2018 prize will be announced at the fourth annual Vermont Book Award Gala, September 22, at Vermont College of Fine Arts' Alumni Hall.
Learn more.
Rokeby Exhibit Explores Threads of Our History
 "Age Ain't What it Used to Be," quilt by Dindga McCannon 
"The Fabric of Emancipation" brings together lace and quilts, costumes and wall hangings - all expressing what it means to be of African descent in the Americas. Eight preeminent fiber artists from around the country are represented in this show on loan from Harlem Needle Arts.  
Curator Michelle Bishop suggests that the exhibit is a "call to raise awareness that, while fractures exist within the identity of Africans in the Americas, the culture as a whole stands on centuries of significant contributions to history."
The show runs through October 28 at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.  
Arts Briefs
The Clemmons Family Farm welcomes proposals for workshops and events that build community through African American and/or African diaspora culinary, visual, performing, and cultural arts.
 Get the details.
Taryn Noelle, recipient of the 2017 Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award for Arts Education, teams up with Rick and the Ramblers on the new release "Taryn Noelle Swings."
  Read the review in Seven Days.
The New England Foundation for the Arts seeks proposals from consultants to engage in the first phase of a planning process that will enable the growth of its CreativeGround digital platform.
 Read the RFP.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events
History Center Back Lawn
July 20
Chandler Center for the Arts
July 20 and 28
The Clemmons Family Farm
July 21
Weston Playhouse
through August 4
Helen Day Art Center
July 21
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
July 21
Enosburg Falls
Brandon Music
July 21
Capitol Grounds
through July 31
Highland Center for the Arts
July 20
 Highland Lodge
July 22
Schoolhouse (tour start)
July 21 and 22
South Newfane and surrounding areas
Star Mountain Amphitheater
July 21
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez
 Oldcastle Theatre Company
through July 22
River Arts
through September 2
A Midsummer Night_s Dream_ Friday July 20_ 7 pm_ Main Street Arts_ your community arts center
Main Street Arts
July 20
Saxton's River
Featured Story
Blues, Brunch, and Ballet
Greensboro lies north of Hardwick and east of Eden in Orleans County. In 2016, the town's population was 721. If you turn on to Hardwick Street across from the ball field, you'll find the Highland Center for the Arts. The Center is building community in the Northeast Kingdom, drawing locals and tourists to classes, concerts, film screenings, and their locavore cafe. Executive Director Annie Houston took a few minutes out of running this gorgeous, state-of-the-art, and accessibility-minded facility to tell us all about it.

Read more in this week's featured story "Centered in Greensboro."
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

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.