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Arts News for January 3, 2019    
When Students Thrive
Empower, by Simran.
Twenty-three Burlington High School (BHS) students have just completed the first-ever City & Lake Semester. The program, supported by a Vermont Arts Council Arts Impact Grant, is a partnership between Shelburne Farms and BHS. In an extended, immersive, and integrated exploration of community and citizenship, artist in residence Mary Lacy led an in-depth project surveying and creating socially engaged art.
At a culminating evening event called THRIVE!, the high schoolers highlighted art as an essential mode of public discourse, meaning-making, citizenship, and community-building. The empowerment of these young citizens was as striking as their work.
Learn more in Thriving in Community, this week's featured story.
Shining a Light on Vermont's Creatives
Next week, the Council will launch a new ArtMail feature called I Am A Vermont Artist. This series will explore how artists' creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age. Covering all artistic disciplines--from dance to cartooning--and a range of backgrounds from New Americans to the state's first residents, we hope to amplify voices that deepen our understanding of what it means to be a Vermont artist.
The first profile will focus on the Burlington-based band A2VT. Representing Somalia, Tanzania, and Burundi, the members of the group synthesize their native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and Hip Hop sensibilities. Watch your inbox next week for more! 
Is there an artist you would like to recommend for this new feature? Let us know
More Artists to Watch
Top: The Granny Bridges, by Rhonda Ratray. Bottom: Jeremy, by Andrew Frost.
For a second year, the Council is collaborating with the Vermont Art Guide to present Artists to Watch 2019. This group show includes works by ten artists recommended by guest curators. The exhibit opens in the Spotlight Gallery on January 7. 
Through this exhibit--and many other outreach efforts--Vermont Art Guide's Ric Kasini Kadour aims to reframe how artists are seen by society and to promote engagement with visual art. "For art to work its magic in our communities, it needs to be seen and it needs to be engaged."
The artists are: Sarah Amos (Enosburg Falls), Clark Derbes (Charlotte), Hasso Ewing (Calais), Andrew Frost (Burlington), Sally Gil (Brooklyn, NY), Sean Hunter Williams (Montpelier), Elizabeth Nagle (East Dorset), Andrew Orr (Richford), Rhonda Ratray (North Bennington), and Jackson Tupper (Burlington).
Join us for an artist's reception on January 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. 
Arts Briefs
Big Heavy World received a $3,000 Vermont Community Foundation Spark! Grant to support Band House, an after school drop-in program for high school students.
 Learn more.
The Dorset Players will hold auditions for Oklahoma! on January 15 and 16. Principal and chorus roles are available.
 Get the details.
Vermont high school students are invited to apply for the Governor's Institutes Winter Weekend Masterclasses in music, theater, and visual arts. The deadline is January 15.
 Find out how to apply.
Upcoming Events
multiple venues
January 4,5,6
multiple locations
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
January 12 to February 24
Vermont Supreme Court Gallery
through March 28
Phoenix Books
January 5
Darkroom Gallery
January 5
Essex Junction
Masonic Hall
January 5
Festival Gallery at Valley Arts
January 5 to March 2
Edited by Aimee Liu_ Kenny Fries_ and Nicola Morris
Bear Pond Books
January 8
T.W. Wood Art Gallery
January 8 to March 1
 Taraden Media Barn
January 5 to February 23
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre
January 9
Grange Theatre
January 10 to 13
South Pomfret
 multiple venues
January 11,12,13
multiple locations
Barre Opera House
January 12
Brandon Music
January 12
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

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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