Featured Stories for July 2021
Graphic Medicine: An Interview with Dana Walrath
A piece of music, a story, or an image can be medicine. It doesn’t take a PhD to know this, but artist Dana Walrath’s long career as a medical anthropologist gives her a powerful language to describe how art can heal. She is quick to connect individual lives and actions to larger global systems, to histories that reach back not only generations, but millions of years to the roots of who we are as a species.

In the introduction to her award-winning graphic memoir, Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass (Penn State University Press, 2013), Walrath writes, “Healing involves creating shared social meaning…This social process depends on sharing stories with others, on letting our collective memories meet.” 

Aliceheimer’s tells the story of Walrath’s caregiving for her mother Alice, who had dementia. Using collage, illustration, and personal narrative, Walrath brings to the story of her mother’s illness what modern medical systems often fail to provide. She creates a new shared meaning for this experience, one through which she and readers can process grief in its full complexity, remain connected to loved ones, and redeem the idea of illness.

Art in the Time of Covid: Lauren Larken Scuderi
Discovering ways to stay connected has been a difficult task for many this past year, but Lauren Larken Scuderi and the Artner Project have strived to maintain connections through individual and collaborative creative endeavors, from musical bike rides to virtual school musicals.⁠
Read the latest installment of Art in the Time of Covid.
First Person: KeruBo at BCA's Summer Concert Series
"KeruBo was accompanied by a substantial band, featuring a keyboard, trumpet, guitar, bass, drum set, bongos, and an electronic recorder—an instrument I had never heard before. One of my favorite parts of the concert was watching each musicians’ solos; though KeruBo is the title singer of the band, it was clear how much she loves listening to her bandmates play and encouraged them to take the spotlight. The audience was able to participate, too, through the call-and-response style of many of KeruBo’s songs."

Read Niamh Carty's first person account of KeruBo at BCA's Summer Concert Series.
Creative Zone Profiles: Addison/Rutland | Meet Lisa Mitchell
Lisa has been the executive director of Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont since February 2020. A regional venue, Town Hall Theater hosts 165 events and shows per year, ranging from operas, plays, and educational programs for kids. The theater opens for private events such as weddings and workshops to serve the community. Lisa is involved with programming, communication with the board and has general oversight of the theater. Read Lisa's profile.

This Creative Zone profile was produced in spring 2020 by students in the University of Vermont's Department of Community Development and Applied Economics. Read more zone profiles on the Vermont Creative Network website.
Arts Briefs
On Thursday, June 17 we held an online artist talk with Pat Musick about her virtual Spotlight Gallery exhibit, Exploring Technology, on view at the Council website until August 31. View a recording of Pat's talk on YouTube.
The premiere performance of the new season of Words in the Woods has been rescheduled to July 14 at 7 p.m. Words in the Woods is a summer series of live and virtual literary readings outdoors, starting with a recorded reading by Shanta Lee Gander in Sweet Pond State Park in Guilford.
In a special webinar on July 14 from 3-4 p.m., NEA staff will provide information on the American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations specifically for Vermont organizations, and Council staff will provide information on our Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grants for organizations. Register for the webinar.
New Arts Experiences
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro
July 2
Vermont International Film Festival
Virtual
July 1 - Aug 1
Elley-Long Music Center
Colchester
July 7
Fairlee Town Common
Fairlee
July 13
Six locations
Mad River Valley
July 17
Highland Center for the Arts
Greensboro
July 21-25
Submit Passport Entries When You Explore These Summer Exhibitions
The statewide cultural conversation continues virtually or in-person as 50 Vermont museums & galleries reflect on how the year 2020 has changed our world forever, with a passport program and prizes to reward your exploration.

Find out more at VermontCuratorsGroup.org.
The Current
Stowe
In-person
Through Nov. 18
Stella Quarta Decima
Online
Through July 13
571 Projects
Stowe
In-person
Through July 30
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
Enosburg Falls
In-person
Through Oct. 11
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