Arts News for July 2021
Welcome New Board Officers!
The Vermont Arts Council Board welcomes newly appointed chair Rebecca McMeekin (Braintree) and vice-chair Greg Paus (Hyde Park), as well as new trustee Mark Foley (Rutland). We bid a fond farewell to four board members who ended their terms: Jo Sabel Courtney, Reeve Lindbergh, Nicole Nelson, and Ed Strainchamps. We are grateful for your service! Learn more.
Fill Your Summer with Stages in the Sun
Keep up to date on all music, live events, and arts happenings at parks, pavilions, vineyards and other outdoor Vermont venues through the new Stages in the Sun event calendar, a joint project of the Arts Council, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association. If you're an event organizer, there's still time to add your event! Learn more.
Arts Council Debuts Vermont Made Podcast
We're sharing the fruits of local talent from the Green Mountain State in our new podcast Vermont Made debuting September 1. Each episode features one artist, craftsperson, designer, specialty food producer, or other Vermont creative who will share the story behind one thing they've made. Produced by the Vermont Arts Council and hosted by Desmond Peeples. Learn more.
Vermont Creative Network News
Cross-Sector Collaborations Call for Creatives
The CreateVT Action Plan identifies cross sector collaborations as a key strategy for a thriving, creative Vermont. Here’s a great example of a collaboration between the arts and outdoor recreation: the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village has issued a call for teaching artists to help animate the museum’s Alexander Twilight Educational Trail. Learn more.
RFP for Advocacy Services
The Vermont Creative Network seeks proposals from firms to provide advocacy services to advance the strategic priorities of the CreateVT Action Plan for the upcoming 2021-2022 legislative session. Deadline for proposals: August 6, 2021. Learn more.
Council Grant Opportunities
For Organizations
The Vermont Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grant Program is a partnership between Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council to provide support to arts and humanities organizations facing financial hardship due to the pandemic. Organizations can also apply for the NEA's American Rescue Plan Grants.
Deadline: September 14, 2021
For Artists
The Art in State Buildings Program is accepting applications from Vermont artists for two new public art commissions, one for the John Zampieri State Office Building in Burlington and one for a new recovery residence at the Department of Mental Health in Essex.
Deadline: August 30, 2021
For Artists
Artist Development Grants help artists at all stages in their careers pursue professional development, master new skills, improve their businesses, and more.
Deadline: September 8, 2021
For Teaching Artists
Artists in Schools Grants fund artist residencies in schools for up to ten days. To see if you would be a good fit for this grant, check out this list of recent grantees.
Application Opens: August 12, 2021
Art in the Time of Covid Features
The Art in the Time of Covid series features creative professionals' responses to the pandemic. Read more of these features here. If you have a story to share, please email Content Manager Desmond Peeples at
River Arts
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, River Arts is based in Morrisville and focused on enriching the community through the arts. Its core value is “Arts for Everyone,” but the isolation and impact of Covid shutdowns on those of different races, gender expressions, and financial means revealed ways that inclusivity could be expanded. Read more here.
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
MNFF takes pride in its sole focus: promoting the work of first- and second-time filmmakers. Its 6th annual Festival had to move online in August 2020, but MNFF remained steadfastly dedicated to its mission of promoting new filmmakers’ work and were able to successfully showcase over 60 films. Read more here.
Arts Briefs
The ACCD's Vermont Economic Recovery Bridge Grant has expanded its eligibility to businesses that have received prior state or federal aid.
The Flynn in Burlington is set to reopen on Saturday, Oct. 23 with an evening of celebration. Find out more here.
The National Endowment for the Arts has released the "Tech as Art" report exploring how artists use digital technology in the practices.
New Arts Experiences
Studio Place Arts
May 20-August 31
Fairlee Community Arts
Fairlee Commons
August 3
Vermont Shakespeare Festival
August 20-August 21
Recent Classifieds
Posted: May 12, 2021
Categories: Job Postings
End Date: August 6, 2021

Posted: June 2, 2021
Category: Calls to Artists
End Date: August 20, 2021

Posted: June 9, 2021
Category: Calls to Artists
End Date: August 31, 2021
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.
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