Dear Friend of the Arts,
We are delighted to share these highlights of the 2019 fiscal year with you. Hundreds of donations, large and small, have made it possible for the Vermont Arts Council to support extraordinary dance and theater performances, craft workshops, concerts, gallery exhibitions, school programs, poetry readings, and more in all fourteen Vermont counties.
Here are some of the accomplishments we are most proud of:
- Thirty-three outstanding Vermont artists received support to imagine new works, or to advance their careers.
- Thirteen theaters, town halls, and historic buildings made critical upgrades to safety and accessibility, making the arts more accessible to all.
- Twenty-six schools and forty-seven Head Start classrooms were enriched through arts-integrated learning;
- More than 64 percent of Arts Council-supported school programs benefited children from Vermont’s most vulnerable families;
- Our new online interview series, I Am a Vermont Artist, shines a light on the diversity of artistic voices and perspectives across our state;
- We released a strategic action plan for the creative economy of the Northeast Kingdom, and began ambitious statewide research, and
- We launched Vermont’s first emergency preparedness network for arts and cultural heritage organizations—one of only ten across the U.S.
We are grateful for the dedication of the Arts Council staff and board, and for the vital support of the state of Vermont, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our many creative partners. Thank you for being part of the Vermont Arts Council community, and for sharing our vision of a Vermont where everyone has abundant access to the arts and creativity.
Wishing you an inspiring year in 2020,