Arts News for February 6, 2020 
FY2021 Grant Rounds Open, Workshops Available

Several Arts Council FY2021 grants--for activities beginning September 1, 2020--are now open for application. Artists can apply for Creation and Artist Development Grants (one more round for FY2020); organizations can apply for Arts Impact, Arts Partnership, and Cultural Facilities.  
Anyone interested in applying to any program should attend a workshop, held in February and March. New this year: an online option will be available.  
Coming Soon!
The Council will be offering a special funding opportunity for communities poised to integrate works of public art into upcoming infrastructure projects. Guidelines and application form available February 11.
Arts Funded in Every State, Six Organizations in Vermont
Todd Bates photo, courtesy NEA.
Six of our state's cultural organizations were recognized for their work through Arts Works G rants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Local funding went to:
  • Kingdom County Productions, Barnet ($15,000)
  • Marble House Project, Dorset ($10,000),
  • Vermont Studio Center in Johnson ($10,000)
  • Middlebury College in Middlebury ($10,000)
  • Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Theater Research, Putney ($15,000)
  • Governor's Institutes on the Arts, South Burlington ($20,000).
Federal support for the arts strengthens communities across our state. We are proud to partner with the NEA to ensure that all Vermonters have access to the arts and creativity in their lives.
Challenge America Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts offer $10,000 awards to organizations that can extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. The application is open.
A Little Theater Gains Big Recognition
LNT's production of Cabaret   was named best musical. Photo by Robert Eddy.
Let's give a shout-out to Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier. They are the recent recipient of five (yes, five!) Broadway World Regional Awards. Among many honors, Lost Nation was named Theater of the Year.
The organization was nominated in all seven professional theater categories, and took the honors in five. The decision was made by judges and public voting.  
Congratulations LNT. You've made us proud!
2020 Vermont Artists to Watch in Spotlight Gallery
Ric Kasini Kadour has curated a new exhibition in conjunction with Vermont Arts Guide #11. Echoing previous Artists to Watch shows, he contacted ten arts professionals in Vermont and posed this question: "Which artists are creating contemporary art that commands attention?"
In vivid response, works by J Blackwell,  Mark Collier, Trevor Corp, Brian Fekete, Patty Hudak, Susan Larkin, Kathryn Lipke, Misoo, Steve Sharon, and Kathy Stark hang in the Council's Spotlight Gallery through March 27, 2020.  
NOTE: Due to weather, the Gallery will not be open for Art Walk December 7.
Arts Briefs
Applications for the summer
Governors Institute for the Arts are open now. Students join a community of other teen artists for two weeks of art immersion at Castleton University.
Sandglass Theater's Summer Intensive is for puppeteers, teachers, actors, directors, designers and writers who want to expand and deepen their skill and understanding in the art of the puppet.
Nominations for the Vermont Arts Awards 2020 are open now. Artistic achievement and outstanding efforts in arts education and advocacy are celebrated annually.
Upcoming Events
Burnham Hall
February 8
Studio Place Arts
February 8
Catamount Arts
February 8
St. Johnsbury
The Garage Cultural Center
through March 14
Beyond Gallery
through March 29
Next Stage Arts
February 9
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Tour at Highland Center for the Arts
February 8
Thiers was a love that destroyed_ MGM...Lana Turner_ John Garfield
Oldcastle Theatre's Film Noir Weekend
February 8 and 9
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Tour at Fairlee Community Arts
February 8-9
 Vermont Jazz Center
February 15
Dorset Playhouse
February 14-16
A glass blowing competition for everyone
Bern Gallery
February 15
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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