Arts News for April 18, 2018   
Gregory Sharrow (top), Peter Kriff
Saying Goodbye to Two Arts Leaders
We are mourning the recent loss of two outstanding members of the Vermont arts community. Gregory Sharrow, who worked at the Vermont Folklife Center, was a passionate advocate for sharing the voices of all Vermonters. Peter Kriff served on the Council's board of trustees.
Michele Bailey, senior programs manager at the Arts Council, worked closely with Greg and was also a longtime friend. "His dedication to inclusion, diversity, and tolerance was an inspiration to many," she said. "By telling Vermonters' stories, Greg created empathy and understanding between and among different cultures and people."  
Bob Stannard, chair of the Council's board, noted that Peter "served Vermont and the arts with grace, dignity, and passion.  He was not only a strong advocate for the arts but also for accessibility. Arts Council board members deeply appreciated Peter's wisdom, passion, and kind and gentle spirit. He was a fighter and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His passing is a loss for Vermont."

Grants Season is in Full Swing

The Council is now accepting applications from Vermont artists for Creation Grants, which support the creation of new work and can fund time, materials, or space rental. Arts Impact Grants, which support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in providing equal and abundant access to the arts, will open on May 1.

The Art in State Buildings program closes its application period on April 24 and the Cultural Facilities program follows, closing on May 1. Get those applications completed - or started, depending which grant you're going for!
Detail from "Subirdia" by Hannah Morris .
Save the Date! Annual Meeting is May 4
All are invited to attend the Arts Council's annual meeting on Friday, May 4. The gathering will be in the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State St., at 3:30 p.m. New trustees will be elected and Executive Director Karen Mittelman will give a report on the state of the arts. 

May 4 is also Montpelier Alive's next Art Walk. Following the annual meeting, come to a reception in the Spotlight Gallery for "Artists to Watch Part II," at 136 State St. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Join us!

Deadline Extended: Disability Awareness Training

There's still time to register for the Council's Disability Awareness Training in  Johnson on April 19. The session will be repeated in Brattleboro on April 25. This workshop is part of the Council's Agile Nonprofit program, which offers professional development for staff, directors, and board members. Please sign up by April 17.

Other upcoming Agile Nonprofit events include: 
Communication is Key in Middlebury on May 8
Sensory-Friendly workshop and performance in Burlington on May 9
After-party in Burlington on May 9 (follows Sensory-Friendly program; anyone who has attended events in the inclusion series is welcome).

Arts Briefs
CERF+ recently announced the release of a free, downloadable guide to estate planning for artists. "Crafting Your Legacy" can be used as a supplement to other guides or to help artists begin the legacy planning process.
  Download your copy.
Catamount Arts and The School of Creative and Performing Arts invite middle school, high school, and college students to participate in a 48-hour filmmaking competition. The team registration deadline is April 14.
  Register now
VSA Vermont's Northeast Region Teaching Artist Training Series continues with "Social Emotional Learning for Teaching Artists, Part II" on Monday, April 16, in Greensboro.
   Get the details.
Read a  recent story about the series.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

April 13

Main Street Landing
April 13 to 15
Christine Price Gallery
April 20
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
April 21
Henry Sheldon Museum
April 13
Chandler Center for the Arts
April 13
Highland Lodge
April 14
Brandon Music
April 14
Elley-Long Music Center 
April 15
 Lost Nation Theater
April 19 to May 6
Craftsbury Town Hall
April 28
Amy E. Tarrant Gallery
April 15
 Brattleboro Music Center and Vermont Jazz Center
April 13 to 15
Wilburton Inn
April 14
Elley-Long Music Center
April 14
Featured Story
It Happened in Hardwick

A small nonprofit in the Northeast Kingdom recently entered its fourth decade. The organization had a change in leadership. An artist who recently returned to Vermont stepped in as director.

These are common circumstances in Vermont, and all across rural America: baby boomers are stepping out. Young people are migrating. Some leave for good, some return. You can read one account in this week's featured story:
 " Moving Forward with Grace."

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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