Arts News for August 30, 2018   
Macaulay in Montpelier

Top: "The Way Things Work"
Bottom: "Baaa"
David Macaulay is a best-selling author, MacArthur "genius" Fellow, Caldecott Medal winner, and the list goes on. But when asked what he does, Macaulay is likely to say that he is simply an "explainer." And explain he does! From a mosque, to an LCD screen, Macaulay's beautifully executed drawings offer insights into how things work and how stuff is built - all with a whimsical approach and understated sense of humor.

Sketches and illustrations from eight of Macaulay's books will be exhibited in the Spotlight Gallery starting September 14. According to the artist, the drawings "represent a tiny sliver of the vast amount of flotsam left in the wake of each book."

Join us Friday, September 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. for an opening reception with the artist. Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, 136 State Street, Montpelier.

#VTArts in Every Town

Sculpture by Bridgette Mongeon at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.
Did you know that Vermont has 251 towns? There's even a club for folks who have visited them all. But is there art in every town?

The staff of the Vermont Arts Council plans to find out. Over the next year, we have committed to visiting all 251 towns to look for their creative souls. One may have a bustling community arts center at its core; another may feature a performing arts venue, or a sculpture studio. If the arts exist, we will uncover them!

You can help! If you know of an arts gem in your town - or any Vermont town - take a photo and post it on social media with the hashtag #VTArts251. We'll even email you a sign to include in your picture. Don't forget to mention the name of the town and acknowledge the art creator. We'll share your photos on social media and include them in ArtMail. Questions?

Start snapping!
The New Ceres is on Her Way
If you're in downtown Montpelier, you can't miss the elaborate scaffolding surrounding the State House dome. If it seems like somthing's missing, that's because the statue of our beloved Ceres, goddess of agriculture, is gone. Carved of wood 80 years ago, the sculpture became so rotted it had to be removed.
Don't despair! A new Ceres is in the works. Artists Chris Miller and Jerry Williams are creating a sculpture that should be in place before the end of the year - and you can watch her take shape. The Vermont Granite Museum in Barre set up a studio where the public can observe Miller carve the goddess based on a model by Williams.   
Join Governor Phil Scott and the artists at a special celebration to welcome the new Ceres as she emerges from a block of Honduran mahogany. The event will be held Thursday, September 6, 12:30 p.m. at the Vermont Granite Museum. 
Animating Infrastructure Grant Seeker Workshops

"Interpretive Tree I," by Gordon Auchincloss, is part of an Animating Infrastructure project in Morrisville. Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Council's Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. The goal is to help communities improve livability, walkability, or vibrancy by creating infrastructure projects where function and art are one and the same.

Organizations considering making an application are encouraged to attend a Grant Seeker Workshop.
Sessions will be held throughout the state from late September to late October. Participants will learn about the application process and have the opportunity to brainstorm sample project ideas.
Arts Briefs
National and Vermont journalists will explore the state of journalism in today's America during this one day symposium at the Vermont State House.
   Get the details.
The Vermont Art Teachers Association 2018 Conference will be held September 28 at the Lake Morey Resort with keynote speaker Ken Leslie.
  Register now.
Main Street Arts seeks storytellers and singer/song writers to present in A Night of True Stories, a Moth Radio Hour-style event, Saturday October 6.
  Learn more.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Suicide Six Ski Area
August 31
South Pomfret
Brandon Artists Guild
August 31 to November 5
GreenTARA Space
August 31 to October 8
North Hero

Earth Sky Time Farm
September 2
Brandon Music
September 1
multiple downtown venues
September 2
T.W. Wood Gallery
September 7
First Unitarian Universalist Society
September 5
Kent Museum
September 7 to October 7
 Meeting House on the Green
September 8
East Fairfield
The Organ Barn
September 2
Oldcastle Theatre Company
August 31 to September 9
 Weston Playhouse
through September 2
Northern Daughters Annex
September 7
The Bundy Modern
September 8 to October 21
Featured Story
Mapping Out Advocacy

Students at Barnard Academy.
Arts in schools take more than their share of time visiting the budgetary chopping block. If passion kept the arts in education, students would be acting, singing, and dancing all day. But, there's more to it than that.

We got some tips from Tony Pietricola - a seasoned arts educator and advocate. Read about those in " Embracing Advocacy." You'll be able to map out a plan of your own.

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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