Arts News for May 10, 2018   
Council Welcomes New Trustees

Residents of Hartland, Manchester, and South Burlington have joined the Council board of trustees. Sabrina Brown, Greg Cutler, and Major Jackson were confirmed at the May 4 annual meeting. Each will contribute a wealth of skills and experience, as well as a passion for the arts, to their work on the board.

Jo Sabel Courtney, Reeve Lindbergh, Nicole Nelson, Gail Nunziata, and Edmond Strainchamps were elected to second terms. Gail Nunziata was appointed chair, replacing Bob Stannard, whom we thank for his leadership of the Council for the past two years.

Congratulations to these new trustees and thanks to all board members for their dedication and service to the arts in Vermont.

Sabrina Brown, Greg Cutler, Major Jackson
It's Time to Breathe in the Sculpture Garden

Temperatures are climbing. Green shoots are appearing. Trees are beginning to bud. The exhibit in the Council's Sculpture Garden is awakening, too . The team of artists and dancers that has collaborated on "SiteTime: Cordwood" will gather on Friday, May 11 for "Breathing," the next stage in the evolving two-year public art project.

During the performance, the four-cord Slump Pile will be deconstructed, then reconstructed in a different form. Curator Michael Zebrowski explained, " The labor required for moving the wood will be executed during the two-hour event to reference the rhythmic breathing cycle in general and reference the awakening of the trees from dormancy over the winter."

Friday, May 11, 5 to 7 p.m. 
Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden
136 State Street
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BridgeUP: The Heartbeat of Northern Stage Expands

In 2016, 73 students participated in
an intensive month-long residency launched by Northern Stage in White River Junction. The program brought professional artists into area schools to help students experience the power of acting and performing the words of William Shakespeare.

Just two years later, the program - now called BridgeUP: Theater in the Schools -  is bringing 16 teaching artists into 8 area schools and is serving nearly 300 students. Outreach is focused on school districts where the arts are needed most.

The program is "the heartbeat of Northern Stage," according to Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne. "We have literally watched students find gifts they did not know they have."

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From Arts Ed to Number Crunching

Dianne Levasseur seems to flow easily between using the right brain and the left. She has master's degrees in both art education and business and has worked in both fields. As the Council's new finance assistant, she's focusing on her analytical skills -  though we might try to talk her into teaching Friday afternoon painting classes.

Please join us in welcoming Dianne to the Council!

Learn more about Dianne
Arts Briefs
The National Endowment for the Arts announced its spring grant round. Six organizations and the Vermont Arts Council will receive grants totaling $892,200.
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NEFA is accepting submissions from Vermont groups or organizations interested in hosting the 2019 Creative Communities Exchange (CCX)
  Find out how to apply
The T.W. Wood Gallery invites artists and community members to submit work for its annual juried summer art exhibit. The deadline is May 28th.
   More information.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Vermont Jazz Center
May 12
Mahaney Center for the Arts
May 11 and 12
Brandon Music
May 12
Plainfield Town Hall
May 13
Towle Hill Studio
May 12 and 13
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
May 12 to June 24

Bear Pond Books
May 15
Axel's Gallery and Frame Shop
May 16
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
May 17
South Pomfret
Chandler Center for the Arts
May 18
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
May 18 to June 9
South Pomfret
multiple venues
May 18, 19, 20
Northfield, Montpelier, Warren
 Moretown United Methodist Church
May 18

Spotlight Gallery
through June 29

Brandon Music
May 19
Featured Story
Raise a Glass to Vermont Arts
May in Vermont means glorious sunshine, greening hillsides, and a collective yearning to just get out there. From the NEK to Brattleboro, art galleries are opening their doors to the heady spring breezes while breweries are setting up cornhole on the lawn. It's the perfect time to embark on an arts and craft beer tour, and the Council has some suggestions. Find them in this week's featured story, " Drink in the Arts."

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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