Arts News for August 3, 2017  
Dancer, choreographer, and educator Christal Brown received an
FY2018 Creation Grant
Grant Awardees Announced

The Council will award $438,408 to support organizations and artists through Arts Impact, Arts Partnership, Creation, and Cultural Facilities Grants in FY2018. Panelists selected 71 grant recipients from 177 applications representing 12 counties across the state.

Funded projects are as varied as the state's creative sector. The Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Cultural Research in Putney will receive support for the Tenth Annual Puppets in the Green Mountains International Puppet Festival. Christal Brown of Middlebury will receive financial assistance in the creation of a dance collaboration around "What We Ask of Flesh." A new physically accessible ramp for the entrance of College Hall at the Vermont College of Fine Arts will be made possible through a Cultural Facilities Grant.

We congratulate all grantees and recognize the important work they do to strengthen arts and creativity in Vermont. Read more about FY2018 grant awards.

Additional funding through Arts Education Grants will be announced later in the year.
News From Outside the Box

Reprinted from Notes from Outside the Box, a monthly e-publication of the Vermont Creative Network.

The Vermont Creative Network had a remarkable first year. Since being established by the Vermont state legislature in May 2016, the Network has framed a working structure, convened for networking and training, and commissioned research meaningful to the creative sector. The Network's First Report looks back at past creative economy efforts, recaps the run-up to the current Network, revisits the year's activities, and looks ahead to the next term.

Consider the report required reading for the upcoming Vermont Creative Summit - November 8 and 9 in Montpelier. We'll explore key policy issues for Vermont's creative sector. Watch for details.

You can view the report online. If you'd like a hard copy (or a few to distribute), send us your mailing address.

If you would like to receive Notes From Outside The Box on a monthly basis, sign up here.
Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman signs the State Military and Veterans Arts Initiative.
Lt. Gov. Zuckerman Joins the State Military and Veterans Arts Initiative

Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman has joined a nationwide initiative to increase visibility, understanding, and support for the care of persons across the military continuum and the role the arts can play in their health and wellness. The program serves active duty and reserve service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers. Developed by the National Lieutenant Governors Association and Americans for the Arts, the program will make available a range of information resources, education programs, and visibility/engagement opportunities to assist Vermont in building arts programs and awareness of opportunities for military service members.

"The Vermont Arts Council fully supports this important collaboration," said Interim Executive Director Teri Bordenave. "It's simple: The arts improve lives. As we continue our work to ensure that everyone in Vermont has access to the arts, we applaud this like-minded effort of the National Lieutenant Governors Association and Americans for the Arts."

Learn more about the State Military and Veterans Arts Initiative.
VPR's Mary Williams is the host of Art Hounds.
Spread the Word: Become an Art Hound

According to Vermont Public Radio, anyone in the arts community can become an Art Hound - no obedience training required. This popular weekly program, hosted by VPR's Mary Williams and underwritten by the Vermont Arts Council, invites listeners to create their own mini promotions for upcoming arts events. Art Hounds "strives to be a collection of unique voices, passionate about the arts in their own communities." Just write your script and call it in!

Become an Art Hound.
Arts Briefs
The 2017 Arts Literacy Institute, a three-day workshop that celebrates creativity, inquiry, and interdisciplinary learning, will be held from August 8 to 10 in Shelburne.
   Get the details.
The GRAMMY Museum is accepting submissions for grants to support projects that advance the archiving of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas and explore the impact of music on the human condition.
  Find out how to apply
Woodworkers are invited to apply for the ReSOURCE Artist Challenge, with a chance to receive a free three-month residency at the South End Joinery. The deadline is August 14.
  More information.
Upcoming Vermont Arts 2017 Events
White River Gallery at BALE
August 5
South Royalton
Middlebury College Mead Chapel and lawns
August 4
Dorset Theatre Festival
August 3 to 19
 Brandon Music
August 5
Southern Vermont Arts Center
through September 10
Barre Opera House
August 4
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
August 3 to September 17
August 5
South Pomfret
Village Green
August 3
Dog Mountain
August 6
St. Johnsbury
Weston Playhouse
August 6
Highland Center for the Arts
August 9 to 13
Town Hall Theater
August 10 and 11
The Weston Rod and Gun Club
August 10 to September 3
Lost Nation Theater
August 10 and 11
Featured Story
Frankie Davenport. Photo courtesy Vermont Historical Society.
Vermont Filmmaker Brings History to Life

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival features new filmmakers from around the country, but the Vermont Collection presents films with a "distinct Vermont spirit." Some capture life in the Green Mountain State, while others showcase talent cultivated here.

Kevin Thornton's documentary, "Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story" checks all the boxes: he's a professor at UVM, lives in Brandon, and points the camera back at his town's past. With years of research and help from a good portion of the town, his documentary places a historical Brandon widow in the context of a national conversation on the Civil War.

Find out how all the pieces come together in this week's featured story, " Love and War and Film ."
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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