Arts News for January 3, 2019    
When Students Thrive

Empower , by Simran.
Twenty-three Burlington High School (BHS) students have just completed the first-ever City & Lake Semester. The program, supported by a Vermont Arts Council Arts Impact Grant, is a partnership between Shelburne Farms and BHS. In an extended, immersive, and integrated exploration of community and citizenship, artist in residence Mary Lacy led an in-depth project surveying and creating socially engaged art.

At a culminating evening event called THRIVE!, the high schoolers highlighted art as an essential mode of public discourse, meaning-making, citizenship, and community-building. The empowerment of these young citizens was as striking as their work.

Learn more in  Thriving in Community, this week's featured story.
Shining a Light on Vermont's Creatives
Next week, the Council will launch a new ArtMail feature called I Am A Vermont Artist. This series will explore how artists' creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age. Covering all artistic disciplines--from dance to cartooning--and a range of backgrounds from New Americans to the state's first residents, we hope to amplify voices that deepen our understanding of what it means to be a Vermont artist.
The first profile will focus on the Burlington-based band A2VT. Representing Somalia, Tanzania, and Burundi, the members of the group synthesize their native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and Hip Hop sensibilities. Watch your inbox next week for more! 
Is there an artist you would like to recommend for this new feature? Let us know
More Artists to Watch

Top: The Granny Bridges , by Rhonda Ratray. Bottom: Jeremy , by Andrew Orr.
For a second year, the Council is collaborating with the Vermont Art Guide to present Artists to Watch 2019. This group show includes works by ten artists recommended by guest curators. The exhibit opens in the Spotlight Gallery on January 7. 
Through this exhibit--and many other outreach efforts--Vermont Art Guide's Ric Kasini Kadour aims to reframe how artists are seen by society and to promote engagement with visual art. "For art to work its magic in our communities, it needs to be seen and it needs to be engaged."
The artists are: Sarah Amos (Enosburg Falls), Clark Derbes (Charlotte), Hasso Ewing (Calais), Andrew Frost (Burlington), Sally Gil (Brooklyn, NY), Sean Hunter Williams (Montpelier), Elizabeth Nagle (East Dorset), Andrew Orr (Richford), Rhonda Ratray (North Bennington), and Jackson Tupper (Burlington).
Join us for an artist's reception on January 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. 
Arts Briefs
Big Heavy World received a $3,000 Vermont Community Foundation Spark! Grant to support Band House, an after school drop-in program for high school students.
  Learn more.
The Dorset Players will hold auditions for Oklahoma! on January 15 and 16. Principal and chorus roles are available.
  Get the details.
Vermont high school students are invited to apply for the Governor's Institutes Winter Weekend Masterclasses in music, theater, and visual arts. The deadline is January 15.
  Find out how to apply.
Upcoming Events
multiple venues
January 4,5,6
multiple locations
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
January 12 to February 24
Vermont Supreme Court Gallery
through March 28
Phoenix Books
January 5
Darkroom Gallery
January 5
Essex Junction
Masonic Hall
January 5
Festival Gallery at Valley Arts
January 5 to March 2
Edited by Aimee Liu_ Kenny Fries_ and Nicola Morris
Bear Pond Books
January 8
T.W. Wood Art Gallery
January 8 to March 1
 Taraden Media Barn
January 5 to February 23
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre
January 9
Grange Theatre
January 10 to 13
South Pomfret
 multiple venues
January 11,12,13
multiple locations
Barre Opera House
January 12
Brandon Music
January 12
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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