Arts News for February 15, 2018   
The New England Center for Circus Arts received an FY2018 NEA Art Works Grant.
Federal Grants Support Arts in Vermont

Seven outstanding Vermont organizations will be awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its first round of funding for FY2018. Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman congratulated the recipients and commented, "I'm proud that Vermont received seven grants in this round of competition for scarce federal funds. It's a recognition of the diversity and richness of Vermont's arts landscape that the grants reach from small towns to galleries to college campuses, and support a wonderful variety of disciplines from literature to circus arts."

Recipients:

Kingdom County Productions, Barnet
To support the Access Arts program
New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro
To support artists residencies for circus arts performers
Marble House Project, Dorset
To support multidisciplinary artist residencies and related activities
President & Fellows of Middlebury College, Middlebury
To support the publication and promotion of the New England Review
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier
To support an educational project that will bring together children's author Karuna Riazi and young student writers
Yellow Barn, Putney
To support the Yellow Barn Program and Artist Residencies, a professional artistic development project
Governor's Institute on the Arts, South Burlington
To support the Governor's Institute on the Arts

The Annual Report is Here

Matt Neckers' whimsical Vermont International Museum of Contemporary Art + Design beckons you to open the cover of the Vermont Arts Council FY2017 Annual Report. Inside you will find stories and photos that illustrate the profound effect of the arts and creativity in Vermont life, education, and communities. The report focuses on the importance of both data and "powerful personal stories about the ways grant funds shape and brighten the lives of those they touch."

Read the full report here. If you would like to receive a copy of the FY2017 Annual Report contact us.
Students in Kerry O. Furlani's slate carving workshop proudly display their Vermont Arts 2018 stickers. Learn about KOF Studio workshops.
Get Your Vermont Arts 2018 Sticker Now!

February marks the mid-point of winter and time to banish the accumulation of mud and salt from your back window. Why not celebrate with a shiny new Vermont Arts 2018 sticker? Let the world know that not only do you Eat More Kale, you support the arts, too!

Request Vermont Arts 2018 stickers here.

Interested in learning about Vermont Arts 2018 and how you or your organization can benefit from this statewide arts marketing campaign? Find more information.
The Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro received an FY2018 Cultural Facilities Grant.
Cultural Facilities Grantee Reception

Join us Tuesday, February 27 to honor recipients of FY2018 Cultural Facilities Grants. A reception will be held in the Vermont State House Cedar Creek Room starting at 4:30 p.m. This annual event showcases the diverse projects made possible through Cultural Facilities Grants. It is also an opportunity to thank legislators for this critical funding which is so important to the cultural development and community life throughout Vermont.

Learn about the Cultural Facilities Grant program and upcoming grant seeker workshops.
Arts Briefs
Elizabeth Alexander, distinguished writer, poet, scholar, and arts advocate was appointed president of
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
   Read more.
Nominations are invited for the 2018 Vermont Book Award. A book must be of outstanding literary merit, published in 2017, and penned by a Vermont author. The deadline is March 1.
  Find more information
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu issued a statement regarding the elimination of funding for the NEA in President Trump's FY2019 budget.
  Read the Statement.
Arts Workshops: The Perfect Cure for Cabin Fever
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center
February 17 and 18
West Rutland
North End Studio A
February 19
Burlington
KOF Studio
Mondays
Poultney
Bear Pond Books
February 20
Montpelier
 
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Next Stage Arts Gallery
February 17 to May 15
Putney
Village Green
February 16 to 18
Woodstock
Green Mountain Club
February 16
Waterbury Center
FlynnSpace
February 17
Burlington
STAGED READINGS: WORKS OF JAMES THURBER
Dorset Playhouse
February 16
Dorset
Guilford Community Church
February 17
Guilford
The Masonic Hall
February 17
Bennington
Vermont Jazz Center
February 17
Brattleboro
Edgewater Gallery
through February 20
Stowe
Barrette Center for the Arts
through February 18
White River Junction
 Chandler Center for the Arts
February 23
Randolph
The Vermont Legislature Presents Farmers Night 2018
Vermont State House
February 21
Montpelier
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
February 23
South Pomfret
Featured Story
A young ski and arts enthusiast explores "Dream Catcher" a site-specific sculpture by James Peterson at Stowe Mountain Resort.
Snow Sports and Art: Vermont's Perfect Partnership

There is a certain breed of Vermonter: one with a passion for snow-covered slopes and beautiful works of art. These folks can be found frolicking in the mountains by day and traipsing into gallery openings or concert halls at night. They are easily recognized by their snowy boots, goggle marks, and helmet head.

Vermont has a plethora of ways to enjoy both creative endeavors and winter sports. Read this week's featured story for ideas: " Mountains Reign, Art Lovers Gain."

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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