Arts News for May 24, 2018   
Explore the Art Studios of Vermont

The forecast calls for creativity this holiday weekend, as art and craft studios across Vermont open their doors for the Vermont Crafts Council's Spring Open Studio Weekend. This annual event, supported, in part, by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, attracts visitors from the entire New England area.

The self-guided tour will include more than 179 sites featuring the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers, and wood carvers. Many participating galleries will host talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.

The Vermont landscape is bursting with new growth. Now is the perfect time to get out and travel some unexplored back roads, discover a new artist, and find the perfect work of art to add to your collection. Create an adventure!

Council Increases Support for Individual Artists
 
Eric Wright received an FY2019 Creation Grant. 
Creation Grants offer artists the time, space, and materials essential to developing fresh ideas and exploring new directions in their work. Beginning this June, the Arts Council has increased Creation Grant awards from $3,000 to $4,000.

"When we provide direct support to artists they, in turn, give us the inspiration and transcendence that we all need in our lives," commented Executive Director Karen Mittelman. "Those shifts in perspective that allow us to see, feel, and imagine beyond our personal joys and struggles are central to the arts and vital for the survival of our shared civic life."

The increase will take effect in the current grant season, and applications are due June 28. Find out how to apply.  
 
The Council supports artists in many other ways, including the Art in State Buildings Program, Artist Development Grants, and Artists in Schools residencies. Learn about opportunities for individual artists.  
School's (Almost) Out for Summer!

The Vermont Arts Exchange offers a wide variety of creative camps.    
When the school year comes to a close, kids need some splashing-in-the-water and soaking-up-the-sun time. But how about some creative exploration time? There are numerous arts camps across the state offering everything from "Flash Mobs & Pop-Up" to "Claymation & Comics," with some "Big & Messy" fun along the way.
 
Below are some of the Vermont arts organizations with excellent children's programs. Take a look. You might just wish you were a kid again!  
   
South Pomfret
Burlington
Burlington
Johnson
Stowe
Strafford
Brattleboro
Woodstock
Manchester
Morrisville
Montpelier


Vermont Museums Welcome Military Families

Burlington City Arts is a 2018 Blue Star Museums participant.
This summer, museums in Vermont will offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and their families as part of the Ninth Annual Blue Stars Museum program. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. Free admission will be available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Currently, 13 Vermont museums are participating, and the organizers hope to see that number grow. Museums interested in participating should email bluestarmuseums@arts.gov.
Arts Briefs
Bismark State College and Humanities North Dakota invite submissions of new, ten-minute plays that engage with the question "What Happened to the American Dream?"
  Get the details.
Sean Hunter Williams is carving a sculpture to honor retiring Montpelier High School art teacher
Barbara Austin-Hutchins.
   Read the article in the Times-Argus
Studio Place Arts (SPA) encourages artists to submit a proposal for solo or small group shows to be considered for the 2019 season. The deadline is June 15.
   More information.
 
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

JAZZPLUS
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
May 25
South Pomfret
Walker Farm
through May 26
Weston
Town Hall Theatre
May 25
Woodstock
multiple venues
May 24 to June 10
multiple locations
River Arts
through June 19
Morrisville
Middlebury College Museum of Art
May 25 to August 12
Middlebury
Downtown Bennington
May 26
Bennington
Bennington Museum
May 27
Bennington
Dorset Playhouse
May 25, 26, 27
Dorset
DAVID FIFIELD: HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
 Brandon Artists Guild
through June 26
Brandon
Brandon Music
June 2
Brandon
The Organ Barn
May 27
Guilford
T.W. Wood Gallery
through June 29
Montpelier
Highland Center for the  Arts
June 7
Greendboro
Brattleboro Music Center
June 9 and 10
Brattleboro
Featured Story
Where Goodness Gets You

"We support what enriches our lives - and our community arts organizations deserve appropriate facilities." That's one of the ideas Executive Director Mary Greene put forth when she told us the success story of the Brattleboro Music Center. The facility is beautiful, well equipped, and of service to the community. Mary offers her perspective in this week's Featured Story, " A Classic(al) Example."
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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