News From the Vermont Arts Council   
Zon Eastes Retires

Zon Eastes, director of outreach and advancement, has retired from the Council. During his five-year tenure, Zon worked on arts advocacy at both the state and national level. He was instrumental in crafting the Council's 50th anniversary vision for the future, and leading the development of the Council's 2018-2020 strategic plan. Zon also conceived an innovative statewide network to connect Vermont's creative sector, guiding the Vermont Creative Network from its earliest stages, working with dozens of statewide and community leaders to build a collaborative network to advance Vermont's creative sector.

"I am grateful for the remarkable opportunities I've had to work with so many wonderful people," Zon remarked. "I am extremely proud of the Arts Council staff, with whom I had the pleasure of partnering on a number of important accomplishments. The future looks bright for the Council and I look forward to continued engagement, just from a different vantage point." Zon will work with the Council into March to assist in the leadership transition of the Creative Network.

"We thank Zon for his many significant contributions to the Council and wish him all the best in this new phase of his life," said Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman. "There is no doubt that Zon's vision and creative spirit will continue to resonate throughout Vermont."
Photo courtesy, ArtPlace America.
Vermont Farm Receives Arts Grant

The 148-acre Clemmons Family Farm celebrates African American heritage and fosters the appreciation of the cultures of all people. The vision of the Charlotte-based farm is "a center for everyone to celebrate African American heritage, farming, the arts and sciences, and multiculturalism in a magical setting."

This bold dream came closer to reality with a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America's National Placemaking Fund. According to an article in Seven Days, the grant will be used to support "the farm's 'A Sense of Place' project, which will bring African and African American artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines to the farm for future programming."

Winter Weekends for Artistic Teens

High school writers, directors, and creatives are invited to attend the Governor's Institutes of Vermont's Winter Weekends, an intensive learning experience in everything from theater arts to astrophotography. Held at Goddard College, these 48-hour residencies provide students with hands-on immersion into the topic of their choice, and a network of peers from all over the state. Topics include masterclasses in creative writing, design/build, engineering, and more.

Arts Mentoring Opportunity

VSA Vermont offers an arts mentoring program - one of the first in the country - where both the student and the mentor have a disability. The High School and Youth Mentoring Program pairs adult volunteers who identify as having a disability with mentees and together they explore their creative interests.

VSA Vermont invites members of the community to apply for mentor or mentee roles. No arts experience is required, just an interest in trying new things.

Arts Briefs
Residents of the Champlain Valley region are invited to submit images for the 4th Champlain Valley Photo Slam. The deadline is December 20.
Get the details .
The T.W. Wood Gallery is accepting applications for its upcoming juried show entitled "Nourishment."
The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2018.
  Find out how to apply
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center invites students in grades 7-12 to submit art and/or writing for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The deadline is December 14.
  More information.
Upcoming Vermont Arts 2017 Events
Chandler Center for the Arts
December 8

Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
through February 28
multiple venues
December 8, 9, 10
Barre, Burlington, Rutland

Helen Day Art Center
through December 30
Barrette Center for the Arts
through January 7
White River Junction
Compass Music and Arts Center
through December 31
Town Hall Theatre
December 9

Brandon Music
December 9
Barre Opera House
December 10
Flynn Center
December 10
Christ Church
December 15 and 16
multiple venues
December 13, 15, 16, 17
multiple towns
Brandon Artists Guild
through January 30

Brandon Music
December 16
Oldcastle Theatre Company
December 15
Featured Story
Reaching to the Heart

In Vermont, art and creativity are positioned at the heart of developing and sustaining vibrant communities.

That was one conclusion Karen Mittelman has come to after a month of listening, talking to cultural leaders and partners, and joining in the recent Vermont Creative Network Summit. How will art, creativity, and innovation shape Vermont's future communities?

Who are Vermont artists? What makes a creative community? Today's featured story - Inviting Community - is the first of a series examining these questions. We hope you'll join the conversation.
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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