Arts News for February 14, 2019    
   These are some of the things we love . . .  
"I love the Glasstastic exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, which features kids' drawings turned into glass sculptures."
Troy Hickman

"I love Emily Bernard's new memoir, Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine ."
Karen Mittelman

"I love that Vermont is home to incredible artists tucked away in studios in forests, in tiny downtown studios, and nestled in villages. I especially love the work of Sarah Amos."
Hannah Morris
"I love Kate Burnim paintings. I'm excited that Kate will show her work alongside artist Daryl Burtnett at the Spotlight Gallery in May." 
Amy Cunningham
"I love the work of Mark Heitzman. His large-scale graphite and charcoal drawings are currently exhibited at the Morse Block Deli in Barre.
Meredith Bell
"I am currently in love with stained glass. I have a fun piece hanging in my dining room done by deceased Northeast Kingdom artist Elin Paulson."
Alice Claflin
"I love that the Vermont dance community is growing, becoming more visible, and creating amazing new work. I love the Vermont Dance Alliance."
Kira Bacon

"I love the monthly Jazz Jam
at the Zenbarn. It's a
multi-generational mix of music lovers enjoying making great sounds together."
Susan McDowell
"I love that hundreds of Vermont students are working with and learning from talented, creative people in their classrooms. I love teaching artists."  
Troy Hickman

Vermont Organizations Receive National Grants
Babylon, a new production by Sandglass Theater. Photo by Kiqe Bosch.  
Six arts organizations are the recipients of FY2019 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The New England Youth Theatre was awarded a Challenge America Grant to support a program designed for youth and adults with disabilities. Five other organizations will receive Art Works Grants: Burlington City Arts, Marble House Project, Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont Studio Center, and Sandglass Theater. With this funding, the NEA supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression.
"We are proud that six Vermont arts organizations were recognized for their outstanding work by the NEA," said Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman. "Public support for the arts is vital and urgently needed. The Arts Council partners with the NEA and the state of Vermont to bring arts and creative experiences to communities in every Vermont county."

Featured Story: Minds in Motion

These kids are concentrating--really concentrating!

Educator Anita Collins says in her TED-Ed video that "Playing music is the brain's equivalent of a full-body workout." More locally, Anne Campbell at Catamount Arts and Jason Bergman, a St. Johnsbury music educator, say they're equipping young students to succeed by way of teaching violin. That instruction is free, and comes to an after-school program at St. Johnsbury school Monday-Thursday.

Read more about it in The Seen and the Unseen, this week's featured story.  
Cultural Facilities Grant Seeker Workshops

The Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and the Preservation Trust of Vermont are partnering to host three workshops in March. Anyone interested in applying for a facilities grant--through either the Cultural Facilities or Historic Preservation Grant programs--is encouraged to attend one of the sessions. This is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Preservation Trust's programs.

Applications for the Council's Cultural Facilities Grants are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is May 1.

Arts Briefs
The literary journal Hunger Mountain is accepting applications for its International Young Writers Prize, which is open to high school students. The deadline for submissions is March 1
Get the details.
TedxStowe seeks artists interested in producing a short animation for the opening of this year's collection of speaker videos. The deadline for submissions is April 1.
Find out more.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center announced winners of the 2019 Vermont Scholastic Art &Writing Awards. An exhibit will be held at the museum through March 2
Upcoming Events
Highland Center for the Arts
February 16 and 17
Brandon Music
February 15 and 16
Walker Farm
February 16
Town Hall Theater Jackson Gallery
February 15 to March 24
Chandler Center for the Arts
February 15
Vermont Folklife Center
February 15
Village Green
February 15 to 17
City Hall Contois Auditorium
February 20
Kerry O. Furlani Studio
February 17

 ONE Community Center Event Hall
February 16
T.W. Wood Gallery
February 16 to March 29
Unitarian Church
February 17
Oldcastle Theatre
February 15
Vermont College of Fine Arts
College Hall Gallery
February 15
Fairlee Town Hall
February 18 to 22
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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