Arts News for August 15, 2019    
Creation Grants Announced

Brett Stanciu is writing a nonfiction narrative about heroin addiction in a small town in Vermont. Evan Premo is creating a musical composition based on Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina. And Carol Potter is developing a book of poems entitled The Good Math . These are three of the fifteen artists whose work will be supported by FY2020 Creation Grants from the Vermont Arts Council. This $4,000 award can be used to provide funds needed to spend more time in the studio, purchase materials, or rent rehearsal space.

Thanks to the generous contributions of Arts Council donors, an additional five grants were awarded in the FY2020 round. "The depth and breadth of artistic talent in Vermont is awe-inspiring," noted Executive Director Karen Mittelman. "We are pleased that this year we were able to increase by fifty percent our support of a wide range of creative endeavors in our state."

See the full list of Creation Grant recipients.  
Cultural Facilities Grants Announced

Stone Valley Arts in Poultney received an FY2020 Cultural Facilities Grant to support electrical upgrades. Photo by George Bouret.
Some of Vermont's most beloved cultural institutions will get a boost this year thanks to funding from the Vermont Arts Council's Cultural Facilities Grant program. From electrical upgrades to accessible elevators, needed improvements in existing buildings facilitate better access, enhance infrastructure, and expand capacity. Grants were awarded to sixteen organizations totaling $224,556.

"The Cultural Facilities grant program is a critical investment in the long-term health and sustainability of arts and culture in Vermont," said Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman. "Over the past five years, seventy percent of the funding from this program has supported cultural facilities in Vermont's most rural communities, protecting the libraries, theaters, museums, and town halls that serve our most economically disadvantaged residents."

The Cultural Facilities Grant program is administered by the Arts Council in conjunction with the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. The program is funded through an annual appropriation in the Vermont state capital budget.

Two Grant Rounds Open
Sayon Camara is a master djembe player, musician, performer, and Vermont Teaching Artist.
Artists in Schools Grants are available to public or private schools that are recognized by the Vermont Department of Education. These grants fund artist residencies that are intended to serve as a model for the integration of the arts across the PreK-12 curriculum. Artists must be selected from the Arts Council's Teaching Artist Roster. The grant application process opens on August 12. Learn more about the Artists in Schools Grant program.

Artist Development Grants support artists in activities that assist them in furthering their careers. This could include attending a workshop, creating a website, or renting space for an exhibition. The deadline for this round of grants is September 23. Find more information.
Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Photo by Gordon Miller. 
Sarah-Lee Terrat's memories of the devastation in Waterbury after Tropical Storm Irene remain vivid. The color of the mud stays with her. She says it was "unforgettably ugly, and to me represented the enormous task ahead."
Sarah-Lee will speak at the upcoming first meeting of the Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network, sharing information about The Floodgates Project. "We passed out hundreds of 'tiles'--square boards in two sizes, with the instructions that anyone could express their experiences and feelings about the storm and the after-storm, in any medium they wished, including words. No limits."
Read more about the role of arts in recovery in After a Disaster, this week's featured story. 
Toby MacNutt Receives Regional Award

Only three artists in New England have been selected to receive grants in 2019 from the New England Foundation for the Arts' (NEFA's) Rebecca Blunk Fund. This unrestricted prize celebrates artistic excellence and accomplishment.
Vermonter Toby MacNutt is among the awardees.Toby is a queer, nonbinary trans, and disabled dancer/choreographer, author, and teacher who lives in Burlington. They will receive $3,000 for the creation of new work or professional development.

The fund was established in memory of Rebecca Blunk, honoring her twenty-nine years of service to NEFA and her lifelong passion for the arts.
Read the NEFA announcement
Arts Briefs
The Next Stage Arts Project seeks an executive director to lead the Putney-based nonprofit organization.
Get the details.
On August 1, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Carter had served as acting chairman of the agency since June 5, 2018
Learn more.
The Bennington Museum seeks an executive director to further elevate the museum as a cultural, educational, and tourist destination.
  Find out how to apply.
Upcoming Events
North Chapel Back Lawn
August 16
Marina Restaurant
August 16
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
August 17
Enosburg Falls
Studio Place Arts
through August 23
Dorset Theatre Festival
through August 17
Dog Mountain
August 18
St. Johnsbury
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
August 18
South Pomfret
Oldcastle Theatre Company
August 16 to September 1
Highland Center for the Arts
August 19
 Mead Memorial Chapel
Middlebury College
August 16
Rokeby Museum
August 18
multiple venues
August 21 to 25
Highland Center for the Arts
through September 8
Main Street Arts
August 20 to September 24
Saxtons River
Champlain College Art Gallery
through September 13
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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