Arts News for November 21, 2019    
Artist Grants Take Center Stage

Top, Miciah Gault at a book reading. Bottom, installation by Patty Hudak.
Since September, thirteen artists have been awarded just over seven thousand dollars in Artist Development Grants from the Arts Council. This funding supports opportunities to develop skills or businesses. Two more rounds are coming, with deadlines of January 6 and May 4. Read more about that here.

Support for making new work will arrive early in 2020. The   Creation Grant application will open in late January with a deadline in April. These grants support the creation of new art by providing funds for time, materials, and space rental for Vermont artists and artist groups.

Read about previous Creation Grant recipients and the the work they have produced in It's All in the Making, this week's featured story.
Arts Integration Grants for Head Start Students
Top to bottom: Rachel Hoffman at a school in New Haven, a student in the Vermont Arts Exchange program in Bennington, Jon Gailmor working with kids at WonderArts in Greensboro.
Young children in thirty-seven Head Start classrooms across eight counties will benefit from rich, arts-integrated learning experiences with support from Head Start Arts Integration Grants. From Brattleboro to Greensboro, twelve professional teaching artists will work with children, teachers, and parents to enrich the learning environment and support the students' academic, social, and emotional growth. An important component of the program is collaboration between the teaching artist and classroom teacher, which ensures that the learning continues beyond the residency.   
Head Start Arts Integration Grant recipients:
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro
Teaching artists: Katie Bachler and Cyndal Ellis 
Burlington Children's Space, Burlington
Teaching artist: Rebecca Mack 
Burlington City Arts, Burlington 
Teaching artist: Jude Bond
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington 
Teaching artists: Susanna Olson and Tracy Martin 
King Street Center, Burlington  
Teaching artist: Rebecca Mack 
Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington
Teaching artists: Otha Day, Caitilin McAdoo, and Linda MacFarlane 
WonderArts Vermont, Greensboro
Teaching artists: Jon Gailmor, Maura Gahan, and Marger Maldonado

Mount Island Re-launched

Painting of Lucy Terry Prince by Louise Minks.
Mount Island, a literary magazine for rural LGBTQ+ and people of color (POC), has released its first digital issue since going on hiatus five years ago. The publication is "dedicated to creating space for rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices to be heard on their own terms and find solidarity in community."
Mount Island will be published quarterly as a digital magazine and annually as a print anthology. The editors welcome submissions and are interested in prose and poems that "buck the standard" in any genre or medium.   
Mount Island also announced the Lucy Terry Prince Prize . This new award was established to recognize and support exceptional work by rural poets of color and to honor the life of Lucy Terry Prince. Prince was a free, landowning Black woman in colonial America who is considered the first known African-American poet in English literature.
Arts Briefs
The Marble House Project in Dorset is accepting applications for its summer multidisciplinary artist residency program. All creative fields are welcome. The deadline is December 9.
Find out how to apply.
The Arts Council is hiring_
The Vermont Arts Council seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced individual to serve as the Council's communications and outreach director. The deadline for applications is December 5.
Get the details.
SMART ARTIST--Professional development series for artists
The Smart Artist Series presents  Getting Press: How to be the story.
Media experts offer their insight about the most effective approaches for gaining print, radio, and TV coverage. December 3 in Burlington.
Upcoming Events
Catamount Arts
November 23
St. Johnsbury
Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
November 22 and 23
Barrette Center for the Arts
through January 5
White River Junction
Barre Opera House
November 23
Main Street Arts
November 23
Saxtons River
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
November 23
South Pomfret
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
November 30, December 1
Burlington City Hall
November 30, December 1
multiple venues
November 29 to December 1
Putney and surrounding area
 Chandler Center for the Arts
through December 28
Highland Center for the Arts
November 21 to 23
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
November 23
Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
November 22
College Street Congregational Church
November 23
Chandler Center for the Arts
November 24
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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