Arts News for January 9, 2020     

Jump Start in Full Swing

Image by Liza Voll Photography.
As 2019 wrapped up, so did another round of JumpStart--a business training program for makers co-organized by Burlington's Generator and LaunchVT and sponsored by the Arts Council. Mentoring, technical training, and free membership at a maker space support new entrepreneurs in rolling out creative businesses.

The last ten-week session culminated in a shopping event dubbed Holiday Humbug. Artists confidently sold their jewelry, hats, clothing, and knives that evening. This week's featured story, Just Add Savvy, describes the program and the experience.
Welcome Sean
The Arts Council board is delighted to welcome Sean Clute as the newest trustee. 
Sean is a multimedia artist who experiments with video, sound, and performance; y ou might find him in a suspended pod, a geodesic dome, or a cacophonic sonic environment. He co-directs the intermedia performance group Double Vision, and directs MARS (the Media Arts Research Studio) at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, where he serves as assistant professor of fine arts. When he is not creating art or teaching, he is busy learning to cross-country ski.
The Council's board is composed of eighteen trustees from across the state, one of whom is appointed by the governor.
Thank You, Kira!

At the end of December, the Arts Council staff and board said a reluctant farewell to Kira Bacon, who has been on staff for seven years, most recently serving as communications director.

Among her many accomplishments, Kira brought new energy and fresh artistic perspectives to the Council's Spotlight Gallery and Sculpture Garden. She also conceived the I am a Vermont Artist interview series, inviting a diverse range of artists to share reflections about how living in Vermont has shaped their artistic practices. Kira's passion and talents strengthened and enriched our work, and we will miss her.

Although she has left the Arts Council, Kira is not going far. You might just see her on the slopes at Sugarbush!
Makers at School? Yes, Please

If you're a creative with experience in K-12 classrooms and/or makerspaces, we want to hear from you. The Arts Council is accepting applications to its Teaching Artist Roster.
Everyone on the roster has a passion for artistry. They also have the ability to activate creativity in others--in both arts and nonarts classrooms. The Artists in Schools Grant program supports school residencies throughout Vermont; the artists employed must be on the roster.
Learning through the arts awakens young minds in ways other modalities might not, whether making videos, graphics, ceramics, crankies, or puppets. One school administrator reported, "We value risk taking as an attribute and this residency encouraged our students to put themselves out there." Teachers have also noted they value experimental learning, critical thinking, and creativity because "These attributes represent a broad range of what we strive to become as citizens." This is meaningful work.
Find out how to apply.
Arts Briefs
Poetry Out Loud: Schools are registering their champions now for the March 5 semifinal competition at the Barre Opera House.
Get the details.
Vermont Tourism Day is January 15 at the State House. Industry leaders, including those in the arts, will be urging investment in this sector.
  Learn more and add your voice here.
The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson is looking for an executive director as well as a director of finance and human resources.
These and other job postings here.
Upcoming Events
Chandler Upper Gallery
January 10
Light Club Lamp Shop
January 10
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
January 10
South Pomfret
Valley Arts Festival Gallery
through February 29
Main Street Arts
January 10
Saxtons River
Vermont Supreme Court Gallery
opening tonight, runs through March 30
Central Vermont Medical Center Gallery
through January 11
Vermont College of Fine Arts
January 11-20
Highland Center for the Arts
through February 16
 Shelburne Museum
through March 8
Helen Day Arts Center
January 16-April 18
multiple venues
January 17 and 19
Lyndonville and Greensboro
Southern Vermont Arts Center
January 11-March 15
Le Ch√Ęteau, Grand Salon at Middlebury College
January 19
Vermont Jazz Center
January 18
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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