Arts News for January 31, 2019    
When the Study Ends, the Work Begins
Levitt AMP summer concert at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury.

How do you tell the difference between a study and an action plan? You turn to page 77.

Government agencies are known for completing studies. Important work! But in wrapping up Building on a Legacy of Creativity: Understanding and Expanding the Creative Economy of the Northeast Kingdom, the leadership of the Vermont Creative Network is set to make a difference.

Commissioned by the Vermont Arts Council on behalf of the Vermont Creative Network, the project provides solid documentation of the strength of the creative economy in the Northeast Kingdom. And, beginning on page 77, the plan outlines myriad ways to move forward.

Read more in A Legacy of Creativity.
A Spark in the Center of a Creative Economy Renaissance
From left: Spark Coordinator Ezra Ranz-Schleifer, WonderArts Executive Director Ceilidh Galloway-Kane and AmeriCorps volunteer Jake Lester are working to make Spark a place for local artisans, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, business owners, students, and others. Photo by Amy Kolb Noyes. 
A quiet revolution is taking place in the quaint town of Greensboro (population about 700). Spark, a community-driven coworking space, is bringing "people of all ages and abilities together to use technology and equipment as a way to collaborate and build upon ideas, skills, community, and innovation."
It's a tall order, but those behind the effort have an outsized passion to make Spark the creative hub of the Northeast Kingdom. Recently, VPR's Amy Kolb Noyes sat down with Ezra Ranz-Schleifer, Ceilidh Galloway-Kane, and Jake Lester to learn more about the organization and the team's plans for the new NEK makerspace. 
JAGFest 3.0 to Highlight Women Playwrights
From left: Maine Anders, Kirya Traber, Gethsemane Amy Herron-Coward,
Tracey Conyer Lee.

Last year, on the stage of the Briggs Opera House, a  group of actors talked about spending a week in Vermont developing a new play. "It's definitely not Brooklyn," observed one. "It is so quiet here," added another. These artists were part of JAGFest 2.0, a festival focused on developing new work by African-American playwrights.
Next week, JAGFest 3.0 comes to the opera house in White River Junction with four new plays, all written by women. Thirty black theater artists from across the U.S. will gather for a week to work on developing and performing the pieces. Each will be performed as a staged reading on February 8, 9, and 10.     
New Dance Program Director at NEFA

Photo by Ra-Re Valverde 
Indira Goodwine will join the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in March as the new Program Director, Dance. She will direct NEFA's National Dance Project and major dance initiatives in New England, and will form collaborations with other programs supporting the dance field.
With a dual background in dance and arts administration, Indira served as the managing director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers for the past two and a half years, and served as the company manager for several years prior.
Arts Briefs
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is accepting applications for an administrative assistant to work in customer service, ticket sales, development, marketing, and production.
  Learn more.
The Vermont Arts Council seeks a part-time artist services coordinator to oversee grant making and support offered to individual artists.
Get the details.
The city of South Burlington seeks an artist or artist team to create a permanent, site-specific work of art for the 180 Market Street Project.
Upcoming Events
River Arts
through April 19
Brandon Music
February 2
Bryan Memorial Gallery
through March 31
Shelburne Museum
February 2 to June 2
Masonic Hall
February 2
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
through February 24
Plainfield Opera House
February 3
The Front
through March 10
Congregation Shir Shalom
February 2
Flynn Center
February 3
Barrette Center for the Arts
through February 17
White River Junction
St. Johnsbury Academy
Fuller Hall
February 2
St. Johnsbury
Central Vermont Medical Center
February 7 to March 1
Brownell Library
February 6
Essex Junction
Studio Place Arts
through March 9
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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