Arts News for June 7, 2018   
Special Project Grants Announced

The Quarry Project. Photo by Julia Barstow.
Vermont Arts Exchange, Vermont Folklife Center, and choreographer Hannah Dennison are all committed to arts programming that is deeply engaged with community. That dedication is fundamental to the Special Project Grants they received last week. Each project exemplifies the Council's new strategic goals to expand access to the arts, inspire creative placemaking, and energize Vermont's creative economy.

" These outstanding projects reflect both the Council's strategic priorities and our commitment to building a Vermont where art and creativity are at the heart of our communities," said Executive Director Karen Mittelman. 

Learn more about these projects:

The TLC Project, Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington
Bhutanese Nepali Artists and Communities Outreach Project, Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury
The Quarry Project, Hannah Dennison
Teaching Artist Roster Expands!
 
Fua Nascimento
For Capoeira master Fabio "Fua" Nascimento, preparing to apply for the Vermont Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster was a multi-year process. He worked to refine his residency practice and develop his school connections. Last month, Fua and seven other artists were selected through a rigorous process conducted by an expert panel. These newest members of the roster are now eligible to offer arts-integration residencies at PreK-12 schools as part of the Council's Artists in Schools Grant program. Congratulations to these outstanding teaching artists:  
 
Alissa Faber - sculpture/visual arts
 
Fabio Nascimento - Capoeira
Sarah Frechette
 
Sarah Frechette - puppetry

Matthew LaRocca - music
 
Lizzy Fox - poetry
 
Courtney Reckord - maker (science integration)/ visual arts
 
Karl Neubauer - visual arts/stage production
 
Learn more about the Artists in Schools program.
Vermonters Selected as Creative Community Fellows

Three members of Vermont's creative sector were chosen for the National Arts Strategies (NAS) Creative Community Fellows New England Cohort. NAS's launch of the regionally-focused Creative Community Fellows New England is made possible by the generous support of The Barr Foundation, which has underwritten the fellows' participation costs.

Ceilidh Galloway-Kane, Jesse Kreitzer, and Gowri Savoor earned spots in the 2018 program through a highly competitive process. Supported, in part, by the Vermont Arts Council, they will join 22 other fellows to work with NAS, faculty partners, mentors, and each other to "embrace their authentic leadership capacities, examine their partnerships and strategy, and craft processes for deepening their connection to the community."
 
Congratulations Ceilidh, Jesse, and Gowri! We look forward to the knowledge and wisdom this experience will bring to you and to Vermont.
 
 
Ceilidh Galloway-Kane, Jesse Kreitzer, Gowri Savoor
Last Call for Arts Impact Grant Applications

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes was the recipient of an FY2018 Arts Impact Grant.
Is your organization working to expand inclusivity and break down barriers to participation? Then consider applying for an Arts Impact Grant. These grants support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to add vibrancy to Vermont communities by providing equal and abundant access to the arts. The deadline for applications is June 14.

Arts Briefs
The Flynn Summer Arts Literacy Institute, designed to celebrate creativity, inquiry, and interdisciplinary learning, will be held at the Historic Clemmons Family Farm. Early registration ends July 15.
    Find out how to register.
Photo by Roxxe Ireland
Susanna Gellert has been chosen as the new executive artistic director at Weston Playhouse Theatre. Gellert brings to Weston 15 years of experience in New York and regional theater.
  Get the details
Enrollment is now open for Middlebury Community Music Center summer day camps and group music classes for kids from PreK to high school.
   More information.
 
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Guilford Community Church
June 8
Guilford
Next Stage
June 8
Putney
Carving Studio and Sculpture Center
June 9
West Rutland
Highland Center for the Arts
June 9
Greensboro
ELIZABETH CHANG TRIO
North Universalist Chapel
June 10
Woodstock
Vermont Jazz Center
June 9
Brattleboro
Second Stage at Walker Farm
June 13 to 30
Weston
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
June 10
South Pomfret
THE ALMOST TRUE AND TRULY REMARKABLE ADVENTURES OF ISRAEL POTTER
Oldcastle Theatre
June 15 to 24
Bennington
TRACES: A PUBLIC DANCE HAPPENING
 multiple downtown locations
June 16
Burlington
Brandon Music
June 16
Brandon
Helen Day Art Center
June 15 to September 8
Stowe
WATERFOWL WONDERS AND AMUSING ANIMALS
 Henry Sheldon Museum
through November 11
Middlebury
Bundy Modern
through September 3
Waitsfield
YVONNE DALEY BOOK LAUNCH: GOING UP THE COUNTRY
Bear Pond Books
June 19
Montpelier
Featured Story
The Start of Something Big

"So the young women set out designing and cutting patterns. They were hunched over sewing and singing along to the radio. A shoe box of little ceramic arms, legs, and heads sat on the table awaiting to be one with itself."

This is the way Matthew Perry described the beginning days of TLC. The project is still about young women and patterns, but it has moved beyond dolls. Growth is on the drawing board now, and may be helped by a Special Project Grant from the Arts Council. Read more about it in this week's Featured Story, " TLC: Something to Hold On To."
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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