Arts News for December 6, 2018   
Cultural Leaders Take Action

In response to an increase in hate crimes in Vermont, nearly 60 cultural organizations in the state have signed the following statement promoting inclusion, respect, and change in their communities.

"Last month, the FBI reported that hate crimes in Vermont increased for the second year in a row, and are now at their highest level since 1995. The evidence of escalating hatred and bigotry is right here in Vermont. There are dozens of examples from Burlington to Brattleboro, St. Johnsbury to Bennington. As cultural leaders, we stand against hate and violence and we will take action.            

"We have come together to commit our cultural organizations to the vital work of promoting inclusion, respect, and change in Vermont communities. We know that the arts and humanities have the power to create and nurture empathy, promote critical thinking and thoughtful reflection, offer healing strategies, and advance understanding across differences such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, and age. In 2019, each of our organizations will undertake programming that advances dialogue and healing in our communities. We invite other cultural organizations across the state to join us to reject bigotry, work for a kinder and more thoughtful Vermont, and build creative, healthy, welcoming communities for all."

A list of participants as of December 5 is here.

Organizations who have signed the statement will be invited to nominate representatives to join a planning committee for a meeting in early 2019. We anticipate that this meeting will be one of a series of coalition-building meetings across the state by Vermont's arts and culture leaders who represent a diverse and broad-based community. Please contact us if you would like to participate in this work.
Grant Will Boost Emergency Arts Readiness
Arts and cultural heritage organizations based in Vermont are about to get much-needed support. A $15,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Performing Arts Readiness Project will enable the development of a statewide emergency preparedness and response network. This effort is a collaboration between the Vermont Secretary of State's Office and the Vermont Arts Council, and will be administered by the Vermont Historical Records Program of the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.

In announcing the grant, Secretary of State Jim Condos said, "Vermont's performing arts and cultural heritage organizations play a vital role in the promotion and preservation of our unique history and cultural institutions. We're grateful for this opportunity to work alongside our partners to ensure we have the preparedness measures in place to help prevent the loss of these valuable assets in a worst case scenario."
Read more in vermontbiz.
Vermont Arts 20XX Takes a Vacation

There will be no Vermont Arts 2019. After four successful years it's time for a change.  
But, don't despair! The Vermont Arts Calendar has become the go-to place to list and to find arts events throughout the state. Improvements are in the works for the coming year. The calendar will take on a more mobile-friendly appearance and up-to-date information about arts events will still appear in our weekly e-newsletters sent to thousands of arts seekers.  
We encourage you to continue to upload events to the Vermont Arts Calendar. Postings are easy, free, and a great way to get the word out about your organization's activities.  
Submit your events here
Holiday Markets for Creative Gift Giving!
T.W. Wood Gallery
through January 4
Burlington City Hall
December 14 and 15
Craftsbury Academy
December 8
Montpelier City Hall
December 15
Arts Briefs
Letters of Intent for Animating Infrastructure Grants are due December 10. These grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements.
  Find out how to apply.
Congratulations to the recipients of the second round of Artist Development Grants. The deadline for the third round is February 15, 2019.
  Read the list of FY2019 Artist Development grantees.
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland is accepting applications for 2019 summer residencies. The application deadline is January 25, 2019.
  Read more.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Barrette Center for the Arts
December 7
White River Junction
The Front
Opening December 7
Contois Auditorium, City Hall
December 12
Vermont Jazz Center
December 7
Vergennes Opera House
December 7
multiple venues
December 14, 15, 16
multiple towns
Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church
December 9
River Arts
December 8
Barre Opera House
December 9
 ArtisTree Community Arts Center
December 9
South Pomfret
Christ Church
December 7 and 8
Brattleboro Music Center
December 9
 Helen Day Art Center
December 8
Dorset Playhouse
December 7,8,9,14,15,16
Highland Center for the Arts
December 7 and 8
Featured Story
A Shared Vision

We say this often: The Arts Council is committed to building a Vermont where art, culture, and creativity are at the heart of our communities. What does that look like?

 Main Street Arts in Saxtons River provides one example. Art, culture, and creativity are working magic as the organization transitions to new leadership. Read more about it in this week's featured story "Passion at Work."  
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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