Arts News for April 26, 2018   
"Artists to Watch Part II" - Join us for the Opening!

Top to bottom: "Natural Grace" by August Burns, "Ocean" by Jean Cherouny, "Subirdia" by Hannah Morris.
The work of 11 Vermont contemporary artists will fill the walls of the Spotlight Gallery on Friday, May 4. "Artists to Watch Part II" will open with a reception for the artists at 4:30 p.m.

"Artists to Watch" is the brainchild of editor, publisher, and curator Ric Kasini Kadour, who publishes the quarterly Vermont Art Guide. He explained, "We thought it would be interesting to canvass a selection of guest curators and ask them, 'What artists are on your radar?'"

Six guest curators worked with Kadour to identify 25 artists who they believe are exploring new concepts and approaches to contemporary visual art. The first exhibit, "Artists to Watch Part I," was displayed in the gallery during March and April.

"Artists to Watch Part II" Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street, Montpelier

Refreshments will be offered.

Creation Grant Applications Open May 1

Christal Brown was the recipient of an FY2018 Creation Grant.
Artists seeking Creation Grants are invited to submit applications starting May 1, with a deadline of June 28. Creation Grants support the development of new work by Vermont artists. They can fund time, materials, and space rental for artists and artist groups.

Prior to submitting an application, artists are encouraged to attend a Grant Seeker Workshop. At these free events, grant guidelines will be reviewed and questions answered. Council staff members want to help artists construct compelling applications. Take advantage of this opportunity (see article below)!

Grant Seeker Workshops Coming up in May

BrattRock in Brattleboro was the recipient of an FY2018 Arts Impact Grant. Photo by Jessica Weitz.
Are you thinking about applying for an Arts Council grant? If so, we encourage you to attend a Grant Seeker Workshop. These events are designed for both new and experienced grant writers and for organizations and individual artists.

Workshop schedule:

May 16, 2018 | Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
May 17, 2018 | Norwich Public Library, Norwich
May 18, 2018 | Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Register online.

Learn more.
2018 Annual Meeting

The Vermont Arts Council annual meeting will be held Friday, May 4, 3:30 p.m. at the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. During the meeting, new trustees will be confirmed and Executive Director Karen Mittelman will offer a preview of plans for FY2019. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Find out more.
Grant Panelists Needed

The Vermont Arts Council invites nominations and self-nominations for panelists to evaluate grant and teaching artist applications. By contributing time and expertise to this important process, panelists help serve the Vermont arts community. Their careful and thoughtful consideration of applications is critical to the success of the Council's programs. If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Bell at 802.828.3292.

Submit a nomination.
Vermont Poetry Out Loud Champ in Top Nine Nationwide

Photo by James Kegley.
Vera Escaja-Heiss appeared completely unfazed as she crossed the stage to recite "Spanglish," by Tato Laviera. By Wednesday evening, Vera had advanced through the Semifinals to the Finals at the Poetry Out Loud National Competition in Washington D.C. 

Vera has recited under pressure before, having won the Vermont State Finals. But the prestige of the national competition elevates the tension to a whole new level. Vera nailed it! After declaiming two additional poems, she finished in the top nine, capping a whirlwind few days of performing in the national spotlight.

We congratulate Vera on her accomplishment and look forward to her recitation at the State House on May 9 at 1 p.m. Please join us to honor Vera's achievement.

Watch a video of Vera reciting "I Remember, I Remember" by Thomas Hood.
Arts Briefs
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest 2018, themed "interdependence." The deadline is June 22.
   Get the details.
The Town Hall Theater in Middlebury invites applications and referrals for the position of executive director for the 232-seat performing arts venue.
  Find out how to apply
The National Dance Project (NDP) Travel Fund
provides grants for organizations exploring the feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works.  
More information.
 
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Chandler Center for the Arts
April 27
Randolph
Art on Main
April 27
Bristol
Mahaney Center for the Arts
April 27 - 29
Middlebury
NINA DUBOIS: HOLD ME, PET ME, I'M CRYING ABOUT SOMETHING
Castleton University Bank Gallery
April 28 to June 9
Rutland
Bear Pond Books
May 1
Montpelier
The Masonic Hall
April 28
Bennington
Chandler Center for the Arts
April 29
Randolph
River Arts
April 28
Morrisville
Grace Congregational Church
May 4
Rutland
T.W. Wood Gallery
May 1 to June 29
Montpelier
Highland Center for the Arts
May 5
Greensboro
Brandon Artists Guild
May 4 to June 26
Brandon
JUST BLAME COLLEN: AN EVENING OF STANDUP COMEDY
 ArtisTree Grange Theatre
May 5
South Pomfret
Brandon Music
May 5
Brandon
Next Stage
May 5
Putney
Featured Story
Play + Learning = NEST

Drawings by UES first graders depicting their ideas for a new outdoor classroom.
When Norwich University architecture students and Union Elementary School students, teachers, and parents collaborated to develop an outdoor learning space, fanciful ideas were in great supply - from a roller coaster to a rocket launcher. The final design, now under construction, incorporated the perfect mix of creativity, environmental design, and whimsy. Find out how it all came together in " The Meaning of Making," this week's Featured Story.
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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