The silo murals in Jeffersonville are one outcome of the Animating Infrastructure Grant program managed by Michele.
Michele Bailey recently traveled to Denver, Colorado to present at a conference with partners from the Vermont chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP VT). Michele has years of experience and deep appreciation for the power of placemaking; she gained more of both at the event.
Importantly, Michele found she was one among many. She was inspired by people from all across the country incorporating the arts in community projects of all sizes.
She wrote about the experience, noting that it is not hard to get started, and offering several helpful resources.
Rob Hitzig realized on a road trip that most bumper stickers made him "feel anxious and uncomfortable" whether he agreed with the sentiment or not. He wanted to do the opposite.
Rob made stickers that don't have words. He explained "They intentionally say nothing, and thereby leave space for the viewer to think for themselves, perhaps even engaging in a dialog (if only mentally) with the image or even the other driver." He is currently distributing his fiftieth edition.
The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from theNational 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.