Arts News for December 5, 2019    
When Art Makes the Place
 
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.
 
Read more in this week's featured story: On Placemaking and Public Art
Shop Creatively This Season 

Finding gifts at artisan markets means adding to the creative economy, building community, and ensuring your gifts are truly special. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Craftsbury Academy
December 7
Craftsbury
Contois Auditorium
December 13
Burlington
Chandler Center for the Arts
through December 28
Randolph
Champlain Valley Exposition
December 6-8
Essex Junction
Brattleboro Cotton Mill
December 7-8
Brattleboro
Southern Vermont Arts Center
December 6-8 , 14-15
Manchester
It's Adhesive, not Abrasive
 
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.
 
Read more about the stickers on Rob Hitzig's website or in this article in Seven Days.
 
Maybe you are the next colorful messenger?   
Arts Briefs
Burlington artist Larry Bissonnette is the cover story for the Fall/Winter edition of  Folk Art Messenger, published by the Folk Art Society of America.
Axel's Gallery and Frame Shop in Waterbury needs a mural, and is looking first for a sketch "of a subject that is a nod to our community's strength and resilience."
  Learn more.
The application deadline for communications and outreach director at the  Vermont Arts Council has been extended. Apply by December 18.
  Details here.
Upcoming Events
Garage Cultural Center
through January 12
Montpelier
The Front Gallery
through January 19
Montpelier
Central Vermont Medical Center Art Gallery
through January 11
Berlin
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
through December 21
South Pomfret
Helen Day Arts Center
through December 28
Stowe
Dorset Playhouse
December 6-15
Dorset
BROADWAY DIRECT: CELEBRATING JERRY HERMAN
Vergennes Opera House
December 6
Vergennes
GYPSY REEL: CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Brandon Music
December 7
Brandon
Middlebury Studio School
December 7
Middlebury
_Tis the Season
BELLA VOCE HOLIDAY CONCERTS
 McCarthy Arts Center
St. Michael's College
December 7 and 8
Colchester
River Arts
December 7
Morrisville
Highland Center for the Arts
December 7
Greensboro
Vermont Jazz Center
December 9
Brattleboro
Fletcher Free Library
December 8
Burlington
AMARYLLIS: IN TERRA PAX
two venues
December 8 and 9
Lincoln, Middlebury
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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