Arts News for April 11, 2019    
Vermont. Poetry. Everywhere.

Aria, poetry lover and spokesdog for the Quirky Pet in Montpelier. Photo by Richard Sheir.
It was no joke when, on April 1, printed poems began appearing in Montpelier caf és, storefronts, and even at the Quirky Pet! Poem City is a monthlong celebration of verse now in its tenth year. Hundreds of poems--written by Vermonters of all ages--are displayed throughout the downtown. In addition, there is a full schedule of readings, workshops, and an All-Ages Anything Goes! Slam at Lost Nation Theater.

Montpelier is not alone in its love of poetry. Poem Town celebrations are also taking place in Randolph and St. Johnsbury. The April 25 grand finale in Randolph promises to "fuse poetry and music in a passionate and surprising mash-up"! Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury is presenting a series of free films in honor of National Poetry Month.

There are nineteen more days in April. Get out and enjoy poetry!

Find more information:
PoemTown Randolph
PoemTown St. Johnsbury
The Work of Poets
 
Photo courtesy Lizzy Fox.
If, indeed, the pen is mightier than the sword, Vermont's writers stand us in good stead. Truths are put to words, visions emerge. Poetry helps us to know what we know.

April is the time to celebrate this art, and the beings who make it. Find out more in this week's featured story:   Hail the Poets!.
Welcome Dominique
 
 
Dominique Gustin, the newest member of the Council staff, intends to "provide the best possible support for Vermont's dynamic artistic community." In her job as artist services manager, Dominique is responsible for managing grant-making opportunities and support services for individual artists.  
 
As a practicing artist, Dominique has a deep understanding of joys--and challenges--of leading a creative life. She also brings an extensive background in arts administration, having served as River Arts' executive director for twelve years.  
 
Please join us in welcoming Dominique!  
 
Grant Seeker Workshops: Arts Impact

The Arts Bus in Randolph received a FY2019 Arts Impact Grant.
Does your organization offer programs that aim to expand access to the arts for all? Are you working to identify and break down barriers to arts participation within your community? If so, a Vermont Arts Council Arts Impact Grant may be the support you need. These grants are available to schools, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations that are working to add vibrancy to Vermont communities by providing equal and abundant access to the arts.
 
Grant seeker workshops will be held April 23, 24, and 25 in Saxtons River, Rutland, and Morrisville. Representatives of organizations planning to apply are encouraged to attend.
 
Grant Seeker Workshops: Creation

Essayist and poet Brian Michael Murphy received an FY2019 Creation grant. 
Creation Grants support Vermont artists in developing new work. Grant funds may be used as payment for time spent creating work, to rent equipment or space for the process, or to purchase materials. The FY2020 grant round is open and the deadline is June 3.
 
Anyone considering an application for a Creation Grant is encouraged to attend one of the workshops on April 23, 24, or 25 in Saxtons River, Rutland, and Morrisville.

Arts Briefs
Yellow Barn in Putney seeks a general manager to focus on three interwoven institutional priorities: established programs, new initiatives, and the fiftieth anniversary campaign. The deadline for applications is May 15.
  Get the details.
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announced the Shouldice Family Prize for Best Vermont-Made Film. The inaugural $1,000 award will be presented at the fifth Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers
Festival in August.
  Learn more.
MakerSphere is now leasing studio space in downtown Waterbury. Solo or shared spaces available with natural light, a locking door, and ventilation. Rent includes internet, utilities, access to a shared kitchen, and the use of a common, flex space.
Find out more.
Upcoming Events
Barrette Center for the Arts
April 10 to May 19
White River Junction
Vermont Jazz Center
April 12 to 14
Brattleboro
T.W. Wood Gallery
April 12
Montpelier
MUD SEASON BLUES BENEFIT CONCERT
Latchis Theatre
April 12
Brattleboro
HANNAH SESSIONS: KEEP IT SIMPLE
Northern Daughters Gallery
through May 31
Vergennes
Moretown Old Town Hall
April 12
Moretown
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Noble Lounge
April 12
Montpelier
Studio Place Arts
April 12
Barre
Highland Center for the Arts
April 13
Greensboro
SOLARIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE SPRING CONCERT: A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
 multiple venues
April 12,13,14
multiple locations
The Engine Room
April 17
White River Junction
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
April 13
Stowe
Mount Mansfield Union High School
April 13 and 14
Jericho
Main Street Arts
through May 10
Saxtons River

MIDDLEBURY ACTORS WORKSHOP PRESENTS: ADA AND THE ENGINE
Town Hall Theater
April 11 to 14
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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