Arts News for March 29, 2018   
Art in State Buildings: Call to Artists

Artists interested in creating public art take note! RFQs are invited from Vermont artists or artist teams interested in the design, fabrication, and installation of a permanent work of public art at the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Lab in Randolph Center.

The project team envisions an artwork that reflects the goal of the new facility: to ensure that Vermont is a safe place to live, work, and visit. Areas at the site especially suitable for public art include exterior entrances, terraces, grounds, functional elements like sculptural benches or bike racks, and interior public lobbies.

This project is part of Vermont's Art in State Buildings Program administered by the Vermont Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Buildings and General Services. The program is dedicated to enhancing working environments by improving the character and quality of state-owned buildings and public spaces.

Learn more.
Tonight! Poetry Out Loud Finals on VermontPBS
The 2018 Vermont Poetry Out Loud Championship took place on March 15. This evening, the event will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on VermontPBS. Watch nine talented high school students recite poetry from Shakespeare to Laviera with poise, intelligence, and emotion. Can't watch tonight? No worries. The program will be rebroadcast on four additional dates.

Shh ... Sensory Friendly Workshop Offered

Are you interested in learning methods for including sensory-friendly features in your creative offerings? Then mark your calendar for May 9. The Sensory Friendly Workshop and Performance will focus on strategies for helping people with autism feel comfortable and more able to engage with creative activities or performances. A panel will lead discussions about how sensory-friendly experiences look and feel.

The workshop will be followed by a performance of "Shh ... We Have a Plan," which uses a sensory-friendly format to present a nonverbal tale featuring live performers, state-of-the-art puppetry, and delightfully offbeat music.

Wednesday, May 9, 4 p.m.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Nominations for 2018 Arts Awards Welcome
Ellen McCulloch-Lovell (L) with Taryn Noelle at the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards celebration. 
Taryn Noelle - choreographer, theater director, and teacher -  was one of five outstanding Vermonters to be recognized at the Council's 2017 Governor's Arts Awards celebration. Taryn received the Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education for more than twenty years of sharing her talent, expertise, and passion for the arts with Vermonters of all ages.

Awards are presented each year for exceptional individual and organizational contributions to our culture, arts education, and arts advocacy. Do you know someone who fits the bill? Let us know! Learn more about the awards and how to submit a nomination on the Council's website.

Arts Briefs
CERF+ is hiring a deputy director to lead internal operations including finance, planning, budgeting, grants management, office administration, human resources, and IT.
  Get the details.
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center will offer a variety of scholarships for workshop participants during the 2018 summer season. The deadline for applications is April 20.
  Find out how to apply
Burlington City Arts is accepting applications for its Summer Artist Market, a juried market featuring handmade products by Vermont-based artists and artisans.
   More information.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

ArtisTree Community Arts Center
March 30
South Pomfret
Oldcastle Theatre
March 31
The Masonic Hall
March 31
Brandon Music
April 2, 9, 16, 23
White River Gallery @ BALE
April 2 to June 15
South Royalton
Bear Pond Books
April 3
Castleton University Bank Gallery
through April 21
Compass Music and Arts Center
April 6 to June 16
T.W. Wood Gallery
April 2 to 27
 Governor's Gallery
April 3 to June 28
Dorset Playhouse
April 6, 7, and 8
Heartbeet Lifesharing
April 4, 11, 18
 ArtisTree Community Arts Center
April 6
South Pomfret
Vermont State House
April 4
Chandler Center for the Arts
April 6
Featured Story
Arts in Learning? Come Right In!

How do you learn to make art? By making art. How do you learn perseverance, creative problem solving, and self-direction? By making art. As awareness of the value of arts-integrated learning is building, doors are opening for arts teachers and teaching artists.

Read more about that in this week's Featured Story, The Arts Make an Entrance.
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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