Arts News for September 27, 2018   
FY2019 Grants Support Artists, Organizations, and Schools

(from top) Brattrock, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, Laurel Jenkins, and The Arts Bus were recipients of FY2019 grants.
We are pleased to announce grants to 88 Vermont organizations and artists in our first FY2019 grant round. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts - matched dollar for dollar by the Vermont State Legislature - the Council will distribute $474,488 to support creative endeavors across the state.

"The Council is committed to building a Vermont where art, culture, and creativity are at the heart of our communities," said Executive Director Karen Mittelman. "Through these grants, we help to bring arts experiences to children in Vermont's most rural schools, assist artists in developing their careers, and contribute to building Vermont's cultural infrastructure by making cultural facilities more accessible, open, and innovative."

Grants were awarded in the following categories:

Twelve grants to support activities that enhance the mastery of artists' craft or skills that increase their business viability.

Fourteen grants to fund artist residencies in schools intended to serve as a model for the integration of the arts across the PreK-12 curriculum (additional applications are under review and will be announced in October).

Twelve grants to support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to add vibrancy to Vermont communities by providing equal and abundant access to the arts.

Ten grants to support the creation of new work by Vermont artists.

Thirteen grants to support Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities in projects to enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public.

The second year of   Arts Partnership funding was awarded to twenty-seven Vermont-based nonprofit arts organizations that offer year-round, high-quality arts programs and services.

Learn more about the Council's grant programs.
Spotlight Gallery: 2019 Proposals Invited
The Spotlight Gallery, the Council's in-house exhibit space, just got a facelift! Clutter-free, bright white walls and an updated hanging system provide expanded space and improved viewing. Now we need to fill the space walls with art.  
The Council is accepting proposals from Vermont-based artists for group shows in 2019. We are looking for exhibits that include three or more artists with a thematic connection. Interested? Send a brief proposal outlining your theme and providing links to the artists' work to Spotlight Gallery Proposal. No phone calls please.

Tom Pilon Joins the Team

Tom Pilon likes being around water. Whether scuba diving, boating, or fishing, Lake Champlain is a favorite hangout. He also hangs out at the Arts Council. Tom's engineering background informs an expertise in analysis and managerial accounting, as he handles day-to-day financial operations and supports the goals of the finance director.
Join us in welcoming Tom to the Council team! Read Tom's bio.  
Arts Briefs
The 13th Annual Independent Television Festival, a marketplace for independently produced episodic programming, will take place in Manchester on October 10 to 14. 
  Get the details.
Registration is open for the 2018/19 Vermont Poetry Out Loud program. Last year more than 5,000 students participated statewide. Is your school registered?
    Find out how to register.
Sarah-Lee Terrat will discuss the story behind her mural, "Green and Gold" at the Waterbury State Office Complex on Thursday, October 4 at 3 p.m.
  More information.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Town Hall Theater
September 28

Burlington City Arts
through October 7
Weston Second Stage
through October 21
River Arts
through October 28
Bryan Memorial Gallery
through November 4
Highland Center for the Arts
through December 2
Middlebury College
Dana Auditorium
September 29
Elley-Long Music Center
September 29
118 Elliott
September 29

Stone Valley Arts
September 28 to October 28

Brattleboro Music Center
September 29 and 30
Chandler Center for the Arts
September 29
 Brandon Music
September 29
T.W. Wood Gallery
October 2 to November 2
Bear Pond Books
September 30
Featured Story
Creative Communities Work

Public spaces become different with art. They are not only more beautiful; they are more expressive.

According to Leonardo Vazquez, who will deliver the plenary address at this year's Network Convening, creative placemaking brings a sense of belonging. It has a powerful effect on those who have felt left out. "Artists, famously," says Leo.

Learn more about a big movement in urban planning and get excited to hear Leo speak by reading " Building It Better," 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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