Arts News for July 18, 2019    
Two Years in Tree Time

SiteTime : Cordwood : Slumping
Photo by Renee Greenlee.
"Although separate and without eye contact, we felt connected, just like trees connect and create a complex system. Slumping was a meditation on tree time--nature can't be rushed, only observed and joined."

So said Erika Senft Miller about the opening performance for SiteTime : Cordwood in October 2017. The installation in the Council's Sculpture Garden made by Erika, Nancy Winship Milliken, and Michael Zebrowski has changed since then. The final iteration, Sharing, is on display in the Garden and the Spotlight Gallery. Time lapse video, screen prints, and other artifacts are up through August 30.

Find out more in this week's featured story, Sliding Into Tree Time.
John Killacky: Arts and the Creative Economy

Photo by Frederic Silberman.
John Killacky has been a passionate advocate and supporter of the arts in Vermont for more than a decade. Now that the Vermont legislative season is over, Rep. Killacky has been getting out into the community--particularly to arts events.  
 
In a recent commentary published in The Other Paper, John noted that he was reminded on his road trips of "how essential cultural organizations are to the vitality of each of their communities, and how the arts are, in fact, economic drivers in urban and rural economic development."
 
In the article, John cites a recent Vermont Creative Network study showing that the creative economy in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom employs 3,327 individuals, 9.4% of the workforce of 35,500. He also states that "As a legislator, I feel Vermont can do more for the arts."
 
Levitt AMP Music Series Grant
 
Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain
The third season of the
Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series is underway, promising a full lineup of national and regional acts throughout the summer. This successful program held at Dog Mountain is funded, in part, by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.
 
The Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for its 2020 music series. Funding is available to small and mid-sized towns and cities across the U.S. Fifteen grantees will be awarded $25,000 each in matching funds to produce a free outdoor concert series. Grant applications are due by September 20.  
 
Find more information about Levitt AMP grants.  
Arts Briefs
Registration is open for the Vermont Community Leadership Summit on August 12. Register to share success stories, gain new skills, and build a vision for the future of community leadership in Vermont. 
Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman will present a reading during Bookstock 2019. The festival takes place from July 26 to 28 in Woodstock.
Learn more.
Our Town Grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. the deadline is August 8
  Find out how to apply.
Upcoming Events
Where are the arts in your town? #VTArts251 
World Premiere
DIG: WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY THERESA REBECK
Dorset Theatre Festival
through July 27
Dorset
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
July 20
Enosburg Falls
Clemmons Family Farm
July 20
Charlotte
MICHAEL ARNOWITT PLAYS COPLAND
Bryan Memorial Gallery
July 20
Jeffersonville
STOWE ARTS WEEK
multiple venues
July 20 to 28
Stowe
Persons Auditorium
Marlboro College
July 20 and 21
Marlboro
Brattleboro Music & Arts Center
July 20
Brattleboro
Grange Theatre
July 18 to 20
South Pomfret
Northern Daughters Gallery
July 18 to August 31
Vergennes
FOLKLIFE CENTER BENEFIT CONCERT WITH PETE'S POSSE
Old West Church
July 21
Calais
Shelburne Farms
July 21
Shelburne
Wardsboro Town Hall
July 20
Wardsboro
Bridge Street and other locations
July 19 and 20
Waitsfield
Soapbox Arts
July 20
Burlington
BACK ROADS READINGS
Brownington Congregational Church
July 21
Brownington
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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