Arts News for March 1, 2018   
"Exit on Order," by Jason Galligan Baldwin.
Artists to Watch

"We thought it would be interesting to canvass a selection of guest curators and ask them, 'What artists are on your radar?'" That question, posed by editor, publisher, and curator Ric Kasini Kadour, was the genesis of two exhibits coming to the Spotlight Gallery.

Six guest curators worked with Kadour to identify 25 artists who they believe "are on the verge of doing great things." The first exhibit, "Artists to Watch Part I," opens Friday, March 9, and features work by 11 Vermont artists.

An artist reception will be held Friday, March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Spotlight Gallery, 136 State Street in Montpelier. The second exhibit will open May 4 in conjunction with the Council's annual Garden Party.

Read more about the artists

Learn more about the exhibit in "Why Watch Artists," this week's Featured Story.  
Arts Advocacy Day
Support the Arts! Join us for Arts Advocacy Day

On Thursday, March 15 the State House will be busy - but not just because of budget discussions and bill debates. It's Vermont Arts Advocacy Day, and supporters from around the state will gather to let their legislative representatives know about the impact of the arts in their communities.

To showcase Vermont's creative sector (and entice engagement by legislators) artist Gowri Savoor will be on hand to demonstrate Rangoli, an ancient ephemeral art form practiced throughout India. We welcome you to join us to show your support of arts and creativity in Vermont.
March 8: Poetry Out Loud Semifinals

The Barre Opera House will soon resonate with recitations of contemporary poems brought to life by talented young people. On Thursday, March 8, students from 33 Vermont High Schools will gather for the Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 Semifinals.

Ten students will be selected to compete in the finals on March 15 at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. The finals will be aired live on Vermont PBS' website and then broadcast on Vermont PBS on March 29th at 7 p.m.

Join friends, family, and school groups to experience the beauty of spoken poetry and to cheer for these remarkable Vermont high school students.

Learn more.
The Latchis Theatre was among the institutions honored at the Cultural Facilities Grant reception. (L to R) Rep. Valerie A. Stuart, Rep. Mollie S. Burke, Jon Potter, executive director of the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, Karen Mittelman, executive director of the Vermont Arts Council.
Cultural Facilities Grantee Reception

"Because of this wonderful program, little towns like Huntington get to keep their cultural heritage," said Mariah Riggs to a crowd in the Cedar Creek Room in the State House on February 27. Mariah meant the Cultural Facilities Grant program, one of the five Building Communities Grant programs funded through the State of Vermont Capital Appropriations Budget and distributed by the Vermont Arts Council.

On Tuesday, representatives of sixteen organizations were honored in a reception and invited to share stories of the impact of these grant dollars. Legislators stopped by to celebrate projects in their districts and Governor Phil Scott spoke on the importance of the program. Read about the FY2018 Cultural Facilities Grant recipients.
FY2018 Cultural Facilities Grants helped the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center (top) and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center make improvements to their buildings.
Cultural Facilities Grant Seeker Workshops

The Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and the Preservation Trust of Vermont are partnering to host three workshops in March. Anyone interested in applying for a facilities grant through the Cultural Facilities or Historic Preservation Grant programs is encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

Workshop dates:
  • Wednesday, March 14, Brandon
  • Wednesday, March 21, Weston
  • Tuesday, March 27, Newport

Arts Briefs
The Brandon Artists Guild invites Vermont artists and artisans in all media to apply to become an exhibiting member of the Guild. The deadline for applications is March 19.
  Get the details.
Vermont students in grades 9 to 11 are invited to join the Governor's Institutes of Vermont in the arts, sciences, current events, and more. Applications are accepted through March with sliding scale tuition available.
  Find out how to apply
Vermont Studio Center, the largest international artists and writers residency program in the U.S., seeks a full-time Admissions Manager to oversee all aspects of the VSC Admissions process. The deadline is March 15.
   More information.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

The Front
March 2
Woodstock Little Theater
March 2
Barrette Center for the Arts
through March 18
White River Junction
The Masonic Hall
March 3
Brandon Artists Guild
March 2 to April 30
Phoenix Books
March 7
Lyndon Institute
March 8
Lyndon Center
Town Hall Theatre
March 7
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
March 11
South Pomfret
 Bryan Memorial Gallery
March 10
Brandon Music
March 10
Edgewater Gallery
March 10 to May 4
Featured Story
"Three Girls with Three Pots" by Pamela Smith.
What is it to Watch?

"The more you watch an artist, the deeper the experience of their artwork becomes," says Ric Kasini Kadour. He's describing a familiarity and admiration that develops as a person follows an artist.

What is it to pay attention? How does one keep up? What happens when you continue to show regard? Ric has specific answers to those questions in today's featured story: " Why Watch Artists."

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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