Arts News for August 1, 2019    
Festival Fury

Genticorum will perform at the  
New World Festival in Randolph.
Does chamber music make your heart sing? Was theater your first arts love? Are you always up for shopping a crafts fair?
 
If any of those things are true, we've got you covered. From folk music to acrobatic feats; from Bennington to Burlington; the next two months are full of festival fun. Find out more in this week's featured story  In the Height of the Season.

Support Federal Arts Funding: Contact Your Senators

The recently passed federal budget agreement is good news for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Americans for the Arts (AFTA) predicts that with this agreement in place, the NEA will likely receive the $12.5 million in additional funding approved by the House earlier this year.

AFTA announced other positive steps toward increasing funding for the arts. After a year of strategic lobbying by AFTA, three additional appropriations items have been approved by the House:  
  • The Defense Department appropriations bill includes language, for the first time, to increase support for creative arts therapists to treat service members with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and psychological health conditions
  • The Veterans Affairs (VA) appropriations bill, also for the first time, dedicates five million dollars to treat veterans with TBI and psychological health conditions through their Whole Health Initiative
  • The Justice Department appropriations bill calls on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to include arts-based juvenile justice programs among its strategies
We join AFTA in urging you to contact your Senators to support arts therapy programs for service members and their families, increase VA creative arts therapy programs, and increase arts interventions in juvenile justice programs.  
 
Save the Date: Cultural Disaster Readiness Convening
 
The first meeting of the newly formed Vermont Arts and Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN) will be held Tuesday, September 10 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. VACDaRN is a partnership of the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, and the Vermont Emergency Management Association. The work of the network is to help the arts and culture sector to mitigate the impact of disasters, ensuring that our communities recover quickly and grow more resilient.

The September meeting will offer a variety of trainings and resources on risk assessment, emergency planning, funding for recovery, and more. Representatives of arts organizations, theaters, galleries, museums, historical societies, libraries, creative businesses, and municipalities as well as performing arts presenters and artists are encouraged to attend.

VACDaRN  is supported by the Performing Arts Readiness Project.

NEFA: Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love
 
Ciara Zadi
In a recent blog post, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) staffer Morganna Becker wrote about some of her favorite profiles in NEFA's CreativeGround database--including that of Vermont artist Ciara Zadi. Ciara uses CreativeGround to get the word out about her skills as a performer, teacher, and choreographer. 
 
CreativeGround is free online directory open to creative people and places at work in the six New England states. It includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts.  

More than three thousand Vermont creatives have profiles in CreativeGround. If you would like to join them, start here.
 
#VTArts251 Treasure Hunt
 
(Clockwise from top left) South Burlington, Montgomery, Middlesex, Glover, Wolcott, Hancock.    
In June, we asked our readers to join in a challenge: photo-document the arts in each of Vermont's 251 towns. The response has been amazing, with residents from across the state sending us images of creativity in their communities.
 
This week, we are launching a new contest. Below are ten towns from different areas in Vermont. Everyone who sends in a photo of the arts in one (or more!) of these towns will receive a brand new #VTArts251 window sticker. You can also post a photo on Facebook or Instagram with the #VTArts251 hashtag. 
 
Summer is the perfect time to explore Vermont's spectacular landscape. Where will you discover a Vermont arts gem?
 
Ten towns: Alburg, Belvidere, Caanan, Dover, Essex, Fayston, Goshen, Hubbardton, Isle La Motte, Johnson. 
 
Arts Briefs
Northern Stage seeks a company manager for the 2019-2020 season in its 240-seat theater in White River Junction. The deadline is August 31.
River Arts in Morrisville invites artists for Of The Earth, An Environmental Sculpture Exhibition, a forty-eight hour popup show of sculptural pieces in the Gallery at River Arts. The deadline is August 10.
Learn more.
The White River Craft Center in Randolph seeks a program and outreach coordinator to create and implement a community outreach plan. The deadline is August 16.
 Find out how to apply.
Upcoming Events
Where are the arts in your town? #VTArts251 
VERMONT PRIDE THEATER FESTIVAL PRESENTS: A LATE SNOW
Chandler Center for the Arts
August 2
Randolph
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
August 3 to September 22
Brattleboro
Highland Center for the Arts
August 3
Greensboro
COMEDY OF ERRORS: ACADEMY THEATRE'S SHAKESPEARE OUTDOORS
St. Johnsbury Academy
August 1 to 4
St. Johnsbury
Bear North Festival
Mt. Ellen
August 2 and 3
Fayston
Dorset Theatre Festival August 1 to 17
Dorset
KAREN FINLEY: GRABBING PUSSY/ PARTS UNKNOWN
Next Stage Arts Project
August 2
Putney
Waitsfield Church of Christ
August 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
Waitsfield
Brandon Music
August 3
Brandon
SHE SINGS OUT LOUD SHOWCASE
North Branch Café
August 2
Montpelier
Vermont History Museum
August 3
Montpelier
College Hall Chapel
August 6
Montpelier
North Chapel Back Lawn
August 2
Woodstock
THE BEYOND GALLERY GRAND OPENING
The Beyond Gallery
August 2 to September 29
Bennington
CASPIAN MONDAY MUSIC PRESENTS: ENSEMBLE AUBADE
Caledonia Grange #9
August 5
East Hardwick
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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