Arts News for April 13, 2017  
Former Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea at a poetry reading in Randolph.
April is National Poetry Month: So Many Ways to Celebrate

Vermont is a poetry-infused state, ranking near the top in poets per capita. It's no surprise, therefore, that in April opportunities to enjoy the art of poetry are abundant.

In Montpelier, there are readings, workshops, and the return of "Judevine," a play by beloved Vermont poet David Budbill (at Lost Nation Theater April 20 through May 7). Budbill's work is also central to an April 22 performance by Capital City Concerts (see the Featured Story). Everywhere you look, there is an original work on display, courtesy of PoemCity and downtown businesses.

Down the road, Randolph's PoemTown offers readings, workshops, and a Pie and Poetry closing celebration at the Chandler Center for the Performing Arts. For those in the Middlebury area, New England Review's Vermont Reading Series will present an evening with four writers, including poet Bianca Stone.

There are also events in the Northeast Kingdom, Rochester, Jericho, Burlington, and on Vermont PBS.

Celebrate National Poetry month. Attend a reading, visit a shop with poetry in the window, or write your own poem!
Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord reads "The Genius of His Own House," a poem he wrote in honor of Alex Aldrich. 
The Vermont Legislature and Poet Laureate
Honor Alex Aldrich

A joint resolution praising Alex Aldrich's contributions to the arts was presented Tuesday in the Vermont State House. Poet Laureate Chard deNiord read two poems, including "The Genius of His Own House," written especially for the occasion. Rep. Bill Botzow thanked Alex for his service and recalled that more than 20 years ago he helped select Alex to lead the Council. The event ended with a standing ovation for the departing executive director.

Read Chard deNiord's tribute to Alex here.

Help Drama Thrive at the Integrated Arts Academy

With your assistance, the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) could receive up to $100,000 towards its drama program. The students at the school created a video about the power of drama as an integrated part of a child's education. The piece was produced for a competition sponsored by A Community Thrives (ACT). Watch the IAA entry here and vote!
It's Time to Wash Your Car!

Winter is over. There is no excuse for salt-encrusted bumpers and mud-splashed windows. it's time to spiff up your ride and proclaim your support for the arts with a Vermont Arts 2017 sticker.

It's easy! Just send us your mailing address and we will send you this handsome auto accessory. Order your sticker now! (and don't forget to wash your windows)

Please send me a Vermont Arts 2017 window sticker.
Arts Briefs
Lyric Theatre Company, a Williston-based nonprofit, is accepting applications for executive director.
  Find out how to apply.
Students are invited to register for Tap into Film, a 2-day student film competition and educational film-focused weekend.
  Get the details
Big Heavy World invites musicians to participate in Make Music Vermont 2017, a free statewide music festival.
  More information.
Upcoming Vermont Arts 2017 Events
Compass Music and Art Center
April 15
Norwich University
April 14
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
April 14
South Pomfret
Henry Sheldon Museum
April 19
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
Through May 6
South Pomfret
The Barrette Center
for the Arts
April 19 to May 21
White River Junction
Lost Nation Theater
April 20 to May 7
St. Michael's College
April 21
Mahaney Center for the Arts
April 22
Unitarian Church
April 22
 North End Studios
April 22
The Austine Gym
April 22
Brandon Music
April 22
Featured Story
ItFitsIt Fits!

Mixing poetry and music? That's a natural fit. Mixing flute, soprano, bass, and piano? Well ... definitely, if you're Capital City Concerts. Karen Kevra commissioned Evan Premo to write a poetic piece for just that combination. Find out how it happened in this week's featured story " At Seventeen and Prime."

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