Arts News for August 16, 2018   
Travel the World With the Arts

Good news Vermonters! You can have a staycation this summer and still explore the world. Venture from Tuva to West Africa through the arts as rhythms and sounds from around the globe fill the Vermont air.

If you want active engagement, consider a workshop with a contemporary dance company that mixes Japanese culture with street dance. Or, head to the mountains for the Stowe Tango Music Festival, which will offer a range of events and classes. You might even want to join other musicians and dancers for the Tango Jam!

Grab your passport and start planning your itinerary:

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
August 17
Brattleboro
Highland Center for the Arts
August 17 and 18
Greensboro
History Center Back Lawn
August 17
Woodstock
Brandon Music
August 18
Brandon
Highland Center for the Arts
August 25
Greensboro
multiple venues
August 16 to 19
Stowe
Vermont Teen Named National Student Poet
 
Photo courtesy National Student Poets Program
Burlington High School senior Alexandra Contreras-Montesano has been selected as one of five 2018 National Student Poets. She was
chosen from thousands of students to receive the nation's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.

Alexandra will serve as a literary ambassador throughout the Northeast region, participating in service projects and presenting workshops and public readings. She will also receive a $5,000 academic award.

The National Student Poets Program is an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. In Vermont, the program is administered by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. To be considered for appointment, students must first receive a National Medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which recognizes and celebrates the country's most creative teens.

Congratulations to Alexandra! We look forward to seeing (and hearing) her as she shares her passion for poetry and literacy in communities throughout Vermont and the region.

 Read about the awards in the Washington Post.
Animating Infrastructure: the Sky's the Limit

Sarah Rutherford was commissioned to design and paint murals on two silos in Jeffersonville. Photo courtesy of the artist. 
Picture a rusty old railroad bridge enlivened by a fantastical silver train chugging across its span. Or, envision a pair of abandoned silos transformed by colorful murals reaching to the sky. These images are real - and they were made possible through the Council's Animating Infrastructure program.  
 
Animating Infrastructure Grants support projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. The goal is to help communities improve livability, walkability, or vibrancy by creating infrastructure projects where function and art are one and the same.
 
The Council is now accepting letters of intent for Animating Infrastructure projects and will hold grant seeker workshops this fall. Get in touch. We want to help find ways to give your community a bit of creative love.
 
Schools Take Note: Artist Residency Grants are Available

Students at Barnet School worked with Burlington Taiko. Photo by Sue Persson. 
The Artists in Schools program is a win-win-win. Schools gain access to arts professionals trained in integrating arts into the curriculum. Students are provided a creative experience with an artist and an opportunity to explore new ways of learning. Teaching artists share their expertise with both students and teachers - and get a paycheck!

Applications are being accepted for the 2018-19 school year. Artists in Schools Grants fund artist residencies of up to ten days and serve as a model for the integration of the arts across the PreK-12 curriculum.

Information about previous Artists in Schools residencies.

Find out how to apply.  
Arts Briefs
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain seeks artists, architects, and makers to create original artworks as part of the Innovation Playground 2.0.
  Learn more.
The Bennington Writing Seminars is accepting applications for its new Donald Hall Poetry Scholarship. The deadline is September 1.
  Get the details.
Indiana State University seeks an artist to provide a work of art focused on the health and well-being of humankind. The work will be installed in a new building on the campus.
   Read the RFQ.
 
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Christ Church
August 19
Guilford
Oldcastle Theatre Company
through August 19
Bennington
multiple venues
August 18 to 26
multiple locations
NATURAL INSTINCTS
GreenTARA
through August 26
North Hero
CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Chandler Center for the Arts
August 18 and 25
Randolph
UNBOUND VOL. VIII
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
through August 25
South Pomfret
GAIL SALZMAN: UNKNOWN TIME AND PLACE
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
 August 24 to October 2
Shelburne
ANN
Dorset Theatre Festival
August 29 to September 1
Dorset
Highland Center for the Arts
through September 9
Greensboro
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
 Weston Playhouse
through September 2
Weston
Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls
through August 31
Middlebury
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
August 23 to September 8
South Pomfret
VOICES: A SELECTION OF ZEA MAYS PRINTMAKERS
 Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
through September 30
Brattleboro
History Center Back Lawn
August 24
Woodstock
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
August 25
Enosburg Falls
Featured Story
Transformations Coming Up

Hip-hop class at Barnard Academy. Photo by Linda Treash.
What do marionettes, mapmaking, and hip-hop have in common? They're all great ways to bring arts-integrated learning into schools. How about murals and mosaics? They're community builders. Vermont, it's time to get some projects under way.

Animating Infrastructure and Artists in Schools Grants are both currently open for application. These programs have big impacts. Read more about that in this week's featured story: " Let the Renewed Work Begin!"
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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