Arts News for October 10, 2019    
Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month!

The Devil in the Valley by Vermont author Castle Freeman, shared on Instagram for "On my Bookshelf" day.
Last week, Governor Phil Scott proclaimed October as Vermont Arts and Humanities Month, joining the coast-to-coast recognition of the importance of arts and culture in the U.S. In partnership with the Governor's office, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Humanities Council are shining a spotlight on the many cultural activities that take place every day in the Green Mountain State.

The mission of National Arts and Humanities Month is to:
  • focus on the arts at local, state, and national levels
  • encourage individuals and organizations to participate in the arts
  • allow governments and businesses to show their support of the arts
  • raise public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives
Get involved! Vermont's Arts and Humanities Councils are participating in a nationwide Instagram campaign with the hashtag #ShowYourArt2019. There is a new theme each day. Friday, October 11 is "Inspired by . . .," Saturday is "Poetry," and Sunday is "Museums and Galleries." See all of the upcoming themes here. Celebrate the arts and humanities in your life-- #ShowYourArt2019.
Crowdfunding for Creative Solutions
 
Plena Cangrejera, a multidisciplinary street exhibit in Puerto Rico, is crowd funding through Artists Lead!
Across America, artists are stepping into civic life and using their skills to creatively address local issues. To support this grassroots movement, ArtPlace America is partnering with ioby to offer a new grant program called Artists Lead!  
 
Artists Lead! supports creative people with great ideas for collaborative solutions to community needs. The program provides one-on-one fundraising support and up to $15,000 in match funding to bring innovative community projects to life.
 
RSVP Now for the Vermont Arts Awards
 
Mahaney Arts Center Robison Concert Hall. 
On October 23, five distinguished Vermonters will be honored at the annual Vermont Arts Awards ceremony in the beautiful Mahaney Arts Center on the Middlebury College campus. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception followed by the awards presentation in the Robison Concert Hall. A chorus, led by Middlebury College Community Choir director Jeff Rehbach, will perform a selection of songs from the African American spiritual tradition, selected by François Clemmons, recipient of the 2019 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.
 
The Middlebury College Museum of Art will remain open until 7 p.m. so that attendees can browse the exhibits.
 
The Vermont Arts Awards event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
 
 
Vermont Arts Awards 2019 Recipients 
 
 (l to r): François Clemmons, Castle Freeman, Joan Robinson, James Lockridge, Douglas Anderson. 
Arts Briefs
Submissions of original poetry are invited for the Voicing Art Poetry Reading on October 19. Works may be inspired by Mercedes Bautista's Joy and Other Acts of Resistance exhibit at Flynndog Gallery
Get the details.
Calling all Vermont creatives_
The Vermont Creative Network is conducting a survey of artists, creative freelancers, and small creative business owners. Your participation will support accurate measurment Vermont's creative sector.
Complete the survey.
The Public Art Learning Fund provides small grants to support professional development opportunities for New England artists to strengthen their public art practices. The deadline is November 12.
Upcoming Events
Robison Concert Hall
Mahaney Arts Center
October 11
Middlebury
Poultney Public Library
Through October 31
Poultney
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
October 11
South Pomfret
BURNHAM MUSIC PRESENTS: LAST TRAIN TO ZINKHOV
Burnham Hall
October 12
Lincoln
WORLD PREMIERE OF ESAI'S TABLE
Briggs Opera House
October 10 to 27
White River Junction
Highland Center for the Arts
October 12
Greensboro
St. Johnsbury Academy/Barre Opera House
October 12 and 13
St. Johnsbury/Barre
Vermont Jazz Center
October 12
Brattleboro
Mt. Snow Resort
October 12 and 13
West Dover
BAKER & TARPAGA DANCE PROJECT: WHEN BIRDS REFUSED TO FLY
 Mahaney Arts Center
Dance Theatre
October 12
Middlebury
180 Flynn Avenue
October 11
Burlington
Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill
October 12
Poultney
Vergennes Opera House
October 12
Vergennes
Ripton Road
October 12 and 13
Lincoln
RICHARD WOOD AND GORDON BELSHER
Barre Elks Lodge
October 13
Barre
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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