Arts News for July 5, 2018    
Our State's (Not So) Hidden Gem

From top: Masisi Mohamed, Mohamed Bulle, and Bwi Wah (photos by Ned Castle).
All over Vermont, hands clap, feet stamp, and the sounds of ancient folk songs waft through community centers. At the same time, women gather to weave, embroider, and share stories passed down for generations.

This is all taking place within Vermont's New American communities. The state is rich with traditions brought here by refugee artists. Groups come together to preserve, pass on, and share their cultures with each other and new neighbors.

The Council and the Vermont Folklife Center have partnered to highlight the work of these artists through an exhibit opening July 10 in the Spotlight Gallery. " New American Artists: Celebrating Tradition and Culture" features photographs of seven artists and the apprentices and students they work with to sustain their creative practices.

The show is a tribute to the work of Greg Sharrow, who established the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program in 1991. Through this program, Greg worked to promote and preserve the traditional art forms of all Vermonters - old and new.

Join us for an opening reception Tuesday, July 10, 5 - 7 pm. in the Spotlight Gallery, 136 State Street, Montpelier. 
Head Start Arts Integration Grants

Jon Gailmor is a teaching artist in the Head Start Arts Integration Program.
The Council welcomes grant applications for the Head Start Arts Integration Program. These grants support arts-integrated experiences for early education students and teachers in Head Start classrooms. During the past grant year, intensive artist residencies brought the proven benefits of arts-integrated learning to more than 500 Head Start students, building cognitive skills and confidence for Vermont's most vulnerable children.

The program is open to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status, such as arts or social service organizations. The deadline for applications is September 19.

Arts Briefs
Entries for the
2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition are being accepted. The deadline for submissions is September 3, 2018.
Portrait by Tim Okamura.
Performing Arts Readiness is accepting applications for Performing Arts Institutional Emergency Preparedness Planning Grants. The deadline is July 20.
  Find out how to apply
New England Youth Theatre is hiring a technical director responsible for production management and scenic shop activity in support of productions and classes throughout the year. More information.
 Get out and Enjoy Vermont Arts.

downtown locations
July 6
Vermont Supreme Court Gallery
through September 28
Chandler Center for the Arts
July 5 through 8
Second Stage at Walker Farm
July 5 through 28
Highland Center for the Arts
July 6
multilple venues
through July
southern Vermont
Dorset Theatre Festival
through July 14
Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls
through July 31
The Big Barn
July 6
Performing Arts Center
July 6 to 15
Saxtons River

Middlebury College
Mead Chapel
July 6
Hall Art Foundation
July 6
 Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild
through July 28
St. Johnsbury
Willburton Inn
Saturdays, July 7 to 28
Vermont Arts Exchange
July 7
Featured Story
A Lasting Legacy

Only one photo in the upcoming exhibit portrays Gregory Sharrow. That fits. And, it makes sense that the title of the show doesn't mention his name. To honor Greg's work is to honor the work of others. To recognize the art of New Americans is to recognize one small portion of the accomplishments made in a meaningful career. " Celebrating New American Artists" honors Gregory Sharrow and the lasting legacy he established with the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program at the Vermont Folklife Center.
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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