Arts News for June 20, 2019    
Animate, Rejuvenate, Improve

The Waterbury Special, by Phillip Godenschwager, funded in part by a Vermont Arts Council Animating Infrastructure Grant. Photo by Gordon Miller.
Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety. the work also brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired. These are conclusions outlined in the white paper Creative Placemaking; the Arts Council supports these same ideas. And, with the help of three placemakers in Vermont, we dig in to the how and why of the activity in this week's featured story, What Placemakers Say.


Burlington City Arts Wins Creative Economy Award

L to R: Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman, Sarah Katz, Doreen Kraft, NEFA Executive Director Kathy Edwards. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur. 
Burlington City Arts (BCA) received the prestigious Organizational Leadership Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). The award was presented at the Creative Communities Exchange held June 6 and 7 in Montpelier.  
 
BCA was honored for the exceptional leadership and cumulative work of the organization on behalf of Burlington'--and Vermont's--creative economy. One of the first municipal departments in the nation to be designated as cultural planner, BCA has successfully integrated the arts into planning for economic development, education, and urban design.

Congratulations to Executive Director Doreen Kraft, Assistant Director Sarah Katz, and the entire BCA team. Your efforts have strengthened Vermont's creative economy, enlivened Burlington's downtown, and provided arts experiences to thousands of Vermont residents and visitors for more than thirty-five years. Well done!  
 
Make Music Day!
 
Some of the Make Music Montpelier performers are: (top l to r) Mikahely, Anni Paisley, Bryan Blanchette, and (bottom) Chaque Fois! 
On Friday, music will fill parks, street corners, front porches, and Montpelier's Main Street. All over Vermont, people will celebrate Make Music Day.
 
Vermont Make Music Day is part of an annual worldwide celebration that takes place on June 21 in more than one hundred and twenty countries and one thousand cities across the globe.

Thanks to a generous grant from Montpelier Alive, with funds from the Montpelier Downtown Improvement District, the Vermont Arts Council is hosting a stage at City Hall Plaza in Montpelier. The lineup includes The Standard Deviations, Bruce Colgrove, and Kick 'em Jenny. The event will get underway at noon, with a toe-tapping, foot-stomping set of Cajun music by Chaque Fois! 

Find out where to hear music in your community.
#VTArts251 Challenge

_VTArts251
a neuro-ecological landscape, by Meg Hammond, at Camp Meade in Middlesex.  
June 21 marks the first day of summer and the launch of a new #VTArts251 campaign. From the beginning of summer to the start of winter, we intend to highlight the arts in every town and village in Vermont. That means more than one town per day (did you know that Vermont has exactly 251 towns?).
 
Help us reach this goal! As you get out and about this summer, take moment to snap a pic of the arts in your community (or one you happen to visit). It could be a work of public art, a town square concert, a plein air artist, or someone strumming a guitar on a front porch.  
 
Share your photo on social media using #VTArts251, or send it to us. We'll post it and include it in ArtMail. Don't forget to include your name, the name of the artist or group, and--of course--the town.  
 
Send your images to info@vermontartscouncil.org
Arts Briefs
The deadlines for the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town and Art Works Grants are coming up. Learn more about grants for artists, organizations, and communities.
Get the details.
( The Vermont Studio Center --pictured above--received an FY2019 Art Works Grant).
The Addison/Rutland County Vermont Creative Network Zone will host a panel discussion entitled The Arts and Thriving Communities on June 29 at the Opera House in Rutland.
The Community Engagement Lab invites you to Tacos & Teaching Artists, a fun and delicious networking-dinner-workshop-brainstorming-support-group kind of event on June 24 in Montpelier.
  Learn more.
Upcoming Events
PETE'S POSSE: MUSIC BY THE RIVER
North Chapel Back Lawn
June 21
Woodstock
Helen Day Art Center
June 22 to August 24
Stowe
Main Street Landing Black Box Theater
June 22
Burlington
ARTIST RECEPTION FOR JOB SITE AND SARAH AMOS: UNIQUE MULTIPLES
Burlington City Arts
June 21
Burlington
DAMASCUS KAFUMBE: MUSIC AS A VERB
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
June 22
Enosburg Falls
Town Hall Theater Jackson Gallery
June 21 to August 4
Middlebury
Castleton University Bank Gallery
through August 10
Rutland
Classic Revival_ Noel Coward_s PRIVATE LIVES_ directed by Evan Yionoulis
Dorset Theatre Festival
June 20 to July 6
Dorset
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
June 22 and 23
Vergennes
THE SUMMER REVELS: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VERMONT TOWN
 two venues
June 21 and 22
South Pomfret and Norwich
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
June 22
Brattleboro
Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill
June 21
Poultney

Highland Center for the Arts
June 22
Greensboro
South Burlington High School
June 22 and 23
South Burlington
THE WYLD NIGHTZ BAND
Wardsboro Town Hall
June 21
Wardsboro
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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