Arts News for June 21, 2018   
NEK Creative Economy is on the Move!

Catamount Arts, WonderArts, and Circus Smirkus are among the many creative sector organizations in the NEK.
The Northeast Kingdom's creative sector is amping up! The Vermont Creative Network, in conjunction with the Vermont Arts Council and Northeast Kingdom (NEK) arts and community leaders, has formed an advisory group to develop an NEK creative economy action plan.

With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Vermont Community Foundation, the advisory group will work with a consulting team on this six-month project. The resulting plan will focus on moving NEK's creative sector forward and raising community awareness of the power and potential of the creative economy.

"We know that the NEK has a wealth of cultural assets with significant untapped potential," said Jody Fried, Catamount Arts executive director and chair of the Vermont Creative Network steering team. "Through this action plan, we will harness the energies of organizations and individuals throughout the NEK to benefit the economy and improve the quality of life for all NEK residents."
Organizers intend for the NEK project to serve as a model that can be used to create individualized regional data and action steps for other areas of the state.

The Vermont Creative Network is a broad collective of organizations, businesses, and individuals working to advance Vermont's creative sector. The Network includes visual arts and crafts, performing arts, literary arts and publishing, film and media design, culture and heritage, and artisan foods. To keep up with the progress on the action plan, sign up to receive Notes From Outside the Box, the Network's monthly e-newsletter.

Read an interview with Jody Fried about the NEK project in the Caledonia Record.
Deadline for Artist Funding: Coming Soon!

Interdisciplinary artist Madsen Minax received an FY2018 Creation Grant.
The last day to submit a Creation Grant application is Thursday, June 28. This funding for individual artists supports time, materials, and/or space rental during the development of a new creative work. Recent grants have been used to support a dance collaboration, the writing and production of a musical score, and the creation of a theatrical piece that documents the stories of female veterans.

John Killacky's Legacy of Inclusion

It's hard to imagine that John Killacky is stepping down from his role as executive director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. The impact John made during his eight-year tenure at the Burlington-based arts center is significant. He increased funding, improved the facility, and expanded programming. But possibly John's most lasting contribution is how he embraced -  and fought for - access and inclusion. He talked about his career at the Flynn in a recent interview with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb.

"I would say I expanded - didn't start, I expanded - a lot of inclusion and access, and about 7,000 kids are coming for free. Because if any kid is on free or reduced-lunch at school we don't ask them or their families to pay the $8.50 to come to a student matinee.

"We also work with 85 social service agencies - like the Howard Center, COTS, Spectrum - and we give $2 vouchers for their clients to come, because we want everybody to feel like it's their place. Our FlynnArts classes - we have about 1,500 folks who take classes with us, from an 85-year-old tapper to young toddlers singing with their parents and caregivers in the morning. We give about $30,000 worth of scholarships."

All of Vermont is indebted to John for his steadfast dedication and passion. For eight years, he has worked to break down barriers and ensure that the arts are available to everyone - from 85-year-old tappers to toddlers. We look forward to his second act (in Vermont, that is).
Arts Briefs
The Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier seeks a new executive director to work in partnership with the board of directors to help shape the vision of the organization.
  Find out how to apply.
Vermont artist/activist and Bread and Puppet Theater founder
Peter Schumann is the recipient of the Herb Lockwood Prize in the Arts. He received the $10,000 award during a ceremony at Burlington City Arts.
Studio Place Arts in Barre is offering an 11-month studio residency program at no charge to an emerging artist from the greater Barre/Montpelier area. The application deadline is August 10.
  Get the details.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events
Immanuel Episcopal Church
June 22
Bellows Falls
The Front
June 22
Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls
June 22 to 24
Vermont College of Fine Arts Campus
June 22 and 23
Town Hall Theatre
through June 30
Main Stage at Weston Playhouse
June 21 to July 7
Mahaney Center for the Arts
June 28
Brandon Music
June 23
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
June 23
Enosburg Falls
 Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
June 23 and 24

Woodstock History Center Back Lawn
June 28
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
June 23
South Pomfret
 Leslie Fry Studio
June 30 to July 1
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
June 28 to August 12
multiple dates
June 29 to August 19
multiple locations
Featured Story
Museums of a Different Sort

A radio program that gives "intelligence for your life" recently warned listeners they're more likely to spend money when the sun's out. This summer, fight the urge with eight Vermont museums you can visit on the cheap. More than just a bargain, each one has something truly unique to offer. Find out where to experience the best in organs, birds, and puppets in this week's Featured Story, " Eight Vermont Museums: Each One-of-a-Kind."
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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