Arts News for October 25, 2018   
Creative Convening

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Artists, educators, and community leaders came together last week for a day of inspiration and conversation. Convening to move the Vermont Creative Network forward, the group considered Vermont and its creative sector through a number of lenses - from the poetic to the statistical, the philosophical to the practical.

Following a reading by famed poet and Vermont Arts Council trustee Major Jackson, plenary speaker Leonardo Vazquez - the founder and director of the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking - encouraged everyone to think about leadership and changemaking and how it can influence positive community changes. He challenged the group to consider ways to get past the "tyranny of custom."

Northeast Kingdom (NEK) Creative Zone agent Jody Fried, with consulting team members Melissa Levy and Michael Kane, shared initial findings from the creative economy strategic plan being developed in the NEK. An in-depth discussion about the potential for a statewide expansion of the plan followed in the afternoon.

Honor and its Creator Celebrated
 
Honor, by Karen A. Petersen, at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
More than 130 people gathered on a spectacular autumn day to celebrate the completion of Vermont's newest Art in State Buildings project. Honor, a bronze statue by Braintree artist Karen A. Petersen, offers a place of peace and reflection at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
 
Petersen selected a horse as her subject to acknowledge its integral role in the military since ancient times. Honor is bowing its head in remembrance of a lost companion. The artist chose the Morgan breed because it was developed by Justin Morgan, who lived with his family in Randolph.

During the invocation, The Reverend Mary Lewis Webb referred to the significance of the horse depicted in the sculpture and said "This sturdy, faithful, gentle, home-grown Morgan horse, whose breed was given birth in this state of Vermont, reminds us that it's better to live and thrive in times of peace, as way back when the farm and family named, fed, and loved them. May Peace be the destiny to which we aspire."

Read about the Art in State Buildings Program.
Head Start Arts Integration Grants Awarded

Head Start students in the Burlington City Arts Early Arts program.  
The arts can play a critical role in preparing children for school and life. Extensive research has shown that in very young people, the arts and art activities build enthusiasm, interest, and skills for learning.
 
The Council's Head Start Arts Integration Program reaches children at the earliest stage of their schooling and intentionally focuses on those living in poverty,
dual-language learners, and students with cognitive or behavioral challenges.


For FY2019, the Council is partnering with organizations providing Head Start programs in seven counties. The Head Start Arts Integration Program supports partnerships and programming within five of Vermont's seven regional Head Start programs, offering opportunities for childcare providers to connect with parents and communities to extend this learning beyond the walls of childcare centers.  
 
Seven in the Spotlight

Mary Admasian
Alisa Dworsky
Karen Henderson
Evie Lovett
Hannah Morris
Janet Van Fleet
Kristen M. Watson 
An artist participating in the upcoming Spotlight Gallery show asked if there was a theme. The answer was "fill your wall with work you love." Seven artists will do just that in 7Women, 7Walls opening Friday, November 9. From fiber arts and collage to encaustic and found objects, the work spans the vast artistic landscape of Vermont. 
 
Join us for an artist reception
Friday, November 9
5 to 7 p.m.
Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street
Montpelier
    
Read about the Spotlight Gallery.
Arts Briefs
Arts Connect at Catamount welcomes submissions for its Fourth Annual Juried Show. The deadline is October 29.
  Find out how to apply

Students in grades 7 to 12 are invited to submit work for the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The deadline is December 13.
SafeArt, based in Chelsea, is seeking an executive director. The deadline
is November 16
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More information.
 
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

The Front
through December 2
Montpelier
Weston Playhouse
October 26, 27, 28
Weston
Vermont College of Fine Arts
October 25, 26
Montpelier
FAMILY HALLOWEEN BASH
T.W. Wood Gallery
October 27
Montpelier
STARLINE RHYTHM BOYS
Oldcastle Theatre
October 27
Bennington
Stone Valley Arts
through October 28
Poultney
Becky Graber Sings _Let_s Fall in Love_ with Alki Steriopoulos_ pianist
BECKY GRABER: LET'S FALL IN LOVE
Next Stage
October 27
Putney
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
October 27
Brattleboro
Middlebury College
Dana Auditorium
October 27
Middlebury
VITALY: AN EVENING OF WONDERS
 Chandler Center for the Arts
October 27
Randolph
Brandon Music
October 27
Brandon
Fleming Museum of Art
October 27
Burlington
BETTYE LAVETTE
Fuller Hall
St. Johnsbury Academy
October 26
St. Johnsbury
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
October 27
Stowe
St. Augustine Church
St. Paul's Cathedral
November 3 and 4
Montpelier, Burlington
Featured Story
Twice the Success

Photo by Hubert Schriebl.
The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has operated in Windsor County for over eight decades. An agreement with the Actors Equity Association consistently brings high-quality productions to a venue in a village with a population less than 600. Actors Lloyd Bridges and Christopher Lloyd, designer John Lee Beatty, and composer Adam Guettel are among many of the country's finest stage artists who have nurtured their careers at the historic Weston Playhouse.

Last fall, an additional year-round studio theater opened nearby. The Second Stage at Walker Farm complements the company's summer programming and allows the company to remain a national incubator for the arts and to expand their programming. The first year was an unqualified success. Read more in this week's featured story: Second Stage Brings Second Act.
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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