Arts News for November 7, 2019    
Vermont's New Poet Laureate

Mary Ruefle. Photo by Matt Valentine.
Bennington poet Mary Ruefle was appointed poet laureate by Governor Phil Scott on October 28. The governor welcomed Mary to her post and paid tribute to the outgoing laureate, Chard deNiord, at a gathering in the Arts Council office.

In his remarks, Governor Scott noted "This is my first opportunity as governor to appoint our poet laureate and I am honored and pleased that Mary Ruefle has accepted the position. During the rigorous selection process led by a panel of experts in the literary arts, Mary was called 'one of the best poets in America.' Panel members commended Mary's originality, imaginative writing, and wit. They agreed that she is a poet 'at the height of her powers,' making her nomination as Vermont's poet laureate in 2019 timely and appropriate."

Congratulations, Mary!

I AM . . . Opening in the Spotlight Gallery
Giant Asian Girl from the Giantess Collection by Misoo. 
From choreography to spoken word and watercolor painting, I AM . . . reflects the creative inspiration of twenty-seven individuals and explores what it means to be a Vermont artist. The show
culminates the first year of the I am a Vermont Artist series, which documents how artists' works reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age.
The exhibit opens Friday, November 8, with an artists' reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
I AM . . . Opening Reception:
Friday, November 8
5 to 7 p.m.
Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street
Read more about the exhibit in I AM Speaks for Itself.
Both the Vermont Arts Council Office and the Vermont History Museum are physically accessible for participants who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids, and those who prefer not to use stairs. If you have questions, please contact Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator, by sending an email or by calling 802.828.3294. Voice and relay calls welcome.
I AM . . . Panel Discussion
Clockwise from top left: Toby MacNutt, Will Kasso Condry, Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Shanta Lee Gander, Cristal Brown. 
A panel discussion will be held prior to the opening reception for I AM . . . The conversation, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, will be moderated by Shanta Lee Gander and will include: Christal Brown (dancer and choreographer), Toby MacNutt (disabled multidisciplinary artist, author, and teacher), Will Kasso Condry (mural artist, educator, and community organizer), and Vera Longtoe Sheehan (Abenaki culture bearer, master artist, educator, and activist). The panelists will explore the ways in which their own art forms and life experiences inform their work as Vermont artists.

Join us for a lively discussion!

I AM . . . Panel Discussion
Friday, November 8
4 to 5 p.m.
Snelling Room
Vermont History Museum
109 State Street
New Officers Elected 

The Vermont Arts Council board of trustees elected new officers at a meeting on October 25. Gail Nunziata was re-elected as chair. Ed Clark and Greg Sargent were selected for second terms as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Rebecca McMeekin was elected to her first term as vice chair. Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman remarked "Becky brings a deep passion for the arts as well as leadership experience from her many years as executive director at the Chandler Center for the Arts. I look forward to working with her and all of our officers in the coming year."

Congratulations to the newly elected Vermont Arts Council officers!

Rebecca McMeekin vice chair
St. Albans

Arts Briefs
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Ben Cadwallader was honored by Vermont Business Magazine as a 2019 Rising Star, chosen for contributions to the Vermont economy and their community.
Find out more.
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center seeks an associate to work on a variety of projects from customer service, ticket sales, and development coordination to assisting with marketing and production as needed.
  Learn more.
In a recent VT Digger commentary, Rep. John Killacky wrote about Arts Advocacy Through a Politician's Lens, highlighting the need to make the arts accessible to all.
Upcoming Events
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
November 7 to 10
South Pomfret
Lanpher Memorial Library
through November 30
Hyde Park
Hyde Park Opera House
November 8 to 17
Hyde Park
Burnham Hall
November 9
Moretown Town Hall
November 8
Dance Theater
Mahaney Arts Center
November 8
multiple venues
November 8, 9, 10
Burlington, Montpelier, Warren
T.W. Wood Gallery
through January 3, 2020
New England Center for Circus Arts
November 8
 Chandler Center for the Arts
November 9
Vergennes Opera House
November 9
Shelburne Museum
November 9 to March 8, 2020
Highland Center for the Arts
November 10
First Congregational Church
November 10
St. Albans
Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly
November 9
Waterbury 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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