Arts News for February 1, 2018  
Arts, Culture, and Economic Growth

"As cities nationwide compete for their share of young workers, community planners are recognizing the importance of integrating arts and culture with traditional economic development strategies," suggested co-authors Jody Fried and Erin Narey in a VTDigger commentary published this week. The notion is that arts and culture are among the top lifestyle priorities when today's young people select a place to live and work.
 
Artists/creatives are a strong and growing force within Vermont, impacting both the state's economy and our quality of life. What draws people to put down roots in our state? Why is this a great place to develop a creative career? Did Vermont's arts and culture scene influence your decision to move to (or remain in) the state? We want to hear from you!

Take this short survey. Invite your neighbors, friends, and colleagues to offer their thoughts, too. Here is a link to share: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VTCreativeSurvey 

Creative Double Feature

Things will be hopping both inside and out at the Arts Council on Friday, February 2. Caroline Tavelli-Abar will talk at 5 p.m. about "Glimpse," her exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery. Everyone is invited to attend a reception with the artist and view her work throughout the evening.

The action will move outside at 5:30 as lasers, projections, and sound enliven the Sculpture Garden as part of  Scene 2: Falling. Dancers will move through it all in a site-specific performance choreographed by Erika Senft Miller.

Both events will be held at 136 State Street in Montpelier and will wrap up by about 7:30 p.m. Join us!
FY2018 Cultural Facilities Grants helped the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center (top) and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center make improvements to their buildings.
Grant Seeker Workshops: Cultural Facilities and Historic Preservation

The Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and the Preservation Trust of Vermont are partnering to host three workshops in March. Anyone interested in applying for a facilities grant through the Cultural Facilities or Historic Preservation Grant programs is encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

Workshop dates:
  • Wednesday, March 14, Brandon
  • Wednesday, March 21, Weston
  • Tuesday, March 27, Newport

Lean more about these Grant Seeker Workshops.  

Karen Mittelman, Cornelia Carey, Verandah Porche, and Bob Stannard at last year's awards event.
It's Awards Nomination Season

Cornelia Carey, executive director of CERF+, was one of five outstanding Vermonters to receive awards at the Council's 2017 Governor's Arts Awards celebration. Cornelia was recognized for her leadership, advocacy, and passion for the arts - especially in the area of artist and organization emergency preparedness.

Awards are presented each year for outstanding individual and organizational contributions to our culture, arts education, and arts advocacy. Nominations are welcome. Learn more about the awards and how to submit a nomination on the Council's website.
Arts Briefs
Celebrate Black History Month. Explore Vermont's African American Heritage Trail, which has 22 locations - including the Clemmons Family Farm -  throughout the state.
  Learn more.
The Vermont Humanities Council is accepting applications for projects supporting humanities-related programs serving Vermont audiences. The deadline for letters of intent is February 9.
  Find out how to apply
Seven Days calls John Dunlop "Vermont's Busiest Cellist." In a profile, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's principal cellist talked about why he has made the Green Mountain State his home.
  Read the article.

Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events


Vermont College of Fine Arts
February 2
Montpelier
Edgewater Gallery
through February 20
Stowe
Lyndon Institute Alumni Auditorium
February 6
Lyndon Center
ONLY YESTERDAY
Barrette Center for the Arts
through February 18
White River Junction
Next Stage
February 6
Putney
Brandon Artists Guild
February 2 to 27
Brandon
Vermont State House
February 7
Montpelier
Brandon Music
February 10
Brandon
Briggs Opera House
February 9 to 11
White River Junction
 The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
February 10
West Rutland
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
February 10
South Pomfret
Helen Day Art Center
February 11
Stowe
Featured Story
Going Global

Whether you call it "globally" or "internationally," the founders of the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) continue to think big. Now in its 10th year, VCFA attracts artists, musicians, and writers from an array of different countries and cultures; multiple viewpoints abound. Read more about the ways VCFA envisions its international future in " Building a Global Arts Community in Montpelier," this week's Featured Story.
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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