Grants Help the Creative Sector Plan for a Post-Pandemic Future
Recipients of Artist Development Grants Announced
MONTPELIER, VT—With almost a year since the pandemic began, artists and creative workers are looking to build skills for a more sustainable future, and for many of the recipients in the latest round of Artist Development grants from the Vermont Arts Council, funds will go to support such projects.
A total of 29 recipients were awarded Artist Development grants this month, bringing to 68 the total number of recipients awarded these grants since the start of the pandemic for a total of $37,033 in funding.
Facing financial challenges and struggling to stay viable under necessary Covid-19 restrictions, many artists are turning to technology to forge new paths for producing art, which can require new skillsets. Artist Development grants, which range from $250-1,000, support activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills or that increase the viability of an artist's business. The program has supported 320 Vermont artists since it began in 2009.
Funding this round also supports teaching artists for developing the skills necessary to provide instruction in K-12 schools remotely.
Many of the award-winning proposals focus on today’s virtual art world, with plans to build new ecommerce websites or to hire someone with expertise in online marketing or web development.
More applicants applied for funding than ever this round—a total of 90. To broaden the application process to be more diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible, the Council expanded the program to allow for audio and video proposal submissions; nine applicants chose this submission method, and five of those proposals were funded.
One more round of Artist Development grants will be offered in fiscal year 2021—in May. The Council expects its total investment in the program for this fiscal year to more than double from last year’s when 29 grants totaling $18,000 in funding were made.
“The increased commitment is a direct response to the increased need in the creative sector,” said Executive Director Karen Mittelman. "We're grateful for the generosity of private donors and new funding partnerships forged during the pandemic, which have enabled the Council to commit additional funds to the field."
Artist Development Grants are funded in part through a new partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation, as well as a generous contribution from Higher Ground.
The Arts Council's grant programs are made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the state of Vermont, and private donors.
Artist Development Grant Recipients:
Joshua Axelrod (Washington), $500 to support a new e-commerce website
Sage Barber (Orange), $450 to support hiring an online marketing consultant
Cloud Bartoli (Chittenden), $600 to support the purchase of a refurbished MacBook Pro
Carolyn Bates (Chittenden), $500 to support hiring a professional book editor
Martha Beauchamp (Bennington), $500 to support development and optimization of an e-commerce website
Jen Berger (Chittenden), $500 to support participation in a Dreambuilding for Artists program
Susan Bettmann (Washington), $500 to support hiring consultants for a post- production film project
Ryan Boera (Chittenden), $500 to support purchasing music rights for use in a film project
Shoshannah Boray (Chittenden), $650 to support hiring an illustrator
Sayon Camara (Windsor), $650 to support hiring a professional website developer
Trent Campbell (Addison), $1,000 to support materials and professional framing services
Alison Cheroff (Windsor), $350 to support hiring professional SEO services
Rachel Clemente (Windham), $450 to support advanced lever harp technique classes with a master harpist
Johanna Dery (Windham), $600 to support hiring a professional musician to create a film score
Morgan English (Windham), $450 to support participation in printmaking workshops
Lucia Gagliardone (Windsor), $530 to support the design of a new website
Geoffrey Gevalt (Chittenden), $500 to support hiring a consultant to develop a social media strategy
Jonathan Gitelson (Windham), $350 to support advertising on a local radio station
Jessica Hill (Windham), $300 to support the rental of rehearsal space
Christine Hill (Chittenden), $750 to support attendance at a workshop through the Center for Cartoon Studies
Cecelia Kane (Caledonia), $500 to support hiring professional SEO services
Elizabeth Kurylo (Orange), $500 to support hiring a professional videographer
Caitlin Pomerantz (Orange), $500 to support hiring a professional mixing engineer
Lydia Roe (Orange), $300 to support private dance instruction
Hanna Satterlee (Washington ), $500 to support hiring a web developer to redesign a website
Kyle Saulnier (Addison), $650 to support the purchase of a professional audio interface
Lissa Schneckenburger (Windham), $500 to support hiring a business consultant
Jeanette Staley (Windham), $1,000 to support hiring a professional to develop a marketing campaign
Jessica Ticktin (Lamoille), $500 to support attendance in a master class led by an award-winning author
The Vermont Arts Council envisions a Vermont where all people have access to the arts and creativity in their lives, education, and communities. Engagement with the arts transforms individuals, connects us more deeply to each other, energizes the economy, and sustains the vibrant cultural landscape that makes Vermont a great place to live. Since 1965, the Council has been the state's primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. Learn more at vermontartscouncil.org