For Immediate Release: May 30, 2023

National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $1.1 Million in Grants to Support the Arts in Vermont

MONTPELIER, VT—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced eight grants totaling $1,116,440 to Vermont arts and cultural organizations, including the Vermont Arts Council, which has been approved for an $968,940 NEA FY 2023 partnership agreement to deliver arts programs, services and activities throughout Vermont.


The Vermont awards are part of more than $103.1 million in recommended NEA grants to organizations in all 50 states and US jurisdictions.


“The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to support the work of our state and regional partners nationwide, demonstrating the many ways the arts enrich our lives and contribute to healthy and thriving communities,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “These organizations play an important role in advancing the creative vitality of our nation and helping to ensure that all people can benefit from arts, culture, and design.” 


“We are grateful that the NEA continues to be a strong national force in helping to ensure that everyone in our nation has the opportunity to live artful lives, and we are proud that, through this funding, the Vermont Arts Council can help to carry that torch to every community across this state. We also congratulate the seven organizations that were recognized by the NEA for their outstanding work,” said Susan Evans McClure, Vermont Arts Council executive director.


The Vermont recipients are:


Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, $30,000, to support a series of performances, residencies, and classes


Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (on behalf of Burlington Discover Jazz Festival), $15,000 , to support artist fees for the 40th anniversary of the festival


Dorset Theatre Festival, $25,000, to support staff salaries and artist fees for new play development programs

Governor’s Institute on the Arts, $20,000, to support the Governor’s Institute on the Arts, a summer immersion program for Vermont high school students


JAG Production Company, White River Junction, $25,000, to support JAGfest, an annual new play festival

New Music on the Point, Leicester, $12,500, to support a chamber music presenting project


Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington, $20,000, to support the annual Summer Festival Tour


For more information on the projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit


About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit


About the Vermont Arts Council

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




Catherine Crawley, Vermont Arts Council Communications Director, [email protected], 802-828-5422

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