For Immediate Release: May 12, 2021
National Endowment for the Arts Announces Grants to Support the Arts Across the Country

Vermont Organizations Top $1.1 Million
MONTPELIER—Thirteen Vermont organizations will receive grants to support the arts, accessibility and innovation from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In addition, the Vermont Arts Council has been approved for an $807,740 NEA FY2021 partnership agreement to address arts programs, services and activities throughout Vermont.
“As the country and the arts sector begin to work towards a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to fund the work of our partners,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “These agreements such as the one to the Vermont Arts Council leverage federal funds for regional, state, and local impact, reinforcing the network of support that is vital for a healthy arts ecosystem.“
“Our work would not be possible without the critical public funding the Arts Council receives from the NEA and the state of Vermont,” noted Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman. “We are grateful to continue our strong partnership with NEA and proud to congratulate the outstanding Vermont arts organizations that have received awards.”
The Vermont recipients are:
Burlington City Arts, $20,000
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, $15,000
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (on behalf of Burlington Discover Jazz Festival), $40,000  
Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington, $15,000
Dorset Theatre Festival, $15,000
VSA Vermont (Inclusive Arts Vermont), Essex Junction, $20,000
New Music On The Point, Leicester, $10,000
Community Engagement Lab, Montpelier, $60,000
Helen Day Art Center (new name: The Current), Stowe, $20,000
Stowe Story Labs, Stowe, $25,000
Weston Playhouse Theatre, $15,000
Northern Stage Company, White River Junction, $20,000
Governor's Institutes of Vermont (aka Governor's Institute on the Arts), Winooksi, $20,000      
For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment 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

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,, 802-828-5422