Vermont Arts Council

MONTPELIER — Three Addison County cultural organizations were among the 17 Vermont arts and community groups that are sharing $300,000 in recently awarded Vermont Art Council Cultural Facilities Grants. The grants help the organizations make a critical investment in the state’s aging cultural infrastructure. This year’s Cultural Facilities Grant recipients included: 1. Friends of the Union Meeting Hall Inc. in Ferrisburgh got $26,400 to support a new accessible entrance on the north side of the building. 2. Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury got $20,067 to support the installation of a new...
The Vermont Arts Council is now accepting applications for its next round of Artist Development Grants. The deadline for this current round is May 10. Artist Development Grants support artists at all stages of their careers. Grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist’s business. New this year: Grants can also support teaching artists in developing the skills necessary to provide instruction in K-12 schools remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work...

'QUEEN MOTHER,' BY Will Kasso
Looking for an artist in Vermont? Easy, check any home studio, any shared collaborative space, look on the stages, and in the workshops and sheds that cluster in the “artsy areas” of Vermont towns, or out behind some bucolic farmhouse. They’re there — the violinmakers, dancers, painters, musicians, potters, thespians, glass blowers, metal workers… they’re everywhere. But when you stop to try and identify who a Vermont artist is, suddenly the task isn’t so easy. The Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier is attempting to shed a little light on who artists in Vermont are these...

THE VERMONT ARTS Awards recognize outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts, honoring educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers and scholars.
MIDDLEBURY — The Mahaney Arts Center will host this year’s Vermont Arts Awards, presented by the Vermont Arts Council. These prestigious annual awards recognize outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts, honoring educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers and scholars. In 2019, Vermonters will be recognized for their contributions in five categories. All awardees will be honored at a reception and ceremony co-sponsored by Middlebury College on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Mahaney Arts Center. The ceremony is free, but attendees should  RSVP...

TOWN HALL THEATER Artistic Director Douglas Anderson recently won a statewide award from the Vermont Arts Council for his many contributions to the Middlebury theater and to the community at large. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Douglas Anderson has had an eclectic professional career. Educator. Writer. Producer. Director. And let’s throw in “quote machine” for good measure. “You make plans for the future, but the future is something that happens to you,” the ubiquitous founder and artistic director of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater said last Tuesday of his unscripted career path. Little did Anderson know in 1997, when the Town Hall Theater (THT) was a mere concept scribbled in his notebook, that 22 years later he would be receiving a statewide award for his contributions to the arts and to his community...

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