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News from the Vermont Arts Council for May 12, 2016


posted at 4:51 pm Thu May 12th, 2016 by (WherezIt_Staff)

 
 
News from the Council for May 12, 2016 
Vermont Organizations Receive $175,000 in NEA Funding

Congratulations to the five Vermont arts organizations that received grants through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Spring Grant Round. From theater to jazz to traditional and folk arts, the Vermont creative community was well represented. Kingdom County Productions, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (on behalf of Burlington Discover Jazz Festival), Dorset Theatre Festival, Vermont Folklife Center, and Weston Playhouse Theatre Company are all grant recipients.

The NEA also announced $718,000 in funding for the Vermont Arts Council, which represents a two percent increase from the prior year.


"The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Supporting projects like the ones in Vermont offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."

In total, the NEA awarded $82.3 million in grant funding. The grants were awarded to U.S. states through partnership agreements and directly to organizations to support 1,148 projects across 13 artistic disciplines and fields, including research. Read more about the NEA grants.
Arts Council State Appropriation Approved

The Vermont State Legislature approved a $675,307 appropriation for the Council, slightly below Governor Peter Shumlin's $680,000 budget proposal.

We thank everyone who helped support the Council's budget request by contacting their elected officials and participating in Arts Advocacy Day.
Vermont Creative Network Earns Legislative Recognition

During the 2016 legislative session, the Vermont State Legislature passed H. 868, an economic development bill that included a provision establishing the Vermont Creative Network. A $50,000 funding request for the Network included in the bill was not approved.

"We are pleased with this recognition at the state level, which reinforces the importance of the creative economy to the health and vitality of Vermont," said Zon Eastes, Council director of outreach and advancement. "We will continue to advance the Vermont Creative Network agenda with strong support throughout the state."
Annual Meeting and Garden Party: Save the Date

June 6 is the day! Mark your calendar for the Council's Annual Meeting and Garden Party. This year we will shine a light on arts education and the many ways it is changing the lives of children throughout the state. Join us to celebrate spring, youth, and the arts. And, yes, the cake bar will be back by popular demand!

Annual Meeting                   Garden Party
Vermont State House            Vermont Arts Council
3:30 to 4:15 p.m.                   4:30 to 6 p.m.
Arts Briefs
The Council is partnering with Vermont State Parks and Big Heavy World to support the state's first
 "Make Music Day VT"
on June 21.
Find out how to get involved.
VSA Vermont is offering "Drumming for Success" a free one-day training for drummers to learn an inclusive framework for drumming instruction.
Learn more.
Featured Classified: 2016 Upcycle Art Bike Competition co-sponsored by Catamount Arts and Kingdom Trails. The deadline for online submission is June 3.
Apply now!
Vermont Arts 2016 Events Not to Miss!
Chandler Center for the Arts
May 13
Randolph
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
May 14
Brattleboro
Gallery at River Arts
Through July 5
Morrisville
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
May 14
South Pomfret
Centre Congregational Church
May 14
Brattleboro
Vermont Jazz Center
May 14
Brattleboro
Bryan Memorial Gallery
May 15
Jeffersonville
The Marble House Project
May 17
Dorset
Helen Day Art Center
Through May 29
Stowe
Featured Story
"Untitled" (from the Bumblebee Series)
Bees and Trees

A gnarly tree, a fuzzy bumblebee, and a rugged beachscape are a few of the subjects Gabriel Tempesta depicts in his photo-realistic paintings. He uses watercolor, charcoal, raw pigment, and powdered pastels to create his finely textured works. Find out more about Tempesta and his painting techniques in "Tempesta's Landscapes and Wildlife," this week's Featured Story.
 

 Vermont Arts Council | 802.828.3291 

Vermont Arts Council, 136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-6001



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