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posted at 2:18 pm Wed Mar 31st, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

About 50 artworks created for "Art of Action: Shaping Vermont's Future Through Art," will travel to Washington, D.C., next week where they will be on display just steps away from the U.S. Capitol.

The exhibit, hosted by Senator Patrick Leahy, will be in the Russell Senate Building Rotunda from April 12-16. Senator Leahy will be on hand Tuesday, April 13, to meet with Vermont artists, representatives from the Vermont Arts Council and guests.

The Vermont Arts Council, in collaboration with Lyman Orton and Janice Izzi, commissioned the Art of Action project. In 2006-07, the Council on the Future of Vermont worked with thousands of Vermonters to identify issues that will shape the state's future and this artwork was created to interpret those findings. More than 300 applicants from 26 states and 3 foreign countries applied, and ultimately ten artists were commissioned for the project. The collection of work, totaling 105 pieces, was unveiled last August and has been traveling to communities across the state since. The artwork is intended to inspire Vermonters to pursue their vision for the state's future social, cultural and political landscape.

Leahy said, "It is a pleasure to share the work of so many of Vermont's renowned artists with the rest of the country," said Leahy. "The Art of Action project reminds us that artists are catalysts in our communities. Vermonters have long understood and appreciated artists' roles in churning vitality and vision into their work and into our lives. They help weave the fabric of our communities and they help us envision our future."

Leahy has long been a strong supporter of the arts and humanities, and he proudly points out that the Vermont Arts Council is housed in his childhood home in Montpelier. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Leahy continues to champion budget support for the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has authored legislation that would allow artists to claim a fair-market-value tax deduction when donating their work for the public to enjoy. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Leahy also leads on copyright and intellectual property issues important to artists.

According to research compiled by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its report, Artists In The Workforce, Vermont ranks first in the nation as home to the highest proportion of authors and writers, and second in the country in the state's proportion of fine artists, art directors and animators. These artists and arts organizations have integrated strong arts education programs into Vermont's schools, worked closely with communities to update historic facilities in the state's unique downtowns, and continue to contribute to Vermont's economic and social landscape. Leahy noted that the NEA and the organizations it supports, like the Vermont Arts Council, play vital roles in ensuring continued access to the arts for all citizens, and particularly for those living in rural states like Vermont.

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