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Vermont Arts Council: ArtMail for November 14, 2012


posted at 1:15 pm Wed Nov 14th, 2012 by (WherezIt_Staff)

 
Vermont Arts Council: inspiring a creative state


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We're so thankful that you're joining us for another edition of ArtMail, and we're sure you'll be thankful you read it.

Are you already missing the vibrant colors of Fall as we get closer to Thanksgiving? Thankfully there's a bright new show in our Spotlight Gallery and exciting new works are being crafted by our Creation Grantees. Do you have art shows or performances coming up that you want to spread the word about? We have a few different ways for you to do that.

Read on! You'll gobble this one up...

P.S. - Next Friday, November 23, is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. But did you know that Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday here in Vermont? That's right! The State of Vermont is encouraging Vermonters to gift local this holiday season, so shop the box stores on Black Friday and the small, local stores on Saturday. Give your loved ones something truly one-of-a-kind.
A Change of Color in the Spotlight Gallery

It may be grey and dreary outside but it's bright and warm in our Spotlight Gallery! Pay us a visit at our offices: 136 State St., Montpelier, and lose yourself in the bold, vivid colors of Robert Chapla's show, "Cows to Quarries." It features paintings from four series: cows, hay bales, freeways and quarries. Displayed together they explore connections of color, texture and form. The next time you're in the Montpelier area, please drop by! We're open Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30. Note: the paintings in this show are for sale but all are welcome to come and look.
Executive Director's Blog: What's in a Symbol?

The election is over; pundits are winding down their post mortems; the country is heaving a sigh of relief if not at the outcome, at least at the fact that it's over; and our lives are returning to normal. Much has already been written about what happened on November 6, from the really interesting analysis by researchers at University of Michigan describing how "red" and "blue" break down across the country, to the extraordinary confrontation between Megyn Kelly and Karl Rove on Fox News shortly after Ohio was called for President Obama.  Historians and political analysts will spend a generation (at least) pulling apart every single moment of the 2012 Presidential campaign to try to pinpoint exactly what happened and why. Let me make it easy for them.  I can tell you EXACTLY when Mitt Romney lost the election. So when was it? Read on...
Let the Creativity Begin!

The Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce our Creation Grant recipients for Fiscal Year 2013. A total of $33,000 will be awarded to 11 Vermont artists in seven counties, each of whom will receive $3,000 to support new work. A panel with experience in curating, producing and creating art selected the grantees from a pool of over 100 applicants. Executive Director Alex Aldrich said: "These 11 projects represent both the quality and variety of Vermont's creative sector. Each of these artists was selected by a panel of their peers from an extraordinary group of applicants, and it is with great excitement and heightened anticipation that we look forward to these diverse projects as they come to fruition."
Art Supports Me Asks You...

We've started a new Friday tradition on the Vermont Arts Council Facebook page: "Art Supports Me Asks You..." Every Friday we pose a question and on Monday we randomly select a winner (who gets a really cool Art Supports Me tote bag). We also share their answers with you!
On November 9, "Art Supports Me Asked You...": Where do you go when you need inspiration and why? Laura Gabert had the winning answer: "Anywhere that artwork from local artists is being shown, be it at a coffee shop, gallery, store, etc.; art supply stores (Artist's Mediums, Black Horse, Boutillier's); going to thrift/recycle stores like Restore- I've found so many little treasures there to make art with, it's unbelievable!; and going out into nature, taking a long walk and just observing the natural beauty that surrounds us daily- Mother Nature is the supreme source of artistic inspiration for me."
Visit us on Friday for another question.
Give Yourself a Gift...

...and list your event or venue/gallery in the Vermont Life State-Wide Arts and Cultural Calendar, debuting in the Spring 2013 issue! Because we know you're on a budget, the Calendar offers a wide range of ad opportunities that cost between $100 and $500. You decide what you can afford, and the returns will pay for themselves. Vermont Life has 40,000 in-state readers and 80,000 out-of-state readers. Did you know that those out-of-staters spend, on average, 19 nights in Vermont every year? And they're looking for things to do! Just email Dave Hakins (dave.hakins@vermontlife.com) at Vermont Life to reserve your spot. The deadline for the Spring issue is December 8.
Break Out a New Skill Set, Get a Break on the Price

Apply for a Nonprofit Arts Management Training scholarship at Marlboro College Graduate School, brought to you by us at the Council. These $500 scholarships support Vermont artists and art managers in obtaining Marlboro's Certificate in Nonprofit Management. But how can this really help you and your organization? Hear from previous participants, learn more and apply! The application deadline for the Winter 2013 session is January 7.
Get Students to Put Down the Smartphones...

...and pick up a book of poems! Through this seemingly simple act they'll gain confidence, become pros at speaking publicly and make new friends. So how can you make this happen? Register your school for Poetry Out Loud. Over 30 Vermont high schools took part in the national recitation contest last year. In fact, when one Vermont high school started Poetry Out Loud, only 65 students signed up. This year they have over 400! Find out why this program is so infectious and submit your school registration forms by December 1.
Take Note...

Don't miss these upcoming events and opportunities:
  • Build It in Barre! - For techies, makers, artists, crafters, entrepreneurs, and creatives of every stripe. Join the founders of Local 64 and 77up.co, a new co-working concept starting up in Barre, for a mixer and popup art gallery. Get to know the historic Blanchard Block and plans to develop the city's first coworking space. Tonight, November 14, 5:30 p.m., 14 N. Main St., Barre. Artists: bring pieces you'd like to hang in the popup gallery at 5:00 p.m.  
  • Vermont Cultural Data Project orientations - The  Vermont CDP is a comprehensive, statewide effort to gather consistent and reliable information on the arts and cultural sector. We're highly encouraging organizations to register for a FREE New User or Reports Orientation. Sign up for an in-person orientation session at one of three Vermont locations on November 14 - 16. If you can't make it in-person  join an online webinar
  • Present at the 2013 Creative Communities Exchange - Join your fellow New England creative and cultural leaders at the 2013 CCX (June 6-7, 2013, Portland, Maine) to exchange innovative ideas, strengthen our network, and share practical how-to advice on building our creative communities. Your workshops will highlight "creative place-making" initiatives from cities and towns of all sizes throughout the region. Learn more about becoming a presenter. View other community initiatives, submit yours and apply to present. Deadline: January 10.  
  • Vermont Arts Council Award and Trustee nominations - Each year the Arts Council recognizes outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts in Vermont with a variety of awards. The Council also welcomes nominations to its Board of Trustees. Nominations accepted year-round. Read the criterion and submit your nominations.  
 
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