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Vermont Arts Council ArtMail for May 22, 2013

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Vermont Arts Council: inspiring a creative state

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rtMail for May 22, 2013

It's ArtMail time! The recent warm weather has all of us at the Arts Council in a good mood, but we have other reasons to celebrate. Keep reading for exciting news from the legislature. First, take out a pencil and use it to 1) mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting, 2) sketch out a brilliant idea for the Art in State Buildings program, and/or 3) write a rough draft of your Project Grant application.

OK, put the pencil down, because now it's time to party! Our Executive Director's blog is packed with ideas for Memorial Day Weekend family fun. There are some new summer romances between students and the arts thanks to our Cultural Routes Grants, and you could fall in love with a new piece of artwork at the Art+Soul 2013 Celebration!

Read all the way to the bottom for job opportunities, a (literally) fantastic contest for kids, how you can help get Vermont on the cover of the textbook for arts management courses, and much more. Enjoy!
Vermont Arts Council Annual Meeting: Join Us!
You're invited to join us for the Vermont Arts Council's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the State House in Montpelier. The day's events are open to the public, free of charge, and all events are accessible.

  • 1 p.m. - Board Meeting
    Capitol Plaza, 100 State Street
  • 4 p.m. - Annual Meeting
    This year's Annual Meeting features a State of the Arts address by Executive Director Alex Aldrich, as well as two guest speakers: Jonathan Katz, Executive Director of the National Assembly of Arts Agencies, Washington, D.C., and Lars Torres, Executive Director of Vermont's Office of Creative Economy. In addition a three-person curating team will present Reflections upon Vermont's Artistic Riches: A Selection of 2012 Projects and Activities. The co-curation team includes Arts Council board members Ed Clark and Gerianne Smart, and staff member Michele Bailey.
    Senate Chambers, Vermont State House
  • 5:15 p.m. - Reception
    Cedar Creek Room, Vermont State House

Feel free to contact Zon Eastes or Marie Bernier if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you on June 5!  


The historic Vermont State House is wheelchair accessible. If you use a mobility device and are planning to attend we encourage you to contact us prior to the event for guidance on seating and parking as well as pick-up/drop off locations.

Please contact us about specific accommodations you may need to facilitate your participation in the event. We will make every effort to honor your requests when they are made by May 28.

Questions regarding accessibility should be addressed to Michele Bailey, 504/ADA Coordinator, Vermont Arts Council: 802-828-3294 (voice and relay calls welcome)    

Thank You, Arts Advocates!
We want to thank all of you who, on behalf of the Vermont Arts Council, participated in this year's legislative process...and there is reason to celebrate! For Fiscal Year 2014, the Vermont Arts Council will see its first significant increase from the state legislature in 20 years!

Through the entire process, the Arts Council supported Governor Peter Shumlin's original budget recommendation. His leadership, coupled with the compromise settlement in the House and Senate, assures the 1:1 match for our National Endowment for the Arts grant in 2014.

Please CLICK HERE to read the Advocacy Report.

Thanks to all those who connected with their legislators. You did very important work, especially in this tough fiscal climate. We appreciate all of your efforts.
This is YOUR Chance to Make Vt. Buildings Beautiful
WANTED: The next Lead Artist for the Vermont Art in State Buildings Program, who will have $80,000 to make his/her vision a reality. The Vermont Arts Council in association with the Vermont Department of Buildings & General Services is currently searching for a Vermont artist or artist team with a unique vision to oversee the design, fabrication, and installation of aesthetic artistic enhancements to the Agency of Human Services facility at the State Office Complex in Waterbury, Vt. Don't miss your chance! Applications are due by May 30, 2013 (that's next week). CLICK HERE to learn more.
Have a Project in Mind? We May Have a Grant!

Do you want $500 to $2,000 to support art activities that enhance the quality of life for Vermont's citizens, attract visitors, and help stimulate local economies? Any Vermont nonprofit organization, school, or municipality can apply for our Project Grants. But don't linger; applications are due on June 3, 2013. Feel free to contact Ben Doyle with any questions.
The Road to a Lifelong Love of the Arts Starts Here

This edition's Grantee Profile takes you along for an artistic ride with some of our Cultural Routes grantees.

The Arts Council often uses one-line descriptions of the grants we award. That description might read "to commission professional photographs for a forthcoming book of poetry," or "to support attendance at a 2013 Novel Writing Retreat." For Cultural Routes Grants, we always begin this way: "To support transportation costs..."

The Cultural Routes program, established in 2011, helps to send students on field trips. With a little help from the Council, school-age children attend cultural events such as live music, dance and theater performances, or exhibits at art museums. The grant program is often welcome relief to arts educators who face constantly dwindling school budgets. Read on...
Alex's Blog: The Official Start of Summer
This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend and it is, according to lore, the "official" start of the New England summer season. In Vermont, we start celebrating the summer as soon as the last of the snow leaves the shady spots and the daytime temperature climbs above 40 degrees.Thus, for many of us, "gearing up for another amazing summer arts season" has been in full swing for about a month now.

Read on to find out about some fun events that will help you kick off your New England summer.
Art + Soul = A Party You Can't Miss!
Are you ready to dress up, peruse, and purchase art inspired by the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center? Then mark your calendars for the Art+Soul 2013 Celebration on June 6, 2013, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the law firm of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand. Each year Art+Soul benefits a different nonprofit and features artwork by local artists that is inspired by the nonprofit's mission, and trust us, this year's artwork is amazing. The art is sold and the proceeds are split 50-50 between the artist and the nonprofit. Now that's reason enough to attend! CLICK HERE to learn more about Art+Soul 2013. Please RSVP via email by June 2.
Mark Your Calendars for a Meeting of the Minds
The Arts Council is excited to announce plans for the Vermont Arts Summit 2013 in Montpelier on Saturday, October 26! Mark your calendars now because this is an event for everyone! Workshops, networking time, information exchange, plenary sessions, meals - and it's all happening at the Vermont State House. We're very excited to welcome Eric Booth as guest speaker. Eric is one of the nation's foremost thinkers and collaborators in the arts, arts education, and creation of community. Registration for the Arts Summit will open in the summer, so stay tuned!
Thursday Thoughts: On the Inside Looking Out...

"A Myopic Child" by Yannis Ritsos

The other kids romped around the playground; their voices
rose up to the roofs of the quarter, also the "splock" of their
like a globular world, all joy and impertinence.

But he was reading the whole time, there in the spring
within a rectangle of bitter silence,

Read the rest of the poem here.

Throughout 2013, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Humanities Council are teaming up to bring you a poem a week with Thursday Thoughts. All of the poems are from Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry in honor of the VHC's Vermont Reads program. Join us on Facebook and Twitter on Thursday afternoons to receive these weekly poems!
Art Supports Me Asks You...

We all know that a weekend without art would be like (fill in the blank)...

Our Fiscal and Technology Assistant Lori Hayer said: "Quiet ... which is why I'm going to hear Yankee Dixie at the Waitsfield Farmers Market today!"

"Art Supports Me Asks You..." is a fun Friday tradition on the Vermont Arts Council Facebook page. We pose an artsy question to get your creative juices flowing and on Monday we randomly select a winner, who gets a stylish tote bag. See you Friday!
Don't Miss Out!

A contest for kids, an arts education job, a photo contest to put Vermont arts on the front page, volunteer opportunities, learning opportunities...we have it all right here:
  • VT Kids Design Glass II - Does your youngster have an amazing imagination? Here's their chance to bring their fantasy friends to life! Their drawing of an imaginary creature could be turned into glass by an amazing glass artist and displayed in an exhibit premiering in November 2013 at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Anyone in grades K-6 can enter. How to submit a drawing: Drop by BMAC's Ticket Gallery or download and print out this entry form. If you use the downloadable form, please deliver it to the museum or mail it in (no folding, please!). Deadline: June 1. Students don't actually have to live in Vermont to participate, and can enter as many times as they like! CLICK HERE for more information.
  • VISTA Preschool Arts Educator opening at Catamount Arts - Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury is seeking a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) for one year of service. The VISTA will assess needs of the local Head Start (HS) program and develop a comprehensive arts program which addresses those needs, as well as create or refine a developmental arts education curriculum, including assessment metrics that meets state and national educational standards. The full-time position offers an annual living allowance of $11,352, plus health coverage, childcare assistance if eligible, a relocation allowance, training, and a choice of education award or end of service stipend. Deadline: June 1. CLICK HERE for more information.   
  • Arts Extension Service Photo Contest - Here's your chance to show off Vermont's arts scene by having photos of your art/arts organization on the cover of the textbook for arts management professionals! Enter up to three images of art work, performances, festivals, demonstrations, art classes, gallery openings, and more in the Arts Extension Service's Fundamentals of Arts Management 6th Edition Photo Contest. The editors will narrow the entries to 17 (one for each chapter) then an international contest will begin online on June 14 to select 6 images (for the 6th Edition) to appear on the cover. Deadline: May 31. CLICK HERE for more information and to submit your photos. 
  • Volunteer with VSO - Volunteer with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra during their Summer Festival Tour: "Summer Songbook." You can help at your local concert by selling or ripping tickets, handing out programs, or assisting with traffic control, and get to enjoy the concert for free with your family and friends! When: June 27 - July 7. Where: throughout Vermont. CLICK HERE to access the registration form. 
  • BMAC Summer Institute: Approaching Literacy through Images - Educators, learn about the many applications of VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies), the method used successfully by museums and school systems across the country, at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center's Summer Education Institute, three stimulating and supportive days in a unique, art-centered community. Certified VTS Instructor Marlene Roeder leads two levels of training. The Institute is equivalent to 24 professional development hours. When: July 8 - 10.  Where: BMAC, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, VT. Registration Deadline: June 20. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
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