Arts Council awards $438,408 to support organizations and artists

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Arts Council awards $438,408 to support organizations and artists

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council announced 71 grants totaling $438,408. Awards were given in the categories of Cultural Facilities, Arts Impact, Arts Partnership, and Creation. Through these programs, a college will receive assistance in providing a physically accessible ramp, a choreographer will have support to create a new work, and a rural arts organization will offer ticket subsidies to make their programs available to all. The projects funded through these grants are as varied as the state's creative sector. A full list of grantees is below.

Information on grantees in each category:

Cultural Facilities 16 grants to help Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public.

Arts Impact 18 grants to support organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to create a more vibrant quality of life by providing equal and abundant access to the arts.

Arts Partnership 27 grants enabling the Council to engage with arts organizations that understand the needs of their own communities and address those needs through the arts. Together, the Council and its partners work toward a common outcome.

Creation 10 grants to support the creation of new work by Vermont artists. Creation Grants can fund time, materials, and space rental for artists and artist groups.

The Vermont Arts Council envisions a state where everyone has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community. Through its programs and services, the Council strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to maximize opportunities for everyone to experience the arts. Since 1965, the Council has been the state's primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. www.vermontartscouncil.org.

Arts Impact Grants

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, Vergennes
$1,182 to support printmaking workshops for Boys and Girls Club members and the community

BrattRock, Brattleboro
$3,000 to support educational activities for BrattRock festival participants

Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro
$2,850 to support the annual Brattleboro Literary Festival

Focus on Film, Montpelier
$2,850 to support workshops at the Green Mountain Film Festival

Green Mountain Youth Symphony, Montpelier
$2,850 to support the 2018 Creative Arts and Music Program (CAMP) residency week for young musicians

Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick
$682 to support art classes for Heartbeet students and community members

Kingdom County Productions, Barnet
$3,000 to support the Access Arts program and provide direct subsidies for admission

Leach Public Library, Irasburg
$2,899 to support the library's enrichment outreach programs

Middlebury Studio School, Leicester
$1,900 to support the expansion of tuition-reduced art, craft, and clay classes

Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Society, Montpelier
$3,000 to support the production and presentation of the opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors"

Music-COMP, Essex Junction
$3,000 to support live performances of student compositions

Now Playing Newport, Newport
$2,000 to support A Celebration of the Arts

Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Theater Research, Putney
$3,000 to support the tenth annual Puppets in the Green Mountains International Puppet Festival

Sara Holbrook Community Center, Burlington
$2,850 to support art courses for students in the Burlington-Winooski Middle School summer program

Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon
$1,750 to support the performance of the opera "The Telephone"

Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington
$1,600 to support the first annual Fairy Tale Festival

Swanton Arts Council, Swanton
$500 to support a curator and publicity for the "Our Creative Community" art show

University of Vermont, Department of Classics, Burlington
$2,400 to support the production and performance of the play "Helen"

Arts Partnership Grants

The Art House, Craftsbury Common
$7,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Burlington City Arts, Burlington
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Catamount Film and Arts Center, Saint Johnsbury
$7,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Circus Smirkus, Greensboro
$7,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Community Engagement Lab, Montpelier
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington             
$7,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Friends of the Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Grass Roots Art and Community Effort, Hardwick
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

The In-Sight Photography Project, Brattleboro
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier              
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Northern Stage Company, White River Junction
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

River Arts of Morrisville, Morrisville
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Shelburne Craft School, Shelburne
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Town Hall Theater, Middlebury
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Vermont International Film Foundation, Burlington
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Vermont Performance Lab, Guilford
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Vermont Performing Arts League, Burlington
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

Vermont Stage Company, Burlington
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, Colchester
$5,100 to support operating and administrative costs

VSA Vermont, Essex Junction
$7,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Weston
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Yellow Barn, Putney
$6,000 to support operating and administrative costs

Creation Grants

Christal Brown, Middlebury
$3,000 to support a dance collaboration around "What We Ask of Flesh"

Jay Craven, Barnet
$3,000 to support the creation of a film based on the novel "Martin Eden"

Nancy Hayden, Jeffersonville
$3,000 to support the completion of an ecological memoir about family, food, biodiversity, and 25 years as regenerative organic farmers

Tito Heiderer, Burlington
$3,000 to support the writing and recording of the musical score for the documentary "The Underdog"

Eddie Merma, Waitsfield
$3,000 to support the construction of an outdoor structure in the woods of the Mad River Valley

Madsen Minax, Burlington
$3,000 to support film shoots for "At the River"

Cass Morgan, Saxtons River
$3,000 to support the creation of a new musical theater work based on the life of artist and vaudeville performer Charles Henry

Nicola Smith, Tunbridge
$3,000 to support the creation of a theatrical piece that documents the stories of female veterans

Eric Wright, North Pomfret
$3,000 to support the creation of a duet album featuring traditional and original fiddle music with Mairi Rankin

Corrine Yonce, Burlington
$3,000 to support the creation of ten portraits featuring Burlington Housing Authority residents

Cultural Facilities Grants

Aldrich Memorial Association, Calais
$8,500 to support the restoration of the mill penstock at the Robinson Sawmill

American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester
$12,400 to support the creation and installation of a permanent fishing fly display

Barre Opera House, Barre
$27,852 to support theatrical lighting upgrades

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro
$7,460 to support repairs to the entrance ramp and parking area

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland
$15,600 to support the installation roof insulation in the historic Coping Shop building

Fairfield Community Center Association, East Fairfield
$30,000 to support safety and accessibility upgrades to the front entrance of The Meeting House on the Green

Friends of the Brandon Town Hall, Brandon
$14,250 to support stage floor upgrades and new electrical outlets

Friends of the Morrill Homestead, Strafford
$7,001 to support the installation of an audio-visual system in the Strafford Town House

Grass Roots Art and Community Effort, Hardwick
$1,311 to support the purchase and installation of cellular shades for the windows

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor, Vergennes
$5,000 to support the purchase and installation of updated audio-visual equipment in the Gateway Visitor building

Latchis Arts, Brattleboro
$13,217 to support technical improvements to the theater, including the purchase of sound equipment and assistive listening devices

Poultney Historical Society, East Poultney
$12,325 to support the installation of a climate control system in the 1896 East Poultney Schoolhouse

Town of Huntington, Huntington
$13,500 to support electrical improvements to the stage and first floor and the addition of a second bathroom in the Huntington Town Hall

Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier
$30,000 to support the construction of a new ADA-compliant ramp at the entrance of College Hall

Waitsfield United Church of Christ, Waitsfield
$5,994 to support the addition of a physically accessible restroom on the sanctuary level of the building

Walter S. Burnham Foundation, Lincoln
$2,685 to support installation of a barrier fence to protect the septic system at Burnham Hall

Source: Vermont Arts Council  8.8.2017

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