The arts are integral to building healthy and vital Vermont communities. The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund provides direct support for both emerging and established artists and arts organizations presenting new or challenging work in the state. The Fund is advised by a group of working artists and presenters.
In 2015, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund made 23 grants totaling $57,700.
Grants to Individual Artists
A2VT in Burlington received $2,000 to support the recording of A2VT’s second album.
Angela Patten in Burlington received $2,000 to support a collection of original poems and anecdotes, tentatively titled The Oriole and the Ovenbird, that will celebrate the primal interplay between humans and avian species in our lives and imaginations.
Carole Vasta Folley in Essex Junction received $3,000 to support an eight-theater tour of The Seymour Sisters, a new play.
Carolyn Enz Hack in Thetford Center received $2,500 to support the creation of paintings and sculptures for an exhibit entitled Rural Abstract.
Deb Ellis and Alexandra Halkin in Burlington received $2,000 to support End of Love a feature-length documentary film about the epidemic of young men being convicted of downloading child pornography.
Diana Whitney in Brattleboro received $2,000 to support Salad Days: Desire, Poetry, and Motherhood, a series of lyric poems examining the intersection of art and domesticity.
Kathleen Kolb and Verandah Porche in Lincoln and Guilford received $2,000 to support Shedding Light on the Working Forest a traveling exhibition based on paintings Kolb has created on this subject over the past twenty years.
Kerrin McCadden in Plainfield received $2,000 to support Street View, a collection of poems, in progress, about village life in Vermont and Ireland.
Lida Winfield in Shelburne received $3,000 to support IMAGINARY, a community-based dance/theater performance in which volunteer participants will assume each others’ identities, blurring the line as to whose story belongs to whom and challenging how we perceive the reality and identity of others.
Miriam Bernardo with Peg Tassey in Montpelier received $3,000 to support the creation, recording, and performance of new, original music written specifically for Miriam’s voice by ten of Vermont’s most accomplished and highly regarded songwriters. The songs will be produced by musician/producer Peg Tassey.
Seth Jarvis in Burlington received $2,000 to support Secure the Perimeter!, an over-the-top theatrical comedy intended as a celebration of stagecraft.
Grants to Arts Organizations
Catamount Film & Arts in St. Johnsbury received $3,000 to support Fire and Ice, a 2016 exhibition of paintings by internationally recognized Vermont landscape painter Eric Aho and related programming, and outreach to engage a regional and national audience.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington received $3,250 to support the presentation of the diverse work of Vermont-based performing artists and visual artists throughout the 2015-2016 season.
Middlebury Actors Workshop received $1,500 to support a professional production of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.
Sandglass Theater in Putney received $3,250 to support “Wrecked,” a theater/puppetry/music piece about the denial of scientific truth by those who profit from that denial.
Scrag Mountain Music, Inc. in Marshfield received $2,500 to support its first opera, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, composed in 2006 by Vermont composer Evan Premo and will feature Vermont soprano Mary Bonhag.
Shelburne Museum received $2,000 to support Eyes on the Land, an exhibition featuring new works from thirteen Vermont artists and photographers using as their inspiration land conserved by Vermont Land Trust throughout the state.
The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre received $3,000 to support the carving and installation a granite sculpture archway to create a formal entrance way to the sculpture park.
Vermont International Film Foundation in Burlington received $2,500 to support the exhibition, promotion, and archiving of Vermont films for posterity.
Vermont Performance Lab in Guilford received $3,650 to support the SEED Program which supports Vermont artists in the commissioning, development, and presentation of new dance work.
Vermont Shakespeare Company in North Hero received $1,500 to support a presentation of Romeo and Juliet with performances in North Hero, Shelburne, and Burlington; additionally the season includes a Professional Internship Program serving 15 area high school and college students.
Vermont Stage Company in Burlington received $3,050 to support the Vermont premiere of Tribes, a provocative new play, directed by Mark Alan Gordon, about a deaf boy who teaches his family to be better communicators.
Vermont Studio Center in Johnson received $3,000 to support Vermont Artists Week which offers VT artists and writers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their studio practice, share their creative work with others, and establish networks throughout the state.