Annual Report FY2023 The Vermont Arts Council

Dear Friends of Vermont Arts,

This year, Vermont’s artists and cultural organizations continued to show their strength, their resilience, and their ability to bring together our communities during the most challenging of times.

Yet even in change and challenge, there is joy and strength. When devastating flooding hit the region, Vermont’s arts community came together, raising funds to support Vermont artists and organizations who most needed them. And artists across the state are creating opportunities for communities to gather and to connect to the most complex parts of our shared humanity.

In May, the Arts Council welcomed its new executive director, Susan Evans McClure. Susan is leading our work to expand access to cultural opportunities for all Vermonters and build the capacity of creative organizations and artists to do their best work in ever-evolving circumstances.

In this annual report, you’ll see just a snapshot of the many ways that our creative community is at the heart of Vermont’s efforts to build for the future, including:

  • The substantial impact that the Creative Futures Grant program is having on Vermont’s creative sector, as nonprofit and for-profit creative businesses work to recover from the pandemic
  • Our Head Start Arts Integration Program using the arts to connect students in Bennington to concepts of engineering and math, all through hands-on art making that also feeds their spirits
  • A community-created mural at Johnson Elementary bringing love to the community, through the arts and creative expression
  • A global music residency program in Barnard bringing the community together while connecting them to our broader world

Thank you to the many supporters who believe in the power of the arts to transform our communities. This work takes all of us coming together to build the future that we want to see. Thank you for being part of that future.

With gratitude,

Susan Evens McClure, Executive Director
Rebecca McMeekin, Chair, Board of Trustees

Cover photo: The “wood” element showcased in stained glass by Thea Alvin and painted wood by Meg Reinhold in one of the five, 14-foot timber frame structures in the “Elements of Shelter” exhibit in the Vermont Arts Council’s Sculpture Garden through 2025. “Elements of Shelter” features original works in wood, metal, and glass by faculty and staff members of Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield. Read more about the exhibit at Photo: Pamela Tetteh for Vermont Arts Council

Across Vermont

A total of $8,009,602 in Arts Council funding was awarded in FY2023. Grants were awarded to 85 individuals and 201 organizations and businesses in every county and 100 towns across Vermont.

The larger the circle on the map, the greater the number of grantees in that location. Visit the map online for an interactive experience.

Building Back Together

The new “Elements of Shelter” exhibit at the Vermont Arts Council’s Sculpture Garden bears witness to twin crises of our time: housing and climate change. Among the sculptures are five towering timber frames that wend along the winding path, each holding exquisite stained-glass pieces illustrating five key elements: earth, wood, metal, water, and fire.

The “wood” element graces our cover, and artist Thea Alvin (pictured) prepares Council grounds in May for the exhibit. Working with material resources that have been used throughout history to create shelter and provide sustenance, the exhibit is meant to teach, engage in conversation, and inspire people to create a better, more sustainable world, according to the artists’ statement. How ironic then that July’s historic floods very nearly swept the exhibit away. While the towers withstood the deluge, one piece, the “Rinse and Repeat” bench, came unhinged and floated down Route 2 only to be rescued a day later.

How do we build back stronger? At the Arts Council, our year has been marked by many new and exciting changes, helping us to set the stage for building the kind of Vermont we wish to see – one with a creative sector that is resilient, inclusive, and ready to lead us into a brighter future.

Photo: Meg Reinhold

Supporting Bright Futures

The $9 million funding that was allocated in the 2022 legislative session to support creative sector pandemic relief made a meaningful difference for numerous creative organizations across Vermont in FY23. The Creative Futures grant program distributed up to $200,000 in support to 233 entities, both nonprofit and for-profit, marking the first time in the Council’s history that grant funds could be distributed to the full creative sector. The program was made possible through American Rescue Plan Act funding distributed to Vermont.

The program was open to all Vermont-based creative economy nonprofits and for-profit businesses including sole proprietors that could demonstrate economic harm caused by or exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among those receiving funding was The MINT makerspace in North Clarendon (pictured). As a makerspace, The MINT depends on in-person gatherings for creative experiences. When The MINT had to close its doors during Covid-19, access to tools and materials wasn’t the only thing lost; the space’s community of makers and artists could no longer engage with each other. While recovering from the financial stress of lost connections, time, and resources, the Creative Futures grant provided stability and facilitated The MINT’s ability to re-connect and re-engage with Rutland’s creative community. Executive Director Kimberly Griffin noted that the grant helped “soothe some of the frayed ends of our financial nerves.”

ZPOTs, a pottery store in Brattleboro, also received a Creative Futures Grant. When the pandemic hit, the business was forced to close for an extended period, as did its distributors – small shops, boutiques, and galleries. “The creative futures grant helps us to continue to offer well-paying jobs for local artisans and create art that supports and inspires our every day,” said co-owner Noelle VanHendrick.

Sole proprietors also received funding, like Una Lee who runs a design studio called And Also Too in Johnson. “The pandemic took a huge toll on our well-being,” Lee said. “The inequities that Covid exposed and exacerbated hit us both personally — as a team of people from Black, racialized, immigrant, and disability communities — and professionally — as a studio working within these same communities. And like many other creative sector organizations, the cancellation of all our in-person engagements was financially devastating. This grant has helped us breathe a sigh of relief.”

Photo: The MINT

Illuminating Artistic Paths

“If the work is going to be good, I believe you have to put yourself into it.” So says award-winning author Kekla Magoon of Montpelier, who received an FY23 Creation Grant to support her new memoir project. And so it is in the arts–everything begins with the individual artist, and the Council works to expand access to arts opportunities so people of all backgrounds can bring their full selves to creative work. In FY23, we supported individual artists like Kekla Magoon and like Angelica Aguilera (pictured left), who received an Artist Development Grant to hire videographers for her musical storytelling project, “La Femenina Divina.”

The storytelling project from Aguilera, who lives in Waterford, fuses poetry, soulful beats, and arrangements by an all-woman, Latina orchestra. Aguilera hired professional videographer Miguel Martinez to document the writing process, behind the scenes of album production, and dialogues between the women on what the work means to them.

“After making this video, two different journalists from [National Public Radio] reached out about our project, we negotiated a better deal with our record label, and we received over 500 new followers on social media,” said Aguilera. “This funding exceeded our expectations, as it furthered our reach and artistic practice drastically in a short amount of time.”

Kekla Magoon's new memoir will be composed of personal essays about significant non-romantic relationships. Acclaimed for her books for children and young adults, the grant has allowed Magoon to experiment with writing in a new genre and for a new audience. “Part of why I applied for the grant was that I wanted to try things that I haven’t done before,” said Magoon. “I don’t always have time to experiment. I don’t always have time to expand.”

Multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Gitelson of Brattleboro also found the Creation Grant allowed him to “dream a little bigger.” Gitelson’s grant supported the creation of a new series of interactive installations for the “Sonic Blanket” project in Brattleboro. “I would’ve pursued this project regardless, but I would’ve been much more limited in what I could achieve,” said Gitleson. “My practice has permanently shifted from this experience. I have more ideas about how to engage with audiences, and I look forward to creating future public programming using the knowledge I gained this past summer.”

Cultivating Creative Places

After working with FY23 Animating Infrastructure Grant recipient Juniper Creative Arts to install a community-created mural at Johnson Elementary School, a school representative said she hoped more people would do these types of activities in their community. Why? “Because it brings nothing but love.” Cultivating creative placemaking means bringing more love into Vermont’s communities, and in FY23, the Council supported placemaking projects like the Johnson Elementary School mural and the installation of nature-inspired art by Carol Langstaff of Sharon and Kathryn Wiegers of Rutland at the Vermont Department of Mental Health River Valley Therapeutic Residence in Essex.

Brandon-based Juniper Creative Arts has led 11 community mural projects around Vermont since 2017. A Black and Dominican family collective consisting of parents Jennifer Herrera Condry and Will Kasso Condry and their daughter Alexa Herrera Condry, they enter schools, neighborhoods, and other communities to facilitate the creation of a unique mural from concept to installation. The Johnson Elementary mural (pictured right) takes inspiration from the school mascot, the Jaguars, and depicts a figure wearing a jaguar pelt emerging from a dark portal into a bright valley.

“The youth wanted a portal with a being coming out of it bringing light to their world,” said Maria Davies of Lamoille North Supervisory Union. “They wanted butterflies, pollinators, in bubbles protected from our environment, they wanted our wonderful life-giving rivers and mountains in their mural. They specifically asked for dandelions, and we created a separate workshop to show them pointillism so they could create their dandelions. We had so many people come out to paint with us on Community Paint Day, it was such a lovely welcoming community day.”

An Art in State Buildings Grant funded the new art installations at the River Valley Therapeutic Residence, a new 16-bed facility designed to feel like a home rather than an institution. Langstaff created a series of 14 nature photographs for the interior common areas. Wiegers created a large-scale forest mural to cover an exterior wall, and an eight-by-eight foot heron mural for another exterior wall.

“The link between the arts and mental health has been well established,” said residence director Troy Parah. “Artwork can have a powerful impact on an environment and one’s experience in that environment which can be instrumental in one’s recovery.”

Taking a Stand

Building new relationships and engaging elected officials about the power of Vermont’s creative sector was a key priority of the Vermont Creative Network during the legislative session.

The session culminated in increased appropriations for the Vermont creative sector, which were widely supported across the legislature. This support demonstrated the role that arts and culture are playing in statewide conversations about economic recovery and community revitalization. Included in these increased appropriations was expanded funding for the Vermont Art in State Buildings program, which has not seen an increase since it was established more than 40 years ago.

Our Creative Sector Day in February was a success, with creative sector supporters testifying in numerous House Committees and sharing with lawmakers the ways in which the arts, culture, and humanities transform individual lives, bolster the economy, and sustain the vibrant community and cultural landscape of our state. Notably, lawmakers learned how Creative Futures pandemic relief funding is helping creative enterprises to rebound and build resiliency as a result of the historic level of investment in Vermont’s creative sector during the 2022 legislative session.

In support of the event, Burlington’s Generator makerspace brought over 100 wood-crafted phone stands for legislators to take home. Each was specially designed with laser cuts of the Vermont Statehouse and other creative elements by two high school students enrolled in Generator’s Digital Modeling & Fabrication program.

“The arts, the humanities, and creativity are all key to helping Vermont to recover from the pandemic and to address the challenges of racism, climate change, and affordability,” read Rep. Stephanie Jerome from resolution H.C.R.28 supporting the state’s creative economy.

“It was inspiring to see the Statehouse filled with creative spirit today. Poets, filmmakers, curators, musicians, designers, and creative sector supporters from around the state turned out to demonstrate how arts, culture, and creativity are a vital part of Vermont’s identity,” said Vermont Arts Council Deputy Director Amy Cunningham.

Creative Sector Day provided an opportunity for legislators to speak with supporters directly, facilitating an open dialogue and a deeper connection between the local creative landscape and state legislators.

Investing in Communities

Arts and culture organizations contribute to the economic, social and cultural vibrancy of Vermont by providing arts services to communities for people of all ages across the state, such as the drumming workshop held at Tunbridge Central School. Sanba Zao (pictured) was part of the Global Music Residency program offered by BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard, which was supported by an Arts Project Grant.

Among other projects supported by Arts Project Grants were a free after-school therapeutic theater program for children at Eden Central School, a Creative Aging Celebration highlighting the artistic work of older adults in North Central Vermont, a youth-led storytelling performance in South Burlington focused on narratives of African refugees, and the third annual Cabot Village 12th Night Celebration.

In total, 23 cultural organizations were awarded Arts Project Grants, which range from $1,000 to $4,000 in funding.

Arts Council grants also helped to fund multi-year operating costs for organizations, such as Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival in Leicester, Northern Stage in White River Junction, the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington, and Inclusive Arts Vermont.

Cultural Facilities Grants provided critical funding to enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building offering cultural activities for the public. Up to $30,000 in capital improvements were available to town halls, theaters, library buildings, museums, community centers, and other public spaces where Vermonters gather for arts and cultural activities. Qualifying improvements include bringing public buildings into compliance with fire codes, supporting the installation of new HVAC or ventilation systems, and increasing accessibility through elevators, assistive listening systems, and ramps, among others.

One funded project was the construction and installation of custom exhibit cases and associated lighting for displaying American Abenaki artifacts at the Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center, located at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington. The project was part of a larger building renovation, designed to enhance community gatherings, ceremonies, educational programs, and workshops.

Among other organizations receiving Cultural Facilities Grants were the Ruth Stone House in Goshen, the Barre Historical Society, and town libraries in Randolph, Thetford, and Windsor.

Photo: Myra Hudson

Prioritizing Art Access for All

Addressing systemic racial and cultural inequities in the arts and culture sector remains central to the Council’s inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) goals. In FY23, we held staff readings and discussions on subjects including power dynamics in nonprofit funding and going beyond land acknowledgements. Meetings of our IDEA Advisory Network focused on equity in Council communications and inclusive governance and strategic planning. A special Council grant supported professional development activities for the Clemmons Family Farm’s Vermont African-American/African Diaspora Artists’ Network (VAAADAN).

The Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte is one of the few African-American-owned farms in Vermont, and it also operates as a nonprofit cultural heritage center offering support to Vermont’s African-American and African-diaspora artists and culture bearers with programs like VAAADAN. With support from our special grant, the Clemmons Farm provided VAAADAN member artists with photoshoots to create professional headshots for their portfolios, assistance in writing artist bios, and practice recording on-camera interviews. The recorded interviews were produced for the “Artists on the Farm” video series which describes the artists’ experiences of the photoshoot, how they will use the photos, and what the Clemmons Farm means to them.

The Council’s IDEA Advisory Network gathers artists, cultural leaders, and community organizers from across the state twice a year to discuss and advise on special topics. In FY23, we consulted the group on diversity and equity in Council communications, leading us to retire the longstanding “I am a Vermont Artist” series so that we can focus on diverse representation in all our artist interviews and feature stories, rather than siloing it into a single series. The group also helped us prepare to begin our strategic planning process by discussing equitable nonprofit board structures and meaningful ways to include constituents in strategic planning.

Michael Dyke plays music on the Clemmons Family Farm. Photo: SC Visuals, courtesy of Clemmons Family Farm, 2023

Expanding Classroom Walls

Arts experiences expand the walls of school classrooms by connecting students with local artists and arts organizations while fostering creative, critical thinking, social, and emotional skills. In Bennington, through a Head Start Arts Integration Grant to Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE), artist Dana Schildkraut worked with teachers to develop a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) curriculum with a focus on how they interconnect. Students enjoyed stories, songs, and drip painting (pictured) inspired by the forces of gravity. VAE’s multi-week residencies served seven classrooms in both Bennington and Rutland Counties.

Among the 23 school residencies this year through the Artists in Schools program, choral students at Burlington High School worked with opera singer Sarah Cullins of the Vermont Youth Opera to learn, modernize, recreate, and perform a unique version of the 17th century opera “Dido and Aeneas.”

“Without a project that reached them in their own classroom during the school day, most of these students would likely never have chosen to participate in an opera or ever believed that they could understand one, enjoy one or sing one! Their pride was palpable (particularly in the unusually fancy concert attire that the chorus members donned for performances) and I believe that the breaking-down of any stereotype, be it artistic, social, economic, or cultural, is a step towards the open-mindedness and acceptance the world so desperately needs,” Cullins reported.

Another teaching residency supported by an Artists in Schools grant was a project at Wolcott Elementary where students created functional ceramic bowls inspired by visits to a conserved forest in their community. The project culminated in a community luncheon attended by 50 people who were invited to view the bowls and enjoy soup prepared by the school’s head chef. “This residency, with its gallery show and soup luncheon, provided an excellent entry point for student families to engage and see the good work happening within school walls,” said project coordinator Annie Houston.

Among other teaching residencies, students participated in an Indie Music Bootcamp at Burlington Tech Center, printmaking at Capstone’s Brook Street High School in Barre, and a waterways map-making project at Academy School in Brattleboro.

In Closing

We hope you’ve enjoyed this snapshot of our journey through FY2023. The support we were able to provide sustains the vital creative work of thousands of artists, performers, and arts education programs like the one hosted by the Vermont Arts Exchange in Bennington. The organization was awarded a Head Start Arts Integration Grant to support a partnership with Bennington and Rutland County Head Starts through multi-week residencies in a total of seven classrooms. The summer program concluded with a joyous community celebration. Otha Day (pictured) led an interactive concert in which students learned various rhythms with their teachers and family members. “I use drums to help people talk about sensitive issues like race, racism, gender violence… We use drums to connect people and then make it easier to feel like we have a relationship and then talk,” Day told the Bennington Banner.

Photo: Stewart Cairns, Bennington Banner

Financial Highlights

View a PDF of our financial highlights from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Image: A colorful pie chart as appears in our financial highlights report.


Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023)

Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements.

Albany Community Trust, Albany, $15,000

Fairlee Community Arts, Fairlee, $3,000

Lamoille North Supervisory Union, Hyde Park, $10,000

Revitalizing Waterbury, Waterbury, $15,000

Town of Worcester, Worcester, $15,000

Vergennes Partnership, Vergennes, $15,000

Vermont River Conservancy, Montpelier, $15,000

Art in State Buildings Grants promote the work of Vermont artists and enrich the state’s cultural landscape through public art installations.

Vermont Department of Mental Health Recovery Residence, Essex

Design Grants

Carol Langstaff, Sharon, $1,000

Kathryn Wiegers, Rutland, $1,000

Fabrication Grants

Carol Langstaff, Sharon, $15,000

Kathryn Wiegers, Rutland, $22,000

Artist Development Grants support professional development for artists at all stages of their careers.

Matt Aeberhard, Lyndon, $2,000

Angelica Aguilera, Waterford, $2,000

Wilder Alison, Milton, $2,000

Gordon Auchincloss, St. Johnsbury, $2,000

Carling Berkhout, Dorset, $2,000

Christal Brown, Middlebury, $2,000

Jennifer Brown, Montpelier, $1,800

Gail Carrigan, Montpelier, $320

Joseph Castillo, Bennington, $1,439

Markeith Chavous, Essex Junction, $1,000

Sophia DiMatteo, Brattleboro, $260

Nathaniel Eddy, South Burlington, $1,000

David Feurzeig, Huntington, $2,000

Nye Ffarrabas, Brattleboro, $2,000

William Forchion, Brattleboro, $1,600

Lucia Gagliardone, Sharon, $1,310

Adam Glazer, Middlebury, $1,000

JuanCarlos Gonzalez, Bridgewater Corners, $2,000

Estela González, Middlebury, $2,000

Jarad Greene, White River Junction, $2,000

Cleopatra Griffin, Chester, $706

Erica Heilman, East Calais, $2,000

Kelly Holt, Burlington, $650

Patty Hudak, Underhill, $1,500

Jake Jemas, Burlington, $2,000

Andreas John, Calais, $2,000

Carla Kimball, Norwich, $1,000

Daniel Kruglak, Winooski, $1,200

Elizabeth Kurylo, Corinth, $1,000

Alan Larsen, Burlington, $400

Jen Lazar, Burlington, $1,000

Katherine Leung, Milton, $2,000

GennaRose Nethercott, Brattleboro, $2,000

Janice Obuchowski, Middlebury, $1,886

Rik Palieri, Hinesburg, $500

Jamal Reid, Warren, $1,908

Amber Roberts, Arlington, $800

Hanna Satterlee, Burlington, $2,000

Andric Severance, Burlington, $2,000

Moira Smiley, Bristol, $2,000

Ian Steinberg, Winooski, $1,586

Angela Talbert, South Barre, $2,000

Katrina Vahedi, Hardwick, $600

Misuk Weaver, Underhill, $2,000

Pamela Wilson, Barre, $1,500

Artists in Schools Grants help schools develop in-class residency relationships with Vermont artists.

Academy School, Brattleboro, $3,000

Bakersfield Elementary Middle School, Bakersfield, $3,000

Burlington School District, Burlington, $3,000

Burlington Technical Center, Burlington, $2,650

Burlington Technical Center, Burlington, $2,780

Capstone Community Action, Barre, $3,000

Champlain Elementary School, Burlington, $3,000

East Burke School, East Burke, $3,000

Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, $900

Hinesburg Community School, Hinesburg, $3,000

Horizons Alternative Program, Burlington, $2,250

Hyde Park Elementary School, Hyde Park, $2,650

Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler, Burlington, $3,000

JAM Junction Arts and Media, White River Junction, $1,840

Montessori School of Central Vermont, Barre, $3,000

Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School, Bristol, $1,100

Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District, Jericho, $2,700

OnTOP Alternative Program, Burlington, $2,250

Tamim Academy of Vermont, Burlington, $2,590

The INSPIRE School, Brattleboro, $3,000

The Schoolhouse Learning Center, South Burlington, $1,500

Waits River Valley School, East Corinth, $3,000

Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, Brattleboro, $2,210

Winooski Middle School, Winooski, $3,000

Wolcott Elementary School, Wolcott, $3,000

Woodbury Elementary School, Woodbury, $3,000

Arts Impact Grants support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to add vibrancy to Vermont communities and provide general operating funds to arts nonprofits.

Operating Grants

Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, $3,000

Lyric Theatre Company, South Burlington, $2,000

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River, $3,000

SafeArt, Chelsea, $4,000

Saint Albans Museum, St. Albans, $3,000

Sundog Poetry Center, Johnson, $1,500

The Aphasia Choir of Vermont, Milton, $2,000

The Hatch, Brattleboro, $2,000

The MINT Rutland Makerspace, Rutland, $2,000

The Outpost Foundation, North Bennington, $3,500

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, $4,000

Project Grants

BarnArts Center for the Arts, Barnard, $4,000

Cabot Arts, Cabot, $4,000

Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, $3,000

Fairfield Community Center Association, East Fairfield, $3,210

Lamoille North Supervisory Union, Hyde Park, $3,950

NFI Vermont – Centerpoint, South Burlington, $4,000

Retreat Farm, Brattleboro, $4,000

River Gallery School, Brattleboro, $4,000

Sandglass Theater, Putney, $4,000

Shidaa Projects, Montpelier, $3,500

Untempered Ensemble, Thetford Center, $4,000

Worcester Historical Society, Worcester, $3,340

Arts Partnership Grants support the annual operations of Vermont arts organizations through three-year grants.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, $12,600

Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro, $10,100

Burlington City Arts, Burlington, $14,400

Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, $7,200

Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, $14,400

Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, $11,300

Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, $11,300

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, $14,400

Generator, Burlington, $12,600

Inclusive Arts Vermont, St. Albans, $9,000

In-Sight Photography Project, Brattleboro, $5,400

Kingdom County Productions, Barnet, $8,100

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Leicester, $5,400

Music-COMP, Duxbury, $5,400

New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, $14,400

Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, $7,200

Northern Stage Company, White River Junction, $14,400

Paramount Theater, Rutland, $13,000

River Arts of Morrisville, Morrisville, $9,000

Rural ARTS Collaborative, Greensboro, $8,100

Scrag Mountain Music, Marshfield, $5,400

Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, $13,000

T.W. Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier, $5,400

The Current, Stowe, $7,200

Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, $11,300

Vermont Stage Company, Burlington, $7,200

Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, $8,100

Weston Theater Company, Weston, $13,000

Yellow Barn, Putney, $14,400

Young Writers Project, Burlington, $5,400

Creation Grants support the creation of new work by Vermont artists.

Julian Barnett, Burlington, $4,000

Naomi Bindman, North Bennington, $4,000

Dustin Byerly, Montpelier, $4,000

Thomas Dunn, Bennington, $4,000

Leslie Fry, Winooski, $4,000

Jonathan Gitelson, Brattleboro, $4,000

Ariel Goodman, Waterbury Center, $4,000

Renee Greenlee, Burlington, $4,000

Dylan Hausthor, North Bennington, $4,000

Sarah King, Ripton, $4,000

Rebecca Mack, Burlington, $4,000

Kekla Magoon, Montpelier, $4,000

Jennifer McCandless, Burlington, $4,000

Matt Neckers, Eden, $4,000

Mina Nishimura, Bennington, $4,000

Barbara Paulson, Randolph, $4,000

Alyson Perry, Hinesburg, $4,000

Hannah Regier, Athens, $4,000

José Rivera, Pownal, $4,000

Maria Robinson, Barre, $4,000

Lissa Schneckenburger, Brattleboro, $4,000

Gina Stevensen, Burlington, $4,000

Leath Tonino, Ferrisburgh, $4,000

Kota Yamazaki, Bennington, $4,000

Yanyi, Bennington, $4,000

Creative Aging Grants support skill-based instruction alongside opportunities for social engagement and community building in and through the arts for older adults.

AHA Abenaki Helping Abenaki, Shelburne, $4,000

Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, $3,600

Chelsea Area Senior Citizens, Chelsea, $2,000

Estey Organ Museum, Brattleboro, $3,675

Lamoille Neighbors, Hyde Park, $3,900

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River, $2,520

Quahog Dance Theatre, St. Johnsbury, $4,000

Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, $4,000

Creative Futures Grants provide aid to creative sector organizations, businesses, and sole proprietors that continue to struggle financially due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

All Heart Inspirations, Burlington, $7,500

Michael Arnowitt, Montpelier, $5,000

ART, etc., Randolph, $5,000

Artisans Hand Craft Gallery, Montpelier, $45,000

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont, Brattleboro, $5,000

Asian Homestyle Cooking, Lyndon, $5,000

Ballet Vermont, Waterbury, $7,500

Barn Opera, Inc., Brandon, $25,000

BarnArts Center for the Arts, Barnard, $15,000

Barre Historical Society, Barre, $7,500

Barre Opera House, Barre, $65,000

Bennington Museum, Bennington, $95,000

Bennington Performing Arts Center, Bennington, $45,000

Big Heavy World, Burlington, $5,000

Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, $35,000

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, $65,000

Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro, $75,000

Burlington City Arts, Burlington, $200,000

C.X. Silver Gallery LLC, Brattleboro, $7,500

Michael Caduto, Reading, $5,000

Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, $5,000

Cardboard Teck LLC, Montpelier, $5,000

Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, $45,000

Dana Caspersen, Concord, $5,000

Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, $162,500

Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier, $35,000

Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, $112,500

Central Vermont Community Radio Corporation, Plainfield, $25,000

Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, $15,000

Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, $75,000

Circus Smirkus, Greensboro, $200,000

Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte, $45,000

Community Art Garden, Chester, $5,000

CraftStudies, White River Junction, $25,000

Dana Walrath Studios, South Burlington, $5,000

Danforth Pewterers, Middlebury, $200,000

Dark Shadows Entertainment, Rutland, $5,000

Michael DiBiasio, Shelburne, $5,000

Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, $112,500

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, $200,000

Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, $15,000

Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, $7,500

Evan Webster Ink, LLC, Shelburne, $45,000

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, $137,500

First Proof Press, Brattleboro, $7,500

Florama Jewelry, Burlington, $7,500

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, $200,000

Friends of Hildene, Manchester, $200,000

Friends of the Vermont State House, Montpelier, $5,000

Fusion 802, South Burlington, $25,000

Jeffrey Gale, Strafford, $5,000

Generator, Burlington, $65,000

Grand Isle Art Works, Grand Isle, $7,500

Hardwick Journalism, Inc., Hardwick, $25,000

Harmony Collective-Artist Gallery, LLC, Brattleboro, $7,500

Haskell Free Library, Derby Line, $35,000

Corey Hendrickson, Middlebury, $15,000

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, $35,000

High Street & Green, Brattleboro, $15,000

Higher Ground, South Burlington, $200,000

Valerie Hird, Burlington, $5,000

Joan Hoffmann, South Royalton, $5,000

In Tandem Arts, Burlington, $5,000

Inclusive Arts Vermont, St. Albans, $25,000

Island Arts, North Hero, $7,500

JAG Productions, White River Junction, $35,000

JAM Junction Arts & Media, White River Junction, $55,000

Woody Keppel, Charlotte, $5,000

Kingdom County Productions, Barnet, $45,000

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Winooski, $35,000

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, $137,500

Lamoille County Players, Hyde Park, $7,500

Latchis Corporation, Brattleboro, $55,000

Una Lee, Johnson, $5,000

Sarah Letteney, Burlington, $5,000

Lines Vermont Studio, South Burlington, $15,000

Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier, $35,000

Lyric Theatre Company, South Burlington, $95,000

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River, $35,000

Marlboro School of Music and Festival, Marlboro, $200,000

Montpelier Mud LLC, Waterbury, $25,000

Naga Bakehouse, Middletown Springs, $5,000

New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, $112,500

New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro, $55,000

New Music On The Point, Leicester, $15,000

Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, $25,000

Northern Stage Company, White River Junction, $200,000

Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, $5,000

Opera Company of Middlebury, Middlebury, $25,000

Orleans County Historical Society, Brownington, $25,000

Paramount Theater, Rutland, $162,500

Janice Perry, Ferrisburgh, $5,000

Polar Productions, LLC, Stockbridge, $5,000

Radiate Art Space, Richmond, $5,000

Raq-On Dance, LLC, Springfield, $7,500

Retreat Farm, Brattleboro, $112,500

River Arts of Morrisville, Morrisville, $35,000

River Gallery School, Brattleboro, $45,000

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, $15,000

Rural ARTS Collaborative, Greensboro, $35,000

Ruth Stone House, Goshen, $5,000

Sage City Symphony Orchestra, Shaftsbury, $5,000

Saint Albans Museum, St. Albans, $15,000

Sandglass Theater, Putney, $25,000

Savoy Theater, Montpelier, $25,000

Tara Lynn Scheidet, Sutton, $5,000

Lissa Schneckenburger, Brattleboro, $5,000

Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon, $7,500

Shelburne Craft School, Shelburne, $25,000

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, $200,000

Sign Design LLC, Montpelier, $15,000

Silo Music LLC, South Burlington, $15,000

South End Arts and Business Association, Burlington, $15,000

Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, $55,000

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, $35,000

St. Johnsbury Band Ltd., St. Johnsbury, $5,000

Stage 33 Live, LTD, Bellows Falls, $5,000

Stone Revival LLC, Stockbridge, $5,000

T.W. Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier, $35,000

The Current, Stowe, $65,000

The Foundry Workshop, Lyndon, $5,000

The Hatch, Brattleboro, $15,000

The MINT Rutland Makerspace, Rutland, $7,500

The Nature Museum at Grafton, Grafton, $25,000

The Stone Church, Brattleboro, $35,000

The Studio Store, Inc., Johnson, $15,000

Theatre Adventure, Brattleboro, $15,000

Tinker & Smithy Game Store, Middlebury, $15,000

Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, $85,000

UVM Lane Series, Burlington, $55,000

Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington, $35,000

Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, $7,500

Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, $112,500

Vermont Crafts Council, Montpelier, $7,500

Vermont Evaporator Company, Montpelier, $15,000

Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, $85,000

Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, $45,000

Vermont Stage Company, Burlington, $55,000

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, $200,000

Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington, $187,500

Vermont Tortilla Company, Shelburne, $45,000

Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, Colchester, $75,000

Vermontfare, Inc, Charlotte, $45,000

von Trapp Farmstead LLC, Waitsfield, $75,000

Waterbury Area MakerSphere Cooperative, Waterbury, $7,500

Weston Theater Company, Weston, $200,000

Wild Goose Players, Bellows Falls, $15,000

ZPOTS, Brookline, $55,000

Cultural Facilities Grants support nonprofit organizations and municipalities to improve the safety, quality, or accessibility of public buildings.

Barre Historical Society, Barre, $29,190

Dorset Players, Dorset, $10,286

Friends of the Capital City Grange Hall, Northfield Falls, $26,949

Goethe Community Trust, Burlington, $7,198

Kimball Public Library, Randolph, $24,913

Ruth Stone House, Goshen, $18,538

Saint Albans Museum, St. Albans, $4,192

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, $18,543

Thetford Library Federation, Thetford, $24,913

Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, $30,000

Town of Chelsea, Chelsea, $22,100

Town of Moretown, Moretown, $1,830

Town of Sharon, Sharon, $17,320

Windsor Public Library, Windsor, $30,000

Winooski Valley Park District, Burlington, $30,000

Head Start Arts Integration Grants support arts-integrated experiences for early education students and teachers in Head Start classrooms.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, $6,000

Burlington City Arts, Burlington, $5,000

Catamount Film and Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, $2,000

Community Art Garden, Chester, $3,500

Rural ARTS Collaborative, Greensboro, $4,600

SEVCA Windsor County Head Start, Windsor, $3,350

Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington, $5,500

Special Project Grants support statewide services or are awarded at the discretion of the Council’s executive director.

Governor's Institutes of Vermont, Winooski, $5,000

Vermont Crafts Council, Montpelier, $3,000

Panelists and Advisors

Accessibility Advisors

Peter Johnke

Katie Miller

Lisa Ryan

Heidi Swevens

Cultural Facilities Coalition

Caitlin Corkins

Karen Mittelman

Steve Perkins

Grant Panelists

Richard Amore

Meghan Asbury

Meredith Bay-Tyack

LN Bethea

David Blevins

Mariah Boyd-Boffa

Melissa Boyles

Amy Brooks Thornton

Jason Broughton

Lindsey Brownson

Lisa Burk-McCoy

Kate Burnim

Eli Cabanas

Ann Dávila Cardinal

Stacie Cassarino

Gabriel Chalfin-Piney

David Cooper

Eileen Corcoran

Christine Costello

Brett Cox

Dede Cummings

Samantha Davidson Green

Jacqueline DeMent

Johanna Dery

Kelley Di Dio

Karen Duguay

Tom Dunn

Jennifer duToit Barrett

Zon Eastes

Alex Escaja-Heiss

Vera Escaja-Heiss

Heather Ferrell

William Forchion

Pamela Lynn Fraser

Hiromi Fukuda

Liz Gamache

Heather Geoffrey

Jordan Giaconia

David Greenham

Meg Hammond

Tori Hart

Suzette Hartsfield-Jones

Anne Havel

Casey Haynes

Marcie Hernandez

Geof Hewitt

Rage Hezekiah

Paula Higa

Kelly Holt

Aurora Hurd

Laurel Jenkins

Ken Jones

Dasha Kalisz

Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup

Rick Kerschner

Khristina Kurasz

Shanta Lee

Ken Leslie

Carol Lighthall

Andrea Livermore

Samuel Lockridge

Ginnie Lupi

Toby MacNutt

Elizabeth Malone

Keith Marks

Justin Marsh

Jessica Martin

Brian McCarthy

Jeremiah McLane

Katie Miller

Dominique Miller

Lara Mones

Tracy Montminy

Rachel Morgan

Larry Morrisey

Victor Morrison

Karen Nevin

Gail Nunziata

Emma Paradis

Jericho Parms

Erin Pesut

Kristin Pleasanton

Gwen Pokalo

Lindsay Pontius

Brittany Powell

Jane Preston

Alia Quart Khan

Sonia Rae

Mariah Riggs

Will Rogan

Michael Rose

Tiffany Saltis

Rebecca Sanborn Stone

Mary Jane Sarvis

Jim Schley

Sarah Schmitt

David Schmitz

Dee Schneidman

Gillian Sewake

Jonathan Shafer

Eric Shelton

Stephanie Shen

Parker Silver

Bronwyn Sims

Scarlet Sims

Isadora Snapp

Barbara Spaulding

Diane Stockton-Breese

Kelly Stoddard Poor

Molly Stone

Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees

Randall Szott

Sam Talbot-Kelly

Jessica Taylor

Susan Teare

Claire Tebbs

Corinna Thurston

Betsy Thurston

Amy Tomasso

Patricia Trafton

Katie Trautz

Finnie Trimpi

Jeremy Vaughn

Luis Vivanco

Weiwei Wang

Tamara Waraschinski

Misuk Weaver

Debra Weisberg

Margo Whitcomb

Julie Winn

Jack Zeilenga

André Zhang Sonera

IDEA Advisory Network

Judy Dow

Vera Escaja-Heiss

Samuel Kọ́láwọlé

Vera Longtoe Sheehan

HB Lozito

Toby MacNutt

Justin Marsh

Sha’an Mouliert

Jericho Parms

Heidi Swevens

Tamara Waraschinski

Board of Trustees

Emily Bernard*

Sabrina Brown

Ed Clark*

Sean Clute

Will Kasso Condry

Greg Cutler

Sharon Fantl

Mark Foley

Holly Groschner

Becky McMeekin

Greg Paus

Tony Pietricola

Stephen Pite

Greg Sargent

*term ended June 2023


Michele Bailey

Meredith Bell

Deirdre Connelly

Catherine Crawley

Amy Cunningham

Johanna de Graffenreid

Anne Gould

Dominique Gustin

Troy Hickman

Susan Evans McClure

Desmond Peeples

Tom Pilon

A panel discussion at the opening reception for the "For the Love of Vermont" exhibit at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Photo: Dave Barnum

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