Arts Funds at the Vermont Community Foundation Award $162,025 in Grants

The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and the Concert Artists Fund, two component funds at the Vermont Community Foundation, announced that together they have awarded a total of $162,025 to 26 artists and arts organizations across the state.

The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $50,849 primarily to support the commissioning, creation, and presentation of new work or to assist Vermont artists wishing to take their work in different directions. Five awards were made to individual artists and 12 to arts organizations presenting the work of Vermont artists. The Concert Artists Fund awarded $111,176 to 10 organizations to support performances of classical music in Chittenden County over the next two years. The Concert Artists Fund will not accept new proposals until 2018.

The following grants were made in 2016:

Vermont Arts Endowment Fund 2016 Grants to Individual Artists


Brian McCarthy received $3,000 to compose new and original music for jazz quartet inspired by musicians and events that have impacted the artist’s life.


Kirk Jackson with Oliver Wadsworth received $3,000 to support an original solo theatrical performance based on a real-life, unsolved murder mystery in Manchester, Vermont in 1812.


Larry Allen Brown received $3,000 to support recording of original music composed and arranged for acoustic guitar, vocals, mandolin, acoustic bass, and cello.


Mary Admasian received $2,000 to support a public outdoor sculpture complimenting a concurrent exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum’s East Gallery.


Nora Jacobson received $4,000 to support a documentary film about the poetry and life of Ruth Stone, Vermont’s Poet Laureate from 2007 to 2011.


Vermont Arts Endowment Fund 2016 Grants to Arts Organizations


Burlington City Arts received $4,000 to support “Of Land & Local,” an annual exhibition project presented by Burlington City Arts in partnership with Shelburne Farms.


Dorset Theatre Festival received $3,000 to support the world premier production of award-winning Vermont playwright Theresa Rebeck’s newest work The Way of The World.


Farm to Ballet Project received $2,000 to support their second annual tour of Vermont farms, promoting a vibrant, sustainable food system and expanding classical ballet’s audience.


Flock Dance Troupe received $1,349 to support WOMAN, a full length dance and theater work that unwraps the transformation of a child to girl, to woman, to crone.


Flynn Center for the Performing Arts received $4,000 to support the Center as it presents work of Vermont-based performing and visual artists throughout the 2016-2017 season.


Helen Day Art Center received $2,000 to support an annual sculpture exhibit installed on the Art Center grounds, along Stowe’s streets, and recreation path.


Middlebury Actors Workshop received $3,000 to support an original adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with an all Vermont cast of theater professionals, and an original electronic sound score by Middlebury College composer Peter Hamlin.


The Vermont Opera Project received $3,500 to support a fully staged production of the opera Orpheus and Euridice by Ricky Ian Gordon in a former manufacturing space at the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor.


Vermont International Film Foundation received $2,000 to support the exhibition, promotion, and archiving of Vermont films for posterity.


Vermont Performance Lab received $3,500 for the second year of the SEED program which supports Vermont artists in the commissioning, development, and presentation of new dance work.


Vermont Stage Company received $3,500 to support a production of the play GROUNDED by George Brant, directed by Tara Lee Downs, which discuses the impact that drone warfare has on soldiers.


Vermont Studio Center received $4,000 to support Vermont Artists Week, which offers artists and writers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their studio practice, share their creative work with others, and establish networks throughout the state.


Concert Artists Fund 2016 Two-Year Grants

Descriptions of the first year’s work are provided below.


Bella Voce Women’s Chorus received $8,000 to support “Glorious Sounds of the Season” holiday concerts in December and “Holst and Harp” with harpist Rebecca Kauffman in May.


Burlington Chamber Orchestra received $12,000 to support its 10th and 11th seasons as it continues to provide professional chamber music to the community of Chittenden County and beyond.


Flynn Center for the Performing Arts received $12,000 to support collaborative projects between the Flynn Center, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute, Soovin Kim, and Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival that will engage schools and community with classical music.


Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival received $16,000 to support “Creative Journeys: The Evolution of the Artist’s Voice,” which will focus on early and late works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, and Shostakovich, as well as early and recent works by 21st century composers Nina Young, David Ludwig, Pierre Jalbert, and Joan Tower.


Music-COMP received $8,000 to support three concerts that will feature brand new works by student composers in grades two to twelve. Professional musicians will perform in free concerts with special promotion to non-traditional classical concert enthusiasts—students, their families, and friends.


Solaris Vocal Ensemble received $6,000 to support “Here We Come A-Wassailing” in December with guest artists Inora Brass Quintet and Spring Awakening in April with guest artists Mary Ann Samuels and Susan Reit, who will play recorders, hammered dulcimer, and Celtic harp.


University of Vermont Lane Series received $14,576 to support three partnerships of world class ensembles performing a wide range of Western classical music at the highest level of collaborative practice.


Vermont Choral Union received $4,600 to support a project that aims to increase the audience for a capella choral music by providing subsidized tickets and transportation to Vermont Choral Union Concerts particularly for senior citizens of limited means.


Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble (VCME)received $14,000 to support three concerts this season including a performance of works by recently departed composers P. Boulez and S. Stucky, VCME’s 30th anniversary with VCME commissions and a new commission, and the annual Poetry & Music concert.


Vermont Youth Orchestra Association received $16,000 to support its 2016-2017 concert season which will provide young musicians with the opportunity to perform symphonic masterworks and 21st century compositions featuring world-famous guest artists next season.

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