The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, a component funds at the Vermont Community Foundation, has awarded a total of $54,740 to 22 artists and arts organizations across the state. Grants were awarded primarily to support the commissioning, creation, and presentation of new work or to assist Vermont artists wishing to take their work in different directions. Nine awards were made to individual artists and 13 to arts organizations presenting the work of Vermont artists.
The following grants were made in 2017:
Vermont Arts Endowment Fund 2017 Grants to Individual Artists
Danielle O’Hallisey received $3,000 for a modern classical composition for guitar, cello, viola, and violin, in remembrance of three influential people in her life whom she lost in a six month period.
Erik Nielsen received $2,500 to compose a new multi-movement work for violin, viola, cello and piano that will be brought to life by the Vermont-based Northern Third Quartet.
Kristina Stykos received $2,000 to complete a self published boxed set of poetry that reflect the daily rituals and philosophical underpinnings of rural living.
Lida Winfield received $3,500 for a performance mixing dance, theater, storytelling, video and original audio scores and explores perception in relation to the imagination.
Mary Zompetti received $1,000 for photography project documenting the landscape of Grand Isle County.
Michelle Saffran received $2,500 to photograph and produce large-format framed images of refugee families living in Vermont.
Mira Niagolova received $4,000 for documentary examining how social, societal and geographical circumstances influence people’s personal visions of paradise and perceptions of happiness.
Sam Talbot-Kelly received $1,000 for the installation of a robotic figure that interacts with participants, symbolizing the relationships between nature’s resources, technology and human consumption.
Teo Zagar received $3,500 for a 90-minute documentary film about journalist Dorothy Thompson and her husband, the bestselling novelist Sinclair Lewis.
Vermont Arts Endowment Fund 2017 Grants to Arts Organizations
Back Roads Readings received $1,000 to host free summer poetry and prose readings by published authors for audiences in the North Country of Vermont.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center received $2,000 to exhibit a new multimedia installation by Vermont photographer Joan O’Beirne.
Carving Studio and Sculpture Center received $2,000 to create a marble sculpture commemorating Vermont’s cultural and industrial heritage.
Counterpoint Chorus, Inc. received $2,000 for a concert featuring works written by a student and Vermont composer Matt LaRocca, along with pieces from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Leos Janacek.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts received $3,500 to for the commissioning, presentation, and exhibition of local performing and visual artists throughout the 2017-18 season.
Green Mountain Film Festival received $2,000 for a 4-day summit of film screenings by Vermont filmmakers.
Helen Day Art Center received $2,500 for an annual sculpture exhibit installed on the Art Center grounds and Stowe’s streets and recreation path.
Hidden Blueprints Documentary received $3,500 to make a hybrid media film that details the history and creation of a collection of wood-scrollwork that was designed by a Vermonter while incarcerated and carved upon his release.
Kingdom County Productions received $2,500 to support a tour of Jay Craven’s newest film, “Wetware,” based on the novel by longtime Putney, Vermont writer Craig Nova.
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival received $2,000 to support, promote, and exhibit the work of new independent filmmakers.
Vermont International Film Foundation received $2,000 for the exhibition, promotion, education, and awards for Vermont Films and Filmmakers.
Vermont Performance Lab received $3,000 for the commissioning, development, and presentation of new dance work by Vermont artists.
Vermont Stage Company received $3,740 to support the regional premiere of “Fun Home,” a new Tony-winning musical inspired by Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel.
The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.