2019 Annual Report

Best Photos from 2019

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Humanities Campers looking at objects on table in museum

Thirteen schools around Vermont held Humanities Camps during the summer of 2019. Campers at the Richford Junior/Senior High School studied artifacts at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art as part of their “Ancient Egypt” theme.

Humanities campers and staff in front of lake

Like many Humanities Camps, the St. Johnsbury camp included many field trips. “We explored the genre of graphic novels, created art, and learned history about our town,” said camp director Sarah Garcia. “Each day was a new adventure in which campers engaged with humanities.”

Hamilton star Bryan Terrell Clark

Hamilton musical star Bryan Terrell Clark discussed how exposure to the arts can empower young people to discover the best version of themselves in a First Wednesdays talk in Middlebury in October.

Erica Heilman at podium

Erica Heilman explained her process for making her distinctive and insightful Rumble Strip podcast in a First Wednesdays talk in Norwich in December.

Cartoonist Rachel Lindsay with students around a table

Nearly 100 Vermont towns hosted a wide variety of Vermont Reads events in 2019 centered around March: Book One. Cartoonist Rachel Lindsay visited the Waterbury Public Library to teach a cartooning workshop to teenagers in March.

John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with VPR reporter Mitch Wertlieb

Congressman John Lewis and his March: Book One co-author Andrew Aydin spoke with VPR reporter Mitch Wertlieb in advance of their Vermont Reads presentation at the Flynn Center in October.

Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup giving book to Andrew Aydin

Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup gave Andrew Aydin and John Lewis copies of the Vermont Reads 2020 book, The Hate U Give, near the conclusion of their joint talk at the Flynn Center.

John Lewis shaking hands with young fan

Congressman John Lewis and his March: Book One co-author Andrew Aydin signed books and greeted readers for 90 minutes after their October 7 talk in Burlington.

Lapka at Asian Market showing vegetables

Attendees at our Fall Conference on “Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests, and Migrations” toured food markets in Burlington’s Old North End, a destination for immigrant and refugee families for almost 200 years.

Elise Guyette showing image on schoolbus

Elise Guyette (left) from the Burlington Edible History Tour shared photos about how markets in the Old North End neighborhood have changed between generations. Guyette helped plan and lead the tour as part of our Fall Conference.

Attendees playing a board game at the Fall Conference

During a breakout session at our Fall Conference, attendees played the board game “Refugee Journey” to learn about the challenges that refugees face as they attempt to find safety.

Kinan Azmeh and CityBand closing out our Fall Conference
Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and CityBand closed our 2019 Fall Conference with a haunting and celebratory concert of Arabic jazz music and storytelling. The event was held in partnership with the UVM Lane Series.