2020 Annual Report

Responding to a tumultuous year

2020 Grant Recipients

$61,900 Awarded to 26 Organizations

The Grants program, the oldest of our many programs, provides funds for diverse and dynamic humanities activities throughout the state. Learn more about our Grants program.

Bennington Museum
$5000 to support the Teacher’s Institute, an intensive, five day academic professional development program intended to aid regional educators in the creation of new programmatic curricula directly connected to the Museum’s collection.

Brattleboro Literary Festival 2020
$2000 to support festival presenters on the subject of hope and humanities. Presenters included recipients of the Nobel Prize, National Book Award, Dayton Peace Prize, and Newbury Award.

Chandler Center for the Arts
$1000 to support LGBTQ Vermonters, old and young, in sharing their stories with an audience at St. Michael’s College.

Community Asylum Seekers Project
$2000 to support CASP’s community education programming, aimed at improving our communities’ capacity to welcome and shelter asylum-seekers from diverse parts of the world.

Living Proof Mentoring
$5000 to support a limited series that provides a virtual space for connection, discussion, healing, and artistic expression for Black youth in rural communities.

Friends of the Justin Morrill Homestead
$1000 to support a photo and video camp where campers create photography and historical documentary stories using a variety of media tools while exploring the history of the Morrill Homestead and Strafford village.

Get Thee to the Funnery
$3500 to support a video project highlighting the themes of intolerance, mercy, and justice in The Merchant of Venice. The project encouraged young students to counter hate speech with constructive compassion.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
$2000 to support community pot-luck gatherings to acquaint attendees with issues of both general interest (Food for Thought) and specific interest relating to racism and bigotry in the America (Racism in America).

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont
$3500 to support humanities studies within GIV’s immersion program for high school students in the summer of 2020.

Green Mountain Library Consortium
$1000 to support a new humanities collection through ebooks and audiobooks.

Helen Day Art Center
$4000 to support public programs that expand on their 2021 exhibition of works by Botswanan artist Meleko Mokgosi.

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival 2020
$2500 to support talks related to the festival, an exploration of how significant life experiences based on physical and mental abilities affected the works of several composers.

JAG Productions
$5000 to support live conversations with panels of Black artists, writers, directors, scholars, and practitioners on the condition of Black life and Black art during a time of death, betrayal, and a global pandemic.

Mi Vida, Mi Voz
$2000 to support the Vermont-based summit, which brings together youth and experts in the humanities for two days of storytelling and reflection on the diverse cultures, languages, histories, and stories that make up rural youths’ experiences in Vermont.

Next Stage Arts Project, Inc.
$5000 to support the community-focused audio, film, and photo project documenting the impact of a cultural arts organization’s first decade.

Orleans County Historical Society
$3000 to support campers as they get to know Alexander Twilight through music and theater based on the themes of his life and times.

Recovery Vermont
$2000 to support a facilitated conversation with both leaders in the field of rehabilitation and individuals in recovery on the impact of the opioid epidemic in Vermont communities.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum
$1000 to support a public lecture offering a fresh look at Frost’s life and work, demystifying the experience of reading poetry as part of the centennial celebration of Frost’s move to Vermont.

Swanton Public Library
$1500 to support a week-long camp for children ages 7-12 that teaches history, geography, and multicultural mythology and folktales, with multiple hands-on projects.

Vermont Historical Society
$5000 to support responding to current events by producing 12 short videos designed to connect Vermonters with the stories preserved within the Historical Society’s collections.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
$1000 to support online presentations by feminist pioneer Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner about the complex history of suffrage.