Vermont Humanities

Rapid Response Grant Awards

Group on tour in snowy Burlington

Catamount Arts: Up from the Roots: A Celebration of Poetry and Music
$1,000 to support bringing together artists Reuben Jackson & Myra Flynn, PoemTown, St. Johnsbury poets, and community members to read, listen to, and discuss poetry and its intersection with music. For more information about the event visit

Fermata Arts Foundation: The Peace in the World: Ukraine in Plainfield, VT
$1000 to support the “Peace in the World” exhibit focusing on Ukraine at the Cutler Library in Plainfield, VT. Complimenting the exhibit was a presentation and activities for area students. For more information visit

Moore Free Library: Windham County Interlibrary Debate Club 
$1000 to Debate Club among libraries of Windham County. Participants will learn how to debate ideas in a public setting, while increasing civic engagement and civil discourse. For more information about this program visit

MRPS Partners in Education: UES Loves Books Week
$1000 to support UES Loves Books Week program including providing students the opportunity to take home a book of their own, regardless of their financial circumstances and allowing students to participate in guest author events. For more information visit

New Vermont International Film Foundation: Split/Screen: African American Women Filmmakers
$1000 to support their February film series Split/Screen featuring 6 films by African American Women Filmmakers and two online conversations. The online conversations with featured filmmakers Ashley O’Shay, Natasha NGaiza, and Ekwa Msangi will be made available for free on Vermont International Film Foundations website ( The film screenings are ticketed. To purchase tickets or passes visit

Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security: 2022 Resilient Vermont Conference
$1,000 to support a conference for Vermonters to engage with each other, their communities, and the state at large through meaningful and interdisciplinary discussions and problem-solving. For more information about this program visit

Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union: Juneteenth Celebration
$$1,000 to support the Juneteenth Celebration with the goal of supporting community, education, and collaboration. For more information visit

Sustainable Woodstock: Rights of Nature: An Evening with Winona LaDuke in Celebration of Earth Day—April 22, 2022
$1,000 to support a presentation by Winona LaDuke—renowned environmentalist and social activist from the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. The talk offered a dynamic presentation on equitable justice and the rights of nature. For more information visit

Tunbridge Public Library: Generation Connect
$1,000 to support Generation Connect, a multi-age book club. Participants from 7 through adulthood read the same book, engage in discussion, participate in generation connecting activities, and coordinating art projects and discourse. For more information about this program visit

Vermont Holocaust Memorial: The Courage to Remember
$1,000 to support the Courage to Remember exhibit at the Fletcher Free Library and facilitate connected educational programs. For more information visit

Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network: Book Project
$1,000 to support the Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network Book Project where a diverse array of books about race and racial justice books are selected and donated to classrooms. Lesson plans are designed, and the network connects to classrooms to through Zoom. For more information about this program visit

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Music for Days Like This: Artists of Color 
$1000 to support the VSO’s March 27th online concert, as well as a corresponding educational webinar. The concert itself will feature music by composers of color and will integrate poetry and visual art by BIPOC artists. For more information about the event or to get tickets visit

Vermont Humanities*** December 21, 2020