Vermont Humanities

Rapid Response Grant Awards

Group on tour in snowy Burlington

In 2023, we awarded $40,100 in Rapid Response grant funding to 42 different projects.

BarnArts Center for the Arts

The Villalobos Brothers Global Music Residency Celebration Concert

$1000 to conclude a week of Global Music Residency school workshops with a public concert by the Contemporary Mexican group.

Blake Memorial Library

Edith Wharton Book Discussion Series

$550 for a free community book discussion series, held in-person and via Zoom.

Burlington City Arts

Ethical Implications of AI

$1000 for a free public program to explore AI’s ethical implications through a moderated panel discussion.

Catamount Arts

Fall in Love Ball

$1000 to support the FALL IN LOVE Ball. A collaboration connecting Rutland County and Northeast Kingdom communities through a traditional drag show with our queens, followed by a dance party with time for people attending to catwalk, vogue and show off their drag.

Clemmons Family Farm

Vroom! Music Video Storyboard Contest for Vermont K-5 Classrooms

$1000 for a state-wide contest for K-5 students, classrooms, and their local communities to develop storyboards for a music video about Bessie Stringfield and Bessie Coleman.

Conversation Compass LLC

The Art of Gratitude

$1000 to fund Conversation Compass to host artisits Sophia Domeville on November 18 -19th. Domeville will have an art show and lecture at Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury VT on November 19th.

Craftsbury Public Library

Broadening our Book Discussions to Include Hearing and Deaf Participants

$1000 for ASL services for a discussion about the book True Biz, led by a member of the deaf community, and ASL interpretation for an additional book discussion.

Deborah Rawson Memorial Library

Poetry Workshop with Canto Cutie Zines

$450 for an event with Canto Cuties Zine staff for part of their Vermont Reads project. The presentation will incorporate a poetry reading and talk about racism through the experiences of artists and Cantonese folks’, followed by a Q&A and then a hands-on poetry-writing workshop.

Education Justice Coalition of Vermont

Reimagining Schools Connecting Communities

$1000 for a free statewide education and social justice conference.

Epsilon Spires

FLEE: Afghan Film, Cuisine, and Discussion

$1000 for a free screening of the film Flee presented with Afghan cuisine and a panel discussion about LGBTQ rights.

Jake Blount: Afrofuturist Spirituals

$1000 toward an event with Jake Blount. Blount is inspired by the Afrofuturist novels of Octavia Butler, and will explore the African American roots of music of the past to imagine how Black Spirituals will sound after a future climate catastrophe.

Full Circle Theater Collaborative

Arts Integration – Acting Out Shakespeare

$1000 to support the collaborative’s interactive work with all 9th grade English students at Burlington High School as culmination of their Romeo & Juliet unit where students will chose scenes from the play to perform.


Reckless Ideas: This Changes Everything, a Panel Discussion of AI

$1000 for a moderated discussion with expert panelists on the role Artificial Intelligence plays in our society today.

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont

GIV’s 2024 Global Issues & Youth Action Institute

$1000 for GIV 2023 Global Issues and Youth Action Institute, whichgives students a safe environment to dig deep into the issues affecting our world and where they gain the skills, confidence and empathy to make a positive difference in their community and beyond.

Hinesburg Community School

The Most Costly Journey: Middle school students learn about the lives of migrant farm workers in Vermont

$1000 for for Hinesburg school to purchase and incorporate The Most Costly Journey into their middle school humanities curriculum.

Ilsley Public Library

How to Trust the People With Reproductive Rights

$1000 for 3 part series exploring the reproductive rights..

Junction Arts and Media (JAM)

A Night of Poetry and Black Music with poet Vievee Francis and musician Steven Johnson

$800 for a reading by poet Vievee Francis with live music by blues artist Steven Johnson, grandson of legend Robert Johnson.

Johnson Racial Justice and Social Equity Committee

2023 Juneteenth Celebration

$1000 for a celebration of Juneteenth in Johnson with music performances, food, readings. Unfortunately after being awarded the group faced an obstacle forcing them to cancel the event and decline the grant.

Lamoille North Early Education Programs

Social emotional learning at home

$1000 to support the delivery of bags for families containing social emotional books, learning and project materials, as well as parent information to build resiliency and hope to community members affected by the July flooding.

Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School

Summer Reading 2023

$1000 to offer students modern, relevant, diverse, and engaging books of their choosing to keep.

Lawrence Memorial Library

Talking Books for Lawrence Memorial Library

$1000 to assist with the library’s efforts to increase their talking book collection in order to bolster literacy and break down barriers for their patrons.

Main Street Museum

Joe Citro: Bard of the Bizarre

$350 to support the museum hosting Vermont author Joe Citro for a reading and lecture.

Richard Kemp Center

Trip to Washington, DC

$1000 for a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for Vermont BIPOC students.

Rural Vermont

Agroecology, Seeds, and Biodiversity Workshops

$1000 for representatives from La Via Campesina and a farmworkers’ association in Nicaragua to offer workshops on agroecology.

South Burlington High School

Grade 9 Whole Class Reading Experience

$1000 to support South Burlington High School to purchase and have the full 9th grade school class read The Most Costly Journey at the start of school. The final project will be an interview so students can learn more about others’ experiences.

Southern Vermont Arts Center

Ashley Bryan: The Spirit of Joy Exhibition

$1000 for a panel discussion connected to SVAC’s exhibit featuring the work of illustrator and author, Ashley Bryan. He was widely respected for filling a void in children’s literature through centering stories of Black life and African folk tales.

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

Sounds and Objects: The Importance of the Book

$1000 for 3 book related events at the Athenaeum in September including David Godine speaking about his 50 years of producing fine books. A member of the former Stinehour Press will introduce David.

Sterling College

Informal Community Book Club

$1000 to support The Informal Community Book Club which provides access to free readings materials to participants who meet to discuss the book and provide hands on community care.

Sundog Poetry Center, Inc.

AMP Night in the Upper Valley

$1000 to support their AMP Night in the Upper Valley. AMP or Art/Music/Poetry events bring together an eclectic, intergenerational group of performers including Djeli, Jolivette ‘the poet warrior’, Sydney Lea, Barbara Murphy, Nanai, & Diana Whitney.

Threshold Collaborative

Beyond Testimony: Tragic Spectatorship & Victims of Trauma as Agents of Change

$1000 for a free performance of monologues by the Voices of St. Joseph’s Orphanage Writers’ Group.

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Backlash Film Screening and US Premiere

$1000 for a screening at the Vermont State House of a film about cyber-violence targeting female leaders, including former Vermont legislator Kiah Morris.

Vermont Rural Education Collaborative

Place-based Learning Seminar

$350 to support the museum hosting Vermont author Joe Citro for a reading and lecture.

Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network

In-person Student Meet-ups

$1000 in support of the network’s plans to bring their diverse group of youth members together in-person to discuss anti-racism, participate in workshops, talk with speakers, and brainstorm for the future.

Vets Town Hall

$1000 to help underwrite the cost of hosting a Place-Based Learning Seminar for teachers in November.

Vermont Humanities*** December 21, 2020