Vermont Humanities

Rapid Response Grant Awards

Group on tour in snowy Burlington

To date in 2023, we have awarded $14,350 in Rapid Response grant funding to 15 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vets Town Hall

$1000 for an event where family members of veterans were invited to speak about their experiences.

Vermont Humanities*** December 21, 2020