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