Vermont Humanities

Project Grant Awards

2023 Project Grant Recipients
David Carlson wears a blue shirt and khaki pants and speaks outdoors to a group of people seated in adirondak chairs

In 2023, our Project Grants program has funded 54 projects totaling $246,250.

Art in the Neighborhood

Waterway(s) at Green Street

$5000 to support a two-week school residency in which 4th grade students will engage in a place-based historical, ecological, and cultural study of the Whetstone Brook in Brattleboro.

Atowi Project

Kchi Pôntegok Akiôtloka – The Land Speaks Its Story

$5000 to support Illustrations with GIS maps and library presentations for the pre-contact traditional cultural landscape along the Connecticut River between Skitchawaug in Springfield and Wantastegok Mskodal in Brattleboro.

Bennington Museum

Teacher’s Institute: Museums as Resources

$5000 to support an intensive, six-day academic professional development program on how to maximize the resources of the Museum’s collection to develop engaging new lesson plans.

Brattleboro Literary Festival

2023 Festival

$3000 for to support the 2023 Brattleboro Literary Festival. This year features established, award-winning authors and brilliant, emerging authors in unique pairings, sparking dynamic conversations about literature, and today’s most relevant issues.

Bradford Teen Center

2023 Teen Documentary

$5000 to support a teen driven community art project and group discussions around pressing topics.

Chandler Center for the Arts

Tidy Crimes

Panelist Discussion of Transgender Issues in Art. $4950 for a panel discussion to encourage community understanding of the visual art show, “Tidy Crimes,” which explores the experiences of four trans artists.

Corrine Yonce Studios

Longing is Just Our Word for Knowing

$5000 to celebrate neighborhood public spaces through a series of site-responsive paintings, audio interviews, and housing advocacy resources.

Definitely Gangster

An Animated Movie about Love and Friendship

$5000 for community screenings in underserved communities and cancer centers of a family-friendly magical adventure film about a child’s battle with cancer.

Education Justice Coalition of Vermont

Vermont Narratives for Change: A Storytelling Campaign against Harassment & Bullying

$5000 to support the coalitions efforts use community storytelling to shed light on experiences with harassment, hazing, and bullying in VT schools. We will raise awareness of impact and advocate for statewide school change.

Epsilon Spires

SIREN SUMMIT: a weekend conference liberating Mythology for Women and Non-binary Poets and Authors, led by Haleh Liza Gafori

$5000 for the SIREN SUMMIT: a weekend conference liberating Mythology for Women and Non- binary Poets and Authors, led by Haleh Liza Gafori, a translator, vocalist, poet, and educator of Iranian/Persian descent.

Friends of the Morrill Homestead

The Morrill Acts and HBCU’s: Libraries and Literacy

$1500 for Julius C. Jefferson to speak about the role libraries and librarians have had as keepers of African American culture and traditions at the Historically Black Colleges created by the 1890 Morrill Act.


One-Shelf Book Project

$5000 to support the One-Shelf Book Project which gifts books to schools and institutions that need appropriate books in the libraries on Native American literature.

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont

GIV’s 2024 Global Issues & Youth Action Institute

$5000 for GIV 2024 wich gives 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.

Heritage Winooski Mill Museum

Exhibit exploring Child Labor

$5000 to fund the museum’s efforts to update their exhibit on child labor to reflect more inclusive information and increase access to the information.

Inclusive Arts

Cycles Virtual Artist Talk Series

$5000 for a series of virtual artist talks featuring artists from the 5th biennial exhibition, “Cycles,” highlighting visual artwork by Vermont artists with disabilities.

JAM – Junction Arts & Media

2023 Public Programming

$5000 to underwrite a wide spread of public programming planned for 2024 including media art exhibits, poetry reading/slam, author readings, Pride Prom, and film festival.

Kellogg-Hubbard Library

PoemCity 2023

$4000 for displaying hundreds of original poems by Vermonters and presenting art, music, poetry readings, and exhibits in the Montpelier area in celebration of National Poetry Month.

PoemCity 2024

$3000 for PoemCity 2024, a community celebration of National Poetry Month, featuring a walk-able anthology of poetry by Vermonters and poetry programming.

Kingdom County Productions

Writers for Recovery Workshop

$5000 for a series of writing workshops focused on stories of addiction and recovery.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Collections Corners 2023: Providing Public Access to Humanities

$5000 for interactive guided programs that bring artifacts directly to visitors, featuring new archaeological research and stories that are not prevalent in LCMM exhibits.

Living History Association

A Remembrance of the Holocaust

$3500 to fund programming designed to illustrate the horrible effects of state-sponsored prejudice and racial discrimination.

Milton Artists’ Guild

Writing Series

$5000 for The Milton Artists’ Guild’s writing series, bringing in Vermont poets and authors of varied backgrounds and styles to present and teach at the Guild.

Montpelier Community Gospel Choir

2023 Black History Month and Juneteenth programming

$5000 to support concerts for Black History month and Juneteenth with anti-racism workshops.

Mountain Central Unified Union District

Young Adult Diverse Books Book Club Takes Last Night at the Telegraph Club to Boston

$4000 to fund a school field trip inspired by the current Vermont Reads, Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Students from Woodstock Union High School’s Young Adult Diverse Books Book Club will travel to Boston for Lunar New Year at the MFA and take a food walking tour in Chinatown.

New Vermont International Cinema

Thetford Arthouse Cinema Season 2023

$5000 for the Thetford Arthouse Cinema Season. The TAC exposes audiences — from Thetford, Strafford, Norwich, WRJ, Bradford, Vershire and Fairlee, VT, and Lyme, Orford and Hanover, NH — to “arthouse” films otherwise unavailable in the Upper Valley.

Orleans County Historical Society

Telling a More Inclusive Story/Listening Between the Lines

$5000 to develop a series of interpretive signs, a discussion toolkit, and inclusive language guide to tell a more inclusive story of the museum’s collections and to facilitate conversations.

Otter Creek Music Festival

Castle of our Skins Residency

$5000 to support the first year residency with Castle of our Skins in collaboration the Clemmons Family Farm.

The Outpost Foundation

Outpost Vermont BIPOC Fellow & Outpost BIPOC Vermont High School Fellows

$4500 for Outpost Foundation’s Fellows project which supports and advocates for one established Vermont BIPOC writer and 3-5 Vermont BIPOC high school students committed to poetry and/or fiction.

PoemTown St. Johnsbury

Community Poetry

$1300 to lead community engagement activities at St. Johnsbury School and with the broader community during the Kingdom Maple Festival.

Pushcart Productions

Act 39

$5000 for a series of performances of Rob Mermin’s play Act 39, which confronts death with dignity and end of life decisions with humor, love and compassion.

Rokeby Museum

Continuing the Legacy Efforts

$5000 to fund the museum’s long-range project entitled Continuing the Legacy: Building Community Capacity at Rokeby Museum which aims to increase access and expand their exhibitions.

Rural Arts Collaborative

Outside in Vermont: A History of Some Vermont Artists

$5000 to raise awareness of Vermont artists with disabilities.

Shakespeare in the Woods

2023 Season

$5000 for Shakespeare in the Woods’ 2023 season productions of Hamlet and The Tempest in repertory, connecting audiences with some of the most urgent issues of our time in an area with no other professional Shakespeare.

Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union

Juneteenth Celebration/Commemoration

$5000 to collaborate with local partners to host a public Juneteenth event in Bennington County.

Shelburne Museum

Sensory Friendly Fridays at Shelburne Museum

$5000 for Sensory Friendly Fridays, created in partnership with Inclusive Arts Vermont, the program offers a positive museum-going experience for children, teens, and adults with varying sensory processing differences.

Stone Valley Arts

Celebrating Abenaki Art, Heritage, and Culture

$5000 for a multi-year collaboration with the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association including an art show and outreach events. 

Sundog Poetry Center

Justice and Poetry For All

$5000 for an inclusive event that affirms the cultural and artistic contributions of Vermont’s LGBTQ+ communities through poetry workshops, readings, and community dialogue.

2024 Programs & DEI Initiatives

$5000 to support programs and internal DEI efforts including VT youth poet laureate, Justice-and Poetry for all, and multidisciplinary environmental focused events.

Sustainable Woodstock

Black Earth Wisdom: An Evening with Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm

$1500 for a presentation by food justice activist and author Leah Penniman exploring traditional farming, food sovereignty and efforts to end racism in the food system.

Swanton Arts Council

Gathering of the Realms

$5000 for a Renaissance fair that offers historical interpretations through reenactments, demonstrations, entertainment, and reflection on times past.

The Civic Standard

Strengthening Hardwick’s Civic Spirit

$5000 to strengthen and enliven Hardwick Town Meeting, through activities in the schools, community conversation, education, and play; and Town Meeting support, including childcare and food.

Threshold Collaborative

Agents of Change/Phase Two: Empowering Youth and Community Through Creative Expression in the Arts

$5000 to partner with arts and social service organizations to implement trauma-informed creative writing workshops, presentations, staged readings, and performances.

Theater in the Woods Vermont Co.

Beyond Testimony: Theater of Witness as a Vehicle for Restorative Justice

$5000 for the curriculum and content creation for their five weeks of summer theater camp with public performances, and development of a training manual for staff that can be shared.

Threshold Collaborative

Between the Lines: A Salon Series

$5000 to fund the production of a play interweaving writings by survivors of abuse at St. Joseph’s Orphanage with documentary materials from the failed lawsuits of the 1990’s brought against the Catholic Archdiocese.

Town Hall Theater

Between the Lines: A Salon Series

$5000 for BETWEEN THE LINES: A SALON SERIES, a collaboration of Town Hall Theater and the Vermont Book Shop, featuring local luminaries and facilitating important conversations built around books.

Two Daughters Production

The Afghan Women of Brattleboro

$5000 to support a series of audio stories that follows Afghan women who fled their homes after the Taliban took over their country, were resettled in Brattleboro, and are now staking a claim in their new hometown.

University of Vermont Philosophy Department

Public Philosophy Week

$5000 to underwrite the 2024 Public Philosophy Week, which hosts a week of philosophy programs that happen in and with and for the public. Participants and presenters will be discussing, lecturing, listening, sharing, tasting, watching, and wondering.

Vermont Council on Rural Development

2023 Vermont Community Leadership Summit

$5000 for the 2023 Vermont Community Leadership Summit which brings community builders & non-profit, business, and government leaders together for skill training, solutions for local initiatives, and new connections.

Vermont Folklife Center

Vermont Country Store Ethnographic Research

$5000 to support the first year of an ethnographic research project with store owners who serve immigrant & refugee backgrounds that will expand understanding of the country stores in Vermont.

Vermont Rural Education Collaborative

Northeast Kingdom Heritage Education

$5000 toward the Collaborative’s work with seven regional supervisory unions/supervisory districts and Old Stone House Museum to develop and implement Northeast Kingdom Heritage Education.

Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network

Book Project Initiative

$5000 to support the organizations continued work in offering books and curriculum to Vermont schools dedicated to anti-racisim work.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Jukebox: Color Theory

$5000 for The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Jukebox quartet partnership with Haitian/Vermont painter Julio Desmont for three concerts exploring migration and the intersection of art, geography, and history.

Vets Town Hall

Fall Town Halls

$5000 to facilitate Vets Town Halls in Colchester, Rutland, and in the Northeast Kingdom.

Vermont Humanities*** November 26, 2014