In our Winter 2023 Project Grants round, we funded 21 projects totaling $89,750.
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.
Chandler Center for the Arts
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
PoemTown St. Johnsbury
$1300 to lead community engagement activities at St. Johnsbury School and with the broader community during the Kingdom Maple Festival.
$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.
Rural Arts Collaborative
Outside in Vermont: A History of Some Vermont Artists
$5000 to raise awareness of Vermont artists with disabilities.
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
$5000 to collaborate with local partners to host a public Juneteenth event in Bennington County.
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.
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.
Swanton Public Library
History Camp 2023: Tombs, Treasure, Gods, and Goddesses
$1500 for an interactive hands-on history program for ages 8-12 incorporating history, archaeology, literature, and the arts.
The Chelsea Funnery
$5000 for students ages 13-18 to immerse themselves in a Shakespeare play for two weeks, and then put on a full Shakespeare play that is free for the community.
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.
Vets Town Hall
Fall Town Halls
$5000 to facilitate Vets Town Halls in Colchester, Rutland, and in the Northeast Kingdom.