Humanities GrantsMaking Humanities Happen throughout Vermont
Recent Grant Awards
2019 Grant Recipients — $49,750 Awarded to 27 Organizations
The Grants program, the oldest of our many programs, provides funds for diverse and dynamic humanities activities throughout the state. Learn more about our Grants program.
Arts and Humanities for Equity: Poetry and Culturally Responsive Curriculum – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
$2000 to support the Arts and Humanities for Equity: Poetry and Culturally Responsive Curriculum keynote address at the Flynn by a national expert on ethnic and socially relevant pedagogy. This program will advance Vermont educators’ expertise in teaching poetry with an equitable framework and offer continuing education credit.
Because of Women Like Her… – Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance
$1000 to support an educational exhibit and curriculum guide where students learn the history of women’s fight for the vote, investigate racism in the movement, and apply suffrage strategies to personal causes.
Books and Beyond Camp – Swanton Public Library
$1050 for a camp to promote and enhance multicultural and multi-genre literacy for ages 6-12. The camp will involve group reading and discussion, storytelling, readers’ theater, and book-related hands-on activities.
Bookstock Literary Festival, Woodstock
$2000 to support Bookstock, Woodstock’s literary festival, July 26–28, 2019, featuring over forty authors and poets of all genres. Attendees will also enjoy perusing second-hand book fairs, exploring book art, listening to music, and much more. The festival is free and open for all ages.
Brattleboro Literary Festival 2019
$2000 to support the 2019 annual Brattleboro Literary Festival, a four-day event, October 17-20, 2019. The Festival, which is free and open to the public, builds community by uniting readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, and the power of words.
Empowerment for a Better Tomorrow: An Evening with Frances Moore Lappe – Sustainable Woodstock
$1000 to support a public talk by world-renowned author and activist Frances Moore Lappe, who will shed light on the transformative environmental, cultural, and political issues of our time.
Ethan Allen Documentary and Educational Materials Project – Ethan Allen Homestead Foundation
$1000 to support a film and discussion guide on the life and times of Ethan Allen, plus elementary, middle and high school lesson plans created with Vermont teachers to be distributed for free to Vermont schools, libraries, parks and public broadcasting outlets.
Helen Day Art Center
$1000 to support the Helen Day Art Center’s 2020 public programs, including artist talks, discussions, and multidisciplinary panels that expand on historic and current themes related to their exhibitions, and “Art 101” lectures to build audience understanding of art history and collecting.
History Camp 2019 – Swanton Public Library
$1200 to support a week-long camp for kids ages 6-12. Each day campers are introduced to specific regions, countries, or cultures throughout history. Campers dive into history through exploring maps and tracing timelines, exposure to books and readings, as well as many creative hands-on projects.
Intergenerational Oral History Presentation Series – Next Stage Arts Project, Inc
$2000 to present a series of community-based storytelling events and performances focused on building connections among multi-generational audiences with a common theme of origin stories.
Lectures to Enhance the Second Vermont Classical Play – University of Vermont Department of Classics
$2000 to support four lectures by University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and Boston University faculty to enhance the March 2020 production of the ancient comedy “Clouds” by Aristophanes. Topics include “Ancient Drama and the City,” “Dionysia,” “Aristophanes and Old Comedy,” and “Sophists and Pre-Socratic Philosophy.”
More Than a Market: Finding Community in Burlington-Area Immigrant Neighborhoods – Historic New England
$2000 to support an exhibition and companion walking tour that explores the experiences of New Americans in the Burlington area through the stories of both past and present-day markets owned by newcomers from around the world.
New England Museum Association Vermont Scholarships
$3000 to support scholarships for Vermont residents to attend The New England Museum Association (NEMA) 101st Conference in Burlington, November 6-8, 2019.
Paul Searls Book Programming – Vermont Historical Society
$2000 to support a collaborative project between the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Department of Libraries to host programming that encourages community dialogue around the themes of immigration, landscape change, the tension between progress and preservation, and the nature of rural life as found in Paul Searl’s new book, Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century.
PlayTalks 2019 – Dorset Theatre Festival
$1500 to support the PlayTalks, expert-led presentations that enable audience members to learn, reflect, discuss and ask questions to deepen their appreciation and understanding of productions they attend at Dorset Theatre Festival. This summer’s talks include “The Golden Age of Detective Fiction: Dame Agatha Christie” by Catherine Sheeley and a panel discussion, “The Art of Adaptation: Using Literature as a Source for New Plays.”
PoemCity 2020 – Kellogg-Hubbard Library
$3500 to support PoemCity 2020, a celebration of National Poetry Month in April. PoemCity features a walkable anthology of Vermont contemporary poetry displayed on broadsides throughout downtown Montpelier, as well as readings, workshops and presentations.
Puppets in the Green Mountains: Keynote and Access through the Arts – Sandglass Theater
$1000 to support public programs, lunchtime forums, and a keynote address during the 2020 Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival in Brattleboro, aimed to build vibrant communities and contribute to our collective cultural knowledge through engagement with ideas.
Rokeby Museum Special Exhibit Lecture Series
$1000 to support the Rokeby Museum for a series of humanities programs that will illuminate the history of slavery, abolition, and reconstruction; current-day racism and bias; and the challenge of making a living in 19th- and early 20th-century Vermont.
Stand Up for Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Eleanor Roosevelt – Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
$2000 to support Stand Up for Human Rights, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Eleanor Roosevelt’s work through six presentations this October—four at Vermont high schools and two public events at Vermont colleges.
Sutras for a Suffering World: The Poetry of David Budbill Set to Music, a Community Discussion – Scrag Mountain Music
$1500 to support a free community discussion with composers Evan Premo and William Parker and with Lois Eby (Dave Budbill’s wife) and Nadine Budbill (his daughter) that explores the intersection of music and words.
Time Travelers’ Day Camp: Full Immersion Pioneer/Abenaki Camp – Old Stone House Museum
$3000 to support the Old Stone House Museum’s Time Traveler’s Day Camp, an in-depth and intensive humanities camp. Campers, age 8-12, are immersed in pioneer and Abenaki settlement camps, where they will explore the period of first contact between both cultures when both were co-existing in northern Vermont.
To Sing of Common Things: Making A Way Out of No Way – Clemmons Family Farm
$2000 to support the 2019 Clemmons Family Farm Humanities Speakers’ Series, “To Sing of Common Things: African American Stories of Making A Way Out of No Way.” The series of talks will share literary works, historic accounts and life stories about selected African-American achievements. These include the story of six former slaves who became the first African-American millionaires, personal stories of current African-American Vermonters, as well as the lives of two historic Vermont African-American figures, Martin Freeman and Lemuel Haynes.
Trauma, Veterans, and Shakespeare – Norwich University
$3000 to support a project to explore how literature, theater, and Shakespeare help veterans find resilience in the face of trauma.
Voices and Votes: A Centennial Reflection on Women’s Suffrage in Northwestern Vermont – Saint Albans Museum
$1000 to support an exhibit highlighting the people, places, and ideas that defined the women’s suffrage movement in northwestern Vermont, allowing visitors to discover new voices and perspectives around voting rights and our local political and social history.
2020 Weston Playhouse Teachers Workshop – Weston Playhouse
$1000 to support the 20th Annual Teachers Workshop at Walker Farm. The day-long program features an expert keynote and provides materials and tools to support exploration of the play An Iliad.
WSESU Reads The Benefits of Being an Octopus – Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
$2000 to support the WSESU community read of a book by Vermont author Ann Braden. The project uses The Benefits of Being an Octopus to connect a broad spectrum of our community through discussion and dialogue on the book’s themes. Participants include students, families, and staff in grades 4-12 in all ten WSESU schools as well as members of the community through a partnership with key community organizations including the Brooks Memorial Library and Brattleboro Literary Festival.
Year of Mystery – John G. McCullough Free Library
$4000 to support a dynamic series of opportunities for people of all ages to deepen their appreciation for the mystery genre and to connect with their fellow enthusiasts. This community project is a collaboration between the John G. McCullough Free Library, the Bennington Free Library, the Baker Street Breakfast Club, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, and the Friends of John G. McCullough Free Library.
Humanities Grants Awards 2018
2018 Grant Recipients — $40,000 Awarded to 21 Organizations
The Grants program, the oldest of the Council’s many programs, provides funds for diverse and dynamic humanities activities throughout the state. Learn more about our Grants program.
And Justice for All Exhibit and We the People Lectures – Friends of the Morrill Homestead
$1,000 to support a lecture and an exhibit commemorating the sesquicentennial of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the role Vermont statesman Justin Smith Morrill played in framing the Amendment. Both will explore equality and civil liberties. Exhibit will run August 1st through October 14.
2018 Bookstock Literary Festival, Woodstock
$2,000 to support Bookstock, Woodstock’s literary festival, celebrating its 10th year on the weekend of July 27–29. Free and for all ages. Over forty authors and poets of all genres, second-hand book fairs, book art, music, and much more.
Brattleboro Literary Festival 2018
$2,000 to support the Brattleboro Literary Festival, a three-day celebration of literature. The festival presents both award-winning literary authors and emerging authors in a series of free events including panel discussions, exhibitions, readings and special events. October 12–14.
2018 Burlington Book Festival
$2,000 to support the 2018 Burlington Book Festival taking place in the city’s downtown. It offers readings, workshops, panels and more featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner. September 28-30.
Champlain Colloquium – Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
$3,000 to support the Champlain Colloquium which will gather academic partners, teachers, and the public for a two-day meeting to examine the life and legacy of Samuel de Champlain in August. Participants will use primary sources to explore 17th-century connections to current themes.
Global Roots Film Festival: The Sound of Film – Vermont International Film Foundation
$1,500 to support a 3-day film festival led by film historian and composer Neil Brand. Presented by VTIFF in partnership with Lyric Theatre Company, it focuses on the history of the musical film and its role in the development of cinema language.
History Camp 2018 – Swanton Public Library
$1,500 to support the History Camp, a free annual summer camp for kids ages 6-12 that uses PowerPoint presentations, maps and timelines, artifacts, hands-on projects, and stories to introduce kids to American and world history and archaeology.
Justice—and Poetry—for All – Sundog Poetry Center, Inc.
$1,500 to support a celebration of African American Poetry, the first event in an annual series of readings held at Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte.
Peacham Landing Community Project – Peacham Library
$2,000 to support a storytelling and community-building project to gather and share stories, both historical and contemporary, of what draws people to our community. What brought us here? And why do we stay?
Philosophy Week 2019 – University of Vermont Philosophy Department
$3,000 to support the 3rd Annual Public Philosophy Week, March 24th through 30th. The state-wide festival of features discussions, lectures, readings, screenings, tastings, and workshops, on issues of philosophical concern.
PlayTalks 2018: Women’s Voices – Dorset Theatre Festival
$1,000 to support the Dorset Theatre Festival’s PlayTalks: Women’s Voices, which feature multiple humanities-based panels and discussions to accompany its 2018 season. Discussions will include “Jane Austen: An 18th Century Woman for the 21st Century,” women in theatre, and women in politics. June 1–September 1.
PoemCity 2019 – Kellogg-Hubbard Library
$4,000 to support PoemCity 2019, a festival of poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month in April. PoemCity features a walkable anthology of Vermont contemporary poetry on broadsides throughout downtown Montpelier with readings, workshops and presentations occuring throughout the month.
Stage 33 Live Presentations – Stage 33 Live LTD
$500 to support Stage 33 Live, a humanities-drenched TV/radio/web series featuring scholars, writers, musicians, and others recorded and filmed during live listening events. June 1– December 31.
Time Travelers Camp 2018 – Orleans County Historical Society
$2,000 to support the Time Travelers’ Camp, where campers ages 8-12 will embark on another exciting journey through history! Participants will dive into local stories, people, and places using art and humanities as a lens through which to learn. July 23–27.
“To Sing of Common Things” Lecture Series – Clemmons Family Farm
$2,850 to support the 2018 Clemmons Family Farm Humanities Speakers’ Series, “To Sing of Common Things: The Voices of Young People in 2018,” which features ten teenage scholars who will share their process in developing creative works and discuss the meaning of their work. At Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, June 16 through October 31.
Traveling Exhibits for Inter-library Loans – Vermont Folklife Center
$1,500 to support the creation of three portable exhibits on the cultural heritage of Vermont to distribute to public libraries using the inter-library loan system. In addition, there will be free programs related to exhibit content at each host library. June 2018–May 2019.
“The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur”: presentations by author Scott S. Greenberger – Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
$1,500 to support the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation’s hosting of Scott S. Greenberger, author of The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur, for two programs at our presidential state historic sites: August 4th at Plymouth Notch and August 5th in Fairfield.
The Vermont International Festival Abenaki Culture Lectures and Demonstration – Vermont Performing Arts League
$1,000 to support the Abenaki community presenting lecture/demonstrations at the Vermont International Festival at the Champlain Valley Expo Center. An additional event will be held in Spring 2019, when Abenakis will discuss their history and issues.
Vermont Music History Exhibit – Big Heavy World
$1,000 to support an exhibit contextualizing music experiences in Vermont with audio interpretation by live music photographers and interactive documentary footage of Vermonters whose lives were shaped as teenagers by a historic Burlington music venue. The exhibit will debut at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, January 2019.
Visible in Vermont: Our Stories Our Voices – Root Social Justice Center
$2,500 to support the multi-generational photo and story exhibit highlighting the experiences of people of color living and going to school in Vermont. The project is a medium for People of Color to tell our own stories and convey the impact of racism on our lives.
2019 Teacher Workshop – Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
$2,650 to support a day-long program featuring an expert keynote speaker and providing materials and tools to support an exploration Paula Vogel’s 2015 play Indecent with keynote by Professor Ellen W. Kaplan of Smith College, and an afternoon workshop run by Teaching Artist Bronwyn Sims.
Humanities Grants Awards 2017
2017 Grant Recipients — $40,000 Awarded to 20 Organizations
The Grants program, the oldest of the Council’s many programs, provides funds for diverse and dynamic humanities activities throughout the state. Learn more about our Grants program.
$3,000 to support public programming related to the Fleming Museum’s exhibition of Afro-Atlantic Sacred Arts, highlighting the connections between the West African Yoruba religion, Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé.
$2,000 to support programming related to this traveling exhibition—a partnership between the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vermont Abenaki artists, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts—presenting Abenaki garments and accessories as traditional and contemporary art and reflections of culture, history, and identity.
$2,000 to support Bookstock, Woodstock’s literary festival, on July 28 – 30, featuring renowned and regional authors presenting fiction, poetry, history, nature, and more.
$2,500 to support the 16th annual festival, presenting a diverse group of authors whose work provides a window to explore humanity and human nature in our culture and in others.
Bringing the World to our Community – One World Library Project
$2,500 to support the One World Library Project’s expansion of public programs in 2017-2018, fostering an exchange of ideas and experiences about world cultures.
$2,000 to support the 13th annual festival September 15–17, held in a variety of downtown venues and featuring literary luminaries from around the world—and just around the corner.
Community Conservation Series: Relationship Across Difference – Shelburne Farms
$2,000 to support the collaboration between Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum, All Souls Interfaith Gathering, and the Pierson Library to engage Vermonters in the lost art of conversation. Fran Stoddard moderates conversations: March 7, 14, and 21 with distinguished guests.
Film Study Short Course: “Coming of Age: An Exploration of Identity Creation in Film” – Focus on Film, Inc.
$2,600 to support the Green Mountain Film Festival’s offering of a Film Study Short Course that will run during the festival. The course will explore the theoretical and historical aspects of a single, unifying film theme: “Coming of Age: An Exploration in Identity Formation in Film.”
Goddard College, Telling Our Stories: An Oral History of Place, Race, and Education – Goddard College
$1,000 to support the Goddard College in examining its racial history through interviews with faculty and staff of color, and sharing the results with the public through broadcasts and conversation on WGDR community radio.
$1,000 to support the Swanton Library History Camp, a free, week-long kids’ summer camp which uses presentations, maps and timelines, hands-on projects, games, legends, books, and theme-appropriate snacks to introduce kids to American and world history.
History, Race, and Inclusive Education – The Flow of History
$2,000 to support a year-long professional development program for teachers focused on using history as an entry point to discuss race and racism in the classroom. The year will culminate in a teacher institute and public talk on history and racism in Vermont.
Latchis Arts Enriched Film Screenings – Latchis Arts, Inc.
$1,000 to support the Latchis Arts’ film series, which seeks to enrich conversations emerging from films with scholars, speakers, and journalists.
Lectures to Enhance the Ambrose Classical Play – University of Vermont Department of Classics
$2,000 to support four public lectures to complement the inaugural Ambrose Classical Play Helen by Euripides, March 22–25, 2018 at the Main Street Landing Black Box Theater.
Oral Histories of Canaan, Vermont – Alice M. Ward Memorial Library
$1,400 to support a participatory public oral history program in which local residents are interviewed by other locals about major recent occurrences using digital audio recorders.
$4,000 to support Kellogg-Hubbard Library’s PoemCity 2018, a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month that features a walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry, workshops, presentations, and readings during the month of April.
Public Philosophy Week – University of Vermont Philosophy Department
$1,500 to support a week of public philosophical activities—conversations, lectures, readings, tastings, viewings—on issues of public concern.
Solzhenitsyn at 100 – Vermont Historical Society
$3,000 to support the Vermont Historical Society, in partnership with the Cavendish Historical Society and the University of Vermont, to celebrate the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in honor of his 100th birthday.
$1,000 to support the Time Travelers Camp, an in-depth Vermont history program for youth ages 8-12, which uses primary source documents integrated with training in period hand skills to introduce children to local history.
“To Sing of Common Things” Humanities Speakers’ Series – Clemmons Family Farm
$1,500 to support the the “To Sing of Common Things” Humanities Speakers’ Series which guides audiences through landmark African American/African literature, music and performance about love, identify, politics and daily life.
2018 Teacher Workshop – Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
$2,000 to support the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s 18th annual Teachers Workshop, which will bring together educators from across Vermont to explore their 2018 American Masters selection, August Wilson’s play Two Trains Running on April 10, 2018 as well as their annual School Matinee production.
Humanities Grants Awards 2016
2016 Grant Recipients — $40,000 Awarded to 21 Organizations
The Grants program, the oldest of the Council’s many programs, provides funds for diverse and dynamic humanities activities throughout the state. Learn more about our Grants program.
An Abolitionist Family Photo Album – Rokeby Museum
$3,000 to support talks about the history of abolition and its continuing relevance today, as programming accompanying and expanding on an exhibit of historic photographs of abolitionists.
$1,300 to support screenings of “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” and panel discussions led by community leaders throughout Vermont aimed at deepening individual understanding of unconscious bias and building a collective will for change.
Bookstock Literary Festival 2016 – Sustainable Woodstock
$2,500 to support the eighth annual Bookstock Literary Festival, bringing together over 35 authors, poets, and other artists for a three-day celebration of the literary arts and humanities. Bookstock especially features regional writers and small presses.
Brattleboro Literary Festival 2016 (15th Annual) – Brattleboro Literary Festival
$2,500 to support a free, weekend-long festival featuring award-winning and emerging writers in a series of readings, panel discussions and special events.
Burlington Book Festival 2016 (12th Annual) – Burlington Book Festival
$2,500 to support Burlington’s 12th annual celebration of the written word, offering free readings, workshops, panels, exhibits, family activities, musical performances, and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner!
Burlington Rising – Fletcher Free Library
$2,000 to support a series of lectures, culinary workshops, and community discussions centered on the historical role of food in human civilization and its connection to cultural identity.
Coming Home from War – South Burlington Community Library
$600 to support a five-part speaker series that will explore the universal experience of war across time and cultures, examine the responsibility of our society to survivors of war, and discuss the impact of war on our communities.
Connected through the Land – Park-McCullough House Association
$1,500 to support an exhibition, oral history archive, and lecture series dedicated to the investigation of place-based history.
Disability Awareness through Literature and Workshops – Changing Perspectives
$1,500 to support the creation of six literature units which focus on books that include characters with invisible disabilities, as well as workshops to train teachers and librarians on using literature to teach about disabilities.
Dorset Theatre Festival PlayTalks – Dorset Theatre Festival
$1,000 to support three humanities-based PlayTalks events around the Dorset Theatre Festival’s 2016 season.
Green Mountain Film Festival 2017 (20th Annual) – Focus on Film, Inc.
$2,000 to support the 20th annual festival of independent and international films, renowned guests, and great discussions on film and culture, March 17-25, 2017.
The History of Racing in Milton – Milton Historical Society and Museum
$1,000 to support a three-month series of talks, panel discussions, oral history opportunities, and quality exhibits of racing memorabilia that will capture the car racing frenzy rampant in Milton, Vermont from 1955-1987 at Catamount Stadium, which related to the historic rise of NASCAR nationwide.
Nepali Heritage Program – Vermont Hindu Temple
$2,100 to support an educational program for Nepali Bhutanese children ages 8-13 who are interested in learning more about their cultural heritage. The interdisciplinary culture curriculum will showcase and share diverse ways of knowing within this community.
$2,500 to support a celebration of Vermont poetry. It offers a walkable anthology of contemporary poems by Vermonters of all ages and exhibits, workshops, poetry art installations and readings.
$1,000 to support Randolph’s 4th annual PoemTown celebration during National Poetry Month in April 2017. PoemTown will illuminate the importance of poetry in our lives through poems posted in store windows throughout the town, free public readings, educational experiences, workshops, and discussions.
2017 Teachers Workshop — Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
$1,000 to support the 17th Annual Teachers Workshop on April 4, 2017 at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont. The day-long Teachers Workshop will explore Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Telling Stories: Investigating History – The Flow of History
$1,500 to support a teacher institute focused on history and historical narrative. A morning talk and workshop with Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and public evening talk by Jane Beck will explore the relevance and role of history and storytelling in Vermont culture.
Time Travelers Camp 2016 – Orleans County Historical Society
$3,000 to support a camp exploring local history via site study, role playing, hand skills, and journaling. Primary documents, artifacts, and images from museum collections illustrate the theme.
Understanding Cuba through Film – Windham World Affairs Council
$2,000 to support a free, monthly series combining film, Cuban dinner, and expert discussion to explore essential aspects of socialist Cuban society.
$2,500 to support a network of 144 VT authors, 64 indie bookstores, 18 Vermont book clubs, 29 libraries that host author events, 4 VT literary festivals, 18 book and arts reviewers, 5 book publicists, and six colleges and venues teaching the literary arts.
Weaving a Common Thread of Humanities – Governor’s Institutes of Vermont
$3,000 to support curriculum development and content delivery to create a common humanities thread within renowned arts, humanities and STEM programming for teenagers at the summer 2016 Governor’s Institutes.
Humanities Grants Awards 2015
2015 Grant Recipients — $35,000 Awarded to Twenty Organizations
AXIS Lecture Series – Southern Vermont Dance Festival
$1,000 to support bringing AXIS Company to Brattleboro to lead lectures, round tables, and workshops on the history, philosophy, ethics and context of access, and integrated learning in the arts.
Brattleboro Literary Festival 2015 (14th annual) – Building a Better Brattleboro
$3,000 to support the 14th annual festival, which will feature readings, panels and special events celebrating storytelling with Francine Prose, Jim Shepard, Vijay Seshadri, Laura J. Snyder, Bill Roorbach, Ellen Bryant Voigt and many more.
$1,000 to support a community-driven production of the children’s opera, Brundibar, by Hans Krasa, augmented by four public lectures. Two different scholars will speak about the social and historical significance of this powerful work.
$3,000 to support the Queen City’s 11th annual celebration of the written word, which will feature literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner.
$1,500 to support a series of interviews covering a wide range of topics with some of Vermont’s most interesting and well-known poets. Vermonters participate by submitting questions ahead of each interview to .
$2,000 to support a ten-day festival comprised of films, renowned guests, and great discussions on film and culture, fostering a film community and bringing the best films from around the world to Central Vermont.
History Camp – Swanton Public Library
$1,000 to support a free, week-long summer camp for children ages 6-12. In 2016, History Camp offers a world history program covering ancient Mexico, India, Rome, the Vikings, and the Middle Ages.
Hoag Farm Welcome Kiosk – Willowell Foundation, Monkton
$2,000 to support a Welcome Kiosk at Willowell Educational Center, the former location of historic Hoag Farm. Vergennes Union High School students will interview Monkton residents and create materials and Willowell will then build the kiosk to function as an ongoing historical program.
Lifelong Learning Music Series 2015-2016 (15th Annual) – South Burlington Community Library
$800 to support a series of presentations highlighting composers, conductors, and musical genres in their cultural and historical contexts while deepening music appreciation through greater understanding.
$1,000 to support a four-part series exploring different themes in literature and art. Hands-on workshops and educative lectures will focus on the exploration of history, religion, poetry, and theater; providing rooted connections to the interdisciplinary nature of art.
PlayTalk: Intimate Apparel – Dorset Theatre Festival
$1,000 to support two humanities-based PlayTalk events to be offered in conjunction with a production of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s celebrated play Intimate Apparel.
$1,000 to support a month-long poetry celebration, featuring major poets, an open-mic night poetry event, and highlighting student, faculty, and community member poetry.
$4,200 to support a showcase of the work of Vermont’s contemporary poets in a walkable anthology around Montpelier, including free workshops and presentations throughout April.
Presidential Writers Conversation Series – Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier
$1,000 to support the Presidential Writers Conversation Series, which brings major national literary figures to Vermont in order to promote the importance of literature and writing and to allow the Vermont community to take part in a big-picture discussion about literature.
$2,500 to support a biannual festival celebrating Vermont history, in connection with the 2016 theme “H20: The Power of Water in Vermont History.”
2016 Teachers Workshop – Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
$1,000 to support a workshop bringing together educators from across Vermont to explore Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and discover ways to bring it to life for their students.
$3,500 to support a week-long educational summer camp. Campers will choose a person who lived in Brownington in 1855 and research primary sources to find out what happened to them and their family in the years up to 1870. Lesson plans and digitized primary sources will be put up on the museum website.
Triptych Journey’s Precious Guru Exhibition and Complementary Events – Fractured Atlas, Burlington
$750 to support an exhibition and complementary events that will explore, through multimedia and public dialogue, the magical and profound story of Guru Rinpoche and his enduring impact on the spiritual and medical practices of Himalayan Buddhists.
The Vermont Romance Tour 2016 – Vermont International Film Foundation
$2,500 to support a centenary tour of A Vermont Romance (1916), the first known narrative film shot in Vermont. The tour will engage audiences with the historical significance of the film, and raise awareness of the legacy of Vermont films and the need to preserve and make them accessible.
$1,250 to support the planning and execution of Vermont Folklife Center Vision & Voice Gallery traveling exhibitions and related public programming at venues around the state.
Humanities Grants Awards 2014
$36,000 Awarded to Nineteen Organizations
A Celebration of the Life in Poetry of Vermont Poet Galway Kinnell, Montpelier — Back Roads Readings
$1,550 to support a celebration of the life and work of former Vermont Poet Laureate Galway Kinnell in the Statehouse. His most cherished and notable poems will be read by his fellow poets, followed by a reception with the poet in the Cedar Creek Room. Back Roads Readings
Bookstock: The Green Mountain Literary Festival, Woodstock — Sustainable Woodstock
$1,400 to support the 6th annual festival, which will bring 40 poets, writers, and artists to read from and discuss their work. It also includes a huge used book sale, exhibition tent, music, and food. Bookstock: The Green Mountain Literary Festival
Brattleboro Literary Festival — Building A Better Brattleboro
$1,750 to support the 13th annual festival, a celebration of literature and writing featuring Pulitzer Prize winning authors Joseph Ellis and Paul Muldoon plus 40 more emerging and established authors. Brattleboro Literary Festival
Burlington Book Festival — Stern Center for Language and Learning
$1,400 to support the Queen City’s tenth annual celebration of the written word, which will offer free readings, signings, workshops, panels, exhibits, and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner! Headliners include Kim Addonizio, Jeff Danziger, Katherine Paterson, Jennifer Haigh, Chase Twichell, Leslie Jamison and Vijay Seshadri. Burlington Book Festival
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2015 — Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
$1,500 to support events to engage the community with a series of educational lectures centered on the cultural and artistic diversity of jazz music and its history through discussions with scholars, prestigious musicians, and filmmakers. Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Green Mountain Film Festival 2015 — Focus on Film
$2,000 to support a ten-day festival bringing the best films from around the world, renowned guests, and great discussion on film and culture to Central Vermont. Green Mountain Film Festival
Interdisciplinary Programs Associated with Dance Photographs Drawn from Bennington College Dance Archives Exhibition, Burlington — Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
$2,000 to support an interdisciplinary series inviting the public to deepen their understanding of contemporary dance, an often misunderstood art form. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Lifelong Learning Music Series — South Burlington Community Library
$600 to support a lecture series that offers a glimpse into the music and lives of composers of classical music. The series highlights composers, conductors, and musical genres in their cultural and historical contexts, deepening music appreciation through greater understanding. South Burlington Community Library
Literature Into Film, Randolph — Chandler Center for the Arts
$2,000 to support screenings and discussions to introduce eight remarkable films which were inspired by, or adapted from, significant literary works. Chandler Center for the Arts
PoemCampus –Norwich University
$800 to support a community poetry celebration in Northfield modeled after PoemCity. PoemCampus Norwich
PoemCity 2015 — Kellogg-Hubbard Library
$5,000 to support this annual project which celebrates National Poetry Month with a wide variety of programs related to poetry, including discussions of poetry as well as a walkable anthology of the work of contemporary Vermont poets. The poetry of children and adults offers creativity and promotes conversation about poetry for the people who live in or visit Montpelier. PoemCity
Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series — Sundog Poetry Center
$1,500 to support ten events to be held at independent bookstores throughout Vermont in which poets share their expertise through lectures, readings of their work, and discussion with the audience. Sundog Poetry Center
Reading the Agricultural Landscape — Norwich Historical Society
$1,000 to support hands-on workshops examining the past, present, and future of Norwich’s farms, preserving the local harvest, and “reading” the agricultural landscape, as well as a community forum involving residents as active historians and engaged citizens. Norwich Historical Society/Reading the Agricultural Landscape
The Storybook Opera Project: The Secret Garden — Opera Theater of Weston
$2,000 to support a project designed to enrich the important lessons offered in the opera and book The Secret Garden. For this educational pre-performance program, two teaching artists will tour to 30 southern Vermont schools, working with the study guide. Opera Theater of Weston
Time Travelers Camp, Brownington — Old Stone House Museum
$3,500 to support children and teens exploring local history at the museum via site study, role playing, handskills, and journaling. Primary documents, artifacts, and images from museum collections illustrate the theme. Old Stone House Museum /Time Travelers Camp
Vermont Author Talks — Young Writers Project
$5,000 to support live streaming video of a series of talks by Vermont authors to libraries with the requisite equipment, with author follow-up online. Young Writers Project
Vermont History Expo, Tunbridge — Vermont Historical Society
$2,000 to support a biennial celebration of Vermont’s history and heritage featuring heritage animals, traditional crafts, local history exhibits, author talks, scholarly presentations, living history, and more. Vermont Historical Society
Vermont International Film Festival, Burlington and Middlebury — Vermont International Film Foundation
$500 to support the festival. This year, award-winning television producer and historian Taylor Downing will give lectures on films relating to the Cold War accompanied by screenings. Venues include the VT International Film Festival in Burlington, Middlebury College, and UVM Elder Education. Vermont International Film Foundation
Writer’s Forum, Greensboro — Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency
$500 to support workshops, colloquia, and readings with fifteen established writers and teachers examining the theme of “Tradition and The Craft of Writing.” Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency
Humanities Grants Awards 2013
VHC Awarded $40,150 to Twenty-Two Organizations
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Words of Truth Change History, Cavendish Historical Society
$1,500 to support development and distribution of curriculum materials to accompany the society’s children’s biography of Solzhenitsyn. Cavendish Historical Society
Archives and Records Emergency Preparedness Project, Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board, Statewide
$2,400 to support workshops and site visits for records administrators around the state to improve emergency planning and preparedness. Archives and Records Emergency Preparedness Project
Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words 2013, Pentangle Arts Council, Woodstock
Brattleboro Literary Festival 2013 (12th Annual), Building A Better Brattleboro
$1,750 to support the three-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Brattleboro Literary Festival
Burlington Book Festival 2013 (9th Annual), Stern Center for Language and Learning
$1,700 to support the Queen City’s celebration of the written word. Burlington Book Festival
Civil War Sesquicentennial Speakers Series, Dorset Theatre Festival
$1,000 to support speakers augmenting the production of the renowned Civil War drama The Whipping Man, written by Mathew Lopez. Dorset Theatre Festival
Covered Bridges of Woodstock Exhibit, Woodstock Historical Society
$2,000 to support a year-long exhibit on Woodstock’s covered bridges past and present. Woodstock Historical Society
Full Circle Festival, Fractured Atlas, Burlington
Green Mountain Club Historical Archives Project, Green Mountain Club, Waterbury
$3,000 to support the overhaul of in-house archives documenting the club’s 103-year history. Green Mountain Club
Green Mountain Film Festival, Focus on Film, Montpelier
$2,600 to support the appearance of humanities scholars at the 17th annual festival. Green Mountain Film Festival
Homestead Lecture Series, Ethan Allen Homestead Foundation, Burlington
$1,000 to support a monthly series of lectures and living history events where local experts present on topics pertinent to Vermont history. Ethan Allen Homestead Foundation
Listen Up! Vermont: Digital Collection Expansion, Green Mountain Library Consortium, Statewide
$1,500 to support the purchase of new e-books available to patrons at all member libraries. Listen Up! Vermont
The Humanities in Music Lecture Series, Yellow Barn Music School & Festival, Putney
$1,000 to support pre-concert talks for the summer season. The Humanities in Music Lecture Series, Yellow Barn Music School & Festival
Spoken Word Series 2013, Next Stage Arts Project, Inc., Putney
$2,000 to support the appearances of Bill Littlefield, Archer Mayor, and Taylor Mali. Next Stage Arts Project, Inc.
The Town House Forum 2013, Morrill Memorial and Harris Library Trustees, Strafford
$1,000 to support a series of readings with panel discussions and audience participation. Morrill Memorial and Harris Library
PoemCity 2014, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier
Randolph PoemTown, Randolph Area Community Development Corporation
$1,000 to support a project modeled on Montpelier’s PoemCity. Randolph PoemTown
Teacher’s Workshop 2014, Weston Playhouse
$2,000 to support a daylong workshop to help teachers incorporate the production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya into their curricula. Weston Playhouse
Valley Super Quest 2013: Civil War Sesquicentennial, Vital Communities, White River Junction
Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity, Vermont Folklife Center, Statewide
$2,000 to support teacher resources and workshops on the film, which presents vignettes of the daily lives of four refugee families in Vermont. Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity, Vermont Folklife Center
Wonder and Wisdom 15th Anniversary Celebration, Wonder and Wisdom, Inc. Greensboro
$2,000 to support storytelling programs for children and seniors and weaving stories out into the community. Wonder and Wisdom, Inc.
Yiddish Culture and Theater Impact on America, Vermont Public Television, Statewide
$2,000 to support screenings of a new documentary on Yiddish culture’s impact on America and Jewish experience with panel discussions at schools, colleges, and libraries. Tales From A Yiddish Theatre, Vermont Public Television
Humanities Grants Awards 2012
VHC Awarded $35,000 to Sixteen Organizations
Bookstock 2012, Pentangle Arts Council, Woodstock
$2,000 to support the fourth annual literary festival in Woodstock. Bookstock
Brattleboro Literary Festival, Building a Better Brattleboro
$2,000 to support the eleventh annual festival. Brattleboro Literary Festival
Burlington Book Festival, Stern Center for Language and Learning
$1,400 to support the eighth annual festival. Burlington Book Festival
Center for Circumpolar Studies: Musica Borealis: Folklore and Folk Music of the North
$500 to support a five-part series of lecture, film, and other events to highlight diverse Western and non-Western music of the north. Center for Circumpolar Studies
“Issues” Play Writing Contest, Chandler Music Hall and Art Gallery, Randolph
$500 to support a play writing contest exploring timely ethical issues through theater. Chandler Music Hall and Art Gallery
Morrill Act Sesquicentennial Celebration, Friends of the Morrill Homestead, Strafford
$1,000 to support a celebration of the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act, featuring guest lecturers and other events. The Morrill Homestead
Focus on Film: 16th Annual Green Mountain Film Festival
$4,750 to support a ten-day festival of about 113 events, including film screenings and ancillary events such as interviews, question-and-answer sessions, and panel discussions. Green Mountain Film Festival
Kellogg-Hubbard Library: PoemCity 2013
$4,700 to support a city-wide celebration of Vermont poetry in Montpelier in honor of National Poetry month. Activities include exhibits, lectures, workshops, installations, and readings throughout the month of April. Poem City, Kellogg-Hubbard Library
New England Museum Association Conference Scholarships, New England Museum Association
$2,600 to offer scholarships for Vermont museum professionals to attend the annual New England Museum Association Conference. New England Museum Association
The Storybook Opera Project, Opera Theatre of Weston
$2,000 to support an educational outreach project to help students create narratives of their experiences of Tropical Storm Irene in Storybook Opera form. Opera Theatre of Weston
Upper Valley Arts: Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie
$4,000 to support a multi-part history and cultural documentary film examining Vermont’s independent spirit over the centuries to the current day and looking forward. Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie
Vital Communities Civil War Cache, Vital Communities, White River Junction
$3,000 to develop a program building on the award-winning Valley Quest model incorporating Social Studies, technology, and regional partnerships in a public education program about the Civil War. Vital Communities
Wonder & Wisdom Oral Histories Project, Greensboro Wonder & Wisdom, Inc.
$1,000 for a community project allowing children to explore “historic heroes” through a variety of humanities disciplines. Greensboro Wonder & Wisdom, Inc.
2012 Vermont International Film Festival, Vermont International Film Foundation, Burlington
$1,000 to support the 2012 Vermont International Film Festival.
2012 Yellow Barn Musicological Lecture Series, Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, Putney
$1,000 to support a series of lectures and events offering opportunities for lifelong learning for musicians and listeners. Yellow Barn Music School and Festival
Humanities Grants Awards 2011
VHC Awarded $34,500 to Twenty-One Organizations
Academic Speakers Series, Landmark College
$1,000 to support a lecture series designed to bring humanities speakers to campus and foster connections with the broader community. Landmark College
Brattleboro Literary Festival, Building a Better Brattleboro
$2,000 for the tenth annual festival. Brattleboro Literary Festival
Burlington Book Festival
$2,000 to support the seventh annual festival. Burlington Book Festival
Community Cinema: Independent Lens Film Series, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
$500 to support a monthly PBS Independent Lens film screening for the general public followed by a lecture or panel discussion. Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Exploring Calvin Coolidge’s Plymouth Notch with the Questions of a Historian and the Eyes of an Artist, Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
$600 for workshops exploring the life and environment of Calvin Coolidge. Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
15th Green Mountain Film Festival, Focus on Film, Montpelier
$4,200 to support the 15th Annual Green Mountain Film Festival. Green Mountain Film Festival
The Haven Project, Johnson State College
$3,000 to support the development of a virtual museum and web-based curriculum for Vermont educators to use in teaching Vermont indigenous history and archeology/material culture studies. The Haven Project, Johnson State College
Life in Orange County, Johnson State College
Lifelong Learning Music Series, South Burlington Community Library
$450 for six workshops exploring the music of various composers, led by music instructor Lois Price. South Burlington Community Library
Little Jerusalem, Vermont Public Television
$2,000 to support a documentary film exploring the history and lives of non-English speaking Jewish Vermonters from the late 1800s to the 1940s. The project will also feature a website, lecture series, and partnerships with public schools. Little Jerusalem, Vermont Public Television
Media Mentoring Project, Vermont Independent Media
$500 to support a series of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students as well as the general public aimed at expanding media literacy skills. Vermont Independent Media
Monkton Yore, The Willowell Foundation
$500 to support an interdisciplinary, intergenerational educational collaboration between the Monkton School, the Monkton Historical Society, and the Willowell Foundation exploring the connections between history and art. Monkton Yore, The Willowell Foundation
The Monumental Artwork in Vermont Marble, Chaffee Art Center
$750 to support an exhibition and related lectures on the history of the Vermont marble industry. The Monumental Artwork in Vermont Marble, Chaffee Art Center
The Old Labor Hall, Barre Historical Society
$1,500 to help document, exhibit, and teach the history of this National Historic Landmark. The Old Labor Hall
Peacham in the Civil War, Peacham Historical Association
PoemCity 2012, Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Porter Thayer Digitization Project, Brooks Memorial Library
$2,000 to support the digitization of 1,300 photographs by Vermont photographer Porter Thayer to make them available to the public through a digital library. Porter Thayer Digitization Project, Brooks Memorial Library
The Revealed Series, Northern Stage Company
$500 to support a series of expert-led lecture and discussion sessions following productions of Madame Butterfly and Red. Northern Stage Company
Tropical Storm Irene Oral History Project, Vermont Folklife Center
Voices and Visions of Park-McCullough, Park-McCullough House Association
$2,000 to create an audio recording using archived collections of letters, diaries, and speeches associated with residents of the Park McCullough House to accompany visitors as they tour the historic home. Voices and Visions of Park-McCullough, Park-McCullough House Association
VSC Learning in Art & Culture Teacher Fellowships, Vermont Studio Center
$2,000 to support a program providing artist residencies for Vermont art and writing teachers. Vermont Studio Center
War of 1812 Project, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
$2,000 to support curriculum development related to the War of 1812. War of 1812 Project, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Humanities Grants Awards 2010
VHC Awarded $34,551 to Seventeen Organizations
American Invention and Innovation in Sound: Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Estey Organ Museum
$1,245 for a pilot program to teach the history, technology, and cultural impact of Estey Organs to students in southern Vermont schools. Estey Organ Museum
Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words, Pentangle Council on the Arts
$1,600 for the second annual literary festival in Woodstock, offering performances, lectures, workshops, poetry events, and readings throughout town. Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words
Brattleboro Literary Festival, Building a Better Brattleboro
$3,000 for the ninth annual three-day literary festival, which features author readings, panel discussions, and other special events. Brattleboro Literary Festival
Burlington Book Festival
$2,500 to support the sixth annual three-day literary festival, held in downtown venues and featuring prominent literary figures. Burlington Book Festival
Colonial Quest, Vital Communities
$2,500 for curriculum development and teacher workshops to help students learn the origin of their towns and share with their communities. Vital Communities
14th Green Mountain Film Festival, Focus on Film, Montpelier
$2,590 for the 2011 film festival including films by local filmmakers, feature and student films, documentaries, shorts, and animation. Green Mountain Film Festival
The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers Exhibit, Bent Northrop Memorial Library
$500 to help bring the exhibit and related lectures to Fairfield. The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers Exhibit
The Library Series, a component of The Big Read Summit, Northern Stage Company, White River Junction
$2,000 for lectures and discussions in Vermont libraries of The Things They Carried, the 2011 selection for the nationwide one book reading program The Big Read Summit. Northern Stage Company
Life in Essex County and Life in Caledonia County Video History Projects, Johnson State College
$1,000 to support a public history and video project at Johnson State College. Johnson State College
The Magic Flute Storybook Opera Project, Opera Theatre of Weston
$2,000 for study guide development and educational presentations in southern Vermont schools based on Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Opera Theatre of Weston
New Vermonters from the Balkans: An Online Resource, Vermont Folklife Center
$5,000 to support the center in making their research, photographs, and videos available via a new website. New Vermonters from the Balkans: An Online Resource, Vermont Folklife Center
Place, Duty and Unity: Learning about Service, Northeast Kingdom Arts Council, Hardwick
$116 to support publicity for an event that commemorates Lincoln’s first Inaugural Address and share Civil War history of the Northeast Kingdom. Northeast Kingdom Arts Council
Poetry Alive 2011, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier
$2,000 to support the celebration of National Poetry Month including author visits, poetry readings, a poetry slam, films, and poems on display in downtown Montpelier. Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Service and Sacrifice: Vermont’s Civil War Generation, Vermont Historical Society, Barre
$2,000 for the development of several Civil War anniversary exhibits including the Civil War photographs of George Houghton, Charles Andrus’ Grand Panorama of the Civil War, and the state collection battle flags, as part of the center’s Saving Vermont’s Treasures campaign. Service and Sacrifice: Vermont’s Civil War Generation, Vermont Historical Society
Teacher’s Workshop, Weston Playhouse
$3,000- for a full day workshop for middle and high school teachers of literature, social sciences and performing arts that focuses on their fall production Saint Ex, a musical inspired by the life of author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Weston Playhouse
Westward From Vermont, Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury
$2,500 to develop a learning kit and support school trips for Addison County students to visit the museum as part of their curriculum on the Westward movement. Westward From Vermont, Henry Sheldon Museum
Yellow Barn Musicological Lecture Series, Yellow Barn Music School and Festival
$1,000 for the third annual lecture series in Putney, featuring presentations by composers and others. Yellow Barn Music School and Festival