Grantees: Arts

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Arts Bus

EVER AFTER KIDS in NEVER NEVER LANDS

After a decade of service, The Arts Bus mission of “empowering joy & authentic self-expression through the arts” finds Vermont’s favorite green bus at the crossroads of limited public art education resources and ever-increasing costs of raising children. The EVER AFTER KIDS Program is based on acceptance of two systemic facts:  1) there will FOREVER be children in AFTER care programs; and 2) quality art education will ALWAYS be limited in school budgets.  Through this program, The Arts Bus bridges the opportunity gap by offering programs free of charge to children who otherwise have no other quality art education outside of public schools, working in creative partnerships with libraries, towns, schools, art centers & after-care providers.

Kingdom County Productions

Listen Up Project

Kingdom County Productions in collaboration with Centerpoint will produce the Listen up Project: an original musical based on the lives of Vermont teens. The Listen Up Project  is an ambitious original musical based on 8 months of interviews, workshops, and listening sessions with more than 800 teens across Vermont. From the vast and diverse stories gathered over this time, a script was written with teens, youth were engaged in the song-writing process and the musical was created. In August the show will tour across the state with 9 live outdoor performances. In the fall live streaming of the musical will be available to schools and the public.

New England Youth Theatre

Expanding NEYT’s Leadership-In-Training Program

NEYT is a non-profit theatre serving students ages 6-19, year-round. In 2019 NEYT piloted its Leader-In-Training (LIT) program, giving participants training as well as opportunities for teaching and leadership. Under the guidance of the Education Director, LITs work alongside directors and teachers, embedded in the programs that serve our younger students. In addition to gaining skills in teaching, leadership, communication, and organization, LITs build deep relationships with each other, younger students, and staff, while strengthening our entire NEYT community. LITs are selected through an application and interview process. Each LIT receives a stipend and a certificate of leadership training upon completion of the program.

River Gallery School of Art

Children's Year-Round Art Program

River Gallery School is a 45 year old community art program located in Brattleboro, Vermont that holds the core belief that each person has artistic and creative capacities which, when nurtured, will lead to unique and valuable expression. We are expanding our Children's Art Program which serves 3 to 18 year olds and offers an individualized approach to painting, drawing, and sculpture, in an environment where we nurture each child’s free imagination, while supplying technical support where needed.

Rural ARTS Collaborative dba WonderArts

Expanding Enrichment In School & After School 

Through in-school and after school enrichment classes, WonderArts provides direct programming to over 500 children in a tiny corner of Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom. We support the physical, social, and emotional development of local youth by offering outlets for self-expression, exposure to new activities, and opportunities for development of creative skill sets. In an area where resources are limited, WonderArts collaborates with schools, community organizations, and local teaching artists to create meaningful experiences and guide our children and young people in achieving their true potential. RAC will continue building vibrant, safe, and resilient communities around our valued youth and their families.

Very Merry Theatre

Very Merry Theatre Teen Youth Advisory Council

Very Merry Theatre is establishing a teen youth council to engage in the following diversity and equity activities: a.) Gather feedback from youth in our community about new programming interests with an eye on multi-cultural offerings and organize and sponsor at least three new workshops or events in response to that feedback; b.) Facilitate conversations with youth in the community and community partners to explore ways that VMT can further our commitment to creating a safe space that is anti-racist, inclusive of youth with disabilities and honors gender identity and expression.