Grantees: Arts

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Chandler Center for the Arts

Summer Youth Musical and Elementary Camp 

For 30 years Chandler Center for the Arts has served the children and teens of Central Vermont with an exceptional theater arts program.  Each summer for 6 weeks between 70 to 150 kids participate in a powerful collective experience which helps them create strong social connections while also allowing them to achieve their full potential.  Each year during these weeks of rehearsal, and during four public performances clustered around the 4th of July, teens and kids learn to count on each other, while testing their abilities and developing positive supportive interactions with the adults assisting with the show: the director, music director, choreographer, tech director, costumer, dozens of community volunteers and our younger campers.  

Creative Lives, Inc.


Creative Lives, a non-profit devoted to helping children thrive, will expand our current partnership with Hartford Rec. Departments "Ventures Summer Camp" (an eight-week day camp). Our new programs include a two-week musical theatre intensive for 4th-12th graders and week-long introductory camp for elementary students. BroadwayVentures will culminate in a full-length, well-known musical production.. Off-Broadway Magic will include a performance for parents and peers. Campers will be fully immersed in every aspect of the stage experience and will participate in a unique character education program based in the Creative Lives holistic approach to learning. Camps foster positive self-esteem, relationship skills, and wise decision-making.

New England Youth Theatre

Town Schools Theatre Program

NEYT’s inclusive and accessible afterschool educational programs are delivered in partnership with local schools and social service agencies. These programs serve elementary and middle school aged young people by teaching creative, social, and teambuilding competencies to groups of participants, free of charge. NEYT continues to evaluate, improve, and expand our approach to inclusive and accessible programs as we work with new partners to reach young people in towns across Windham County, Vermont. During the 2020-2021 VCTF grant period, NEYT is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, as well as 6 Windham County elementary schools across to provide both digital and in-person programs.

The Arts Bus

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 & ever-increasing costs of raising children. As a mobile art education service, the Arts Bus has driven thousands of miles 1,000 times to provide a creative resource right where our communities need it.  The EVER AFTER KIDS Program is based on acceptance of two systemic facts:  1)there will FOREVER be children in AFTER programs; and 2) quality art education will ALWAYS be limited in school budgets. Thus, at libraries, camps, schools & after-school programs, we capture the ‘after’ time to achieve quality art-education & our mission!

Very Merry Theatre

Very Merry Theatre

Very Merry Theatre is expanding programming and attracting new participants in the areas of costume design and set design. Historically, Very Merry Theatre programs have focused on the performance side of theatre where children meet weekly to learn story-telling and performance skills culminating in a theatrical production. We aim to expand our offerings to include programming in other creative arts associated with theatrical productions. Specifically we want to offer classes in costume design and set design which would enable interested participants to showcase their creative ideas and learn new skills in the technical arts related to a theatrical production. We also hope this may attract new participants.