Burlington City Arts

BCA Community Fund Grantees


Kylie Dally  $3000

To support an arts -based project at Wharf Lane that will bring art and color to the common spaces and hallways of Wharf Lane,  connect residents with the natural environment around Wharf Lane through art,   connect residents with the South End Arts community, and strengthen relationships between residents in crisis and community resource partners.

Becca McHale   $3000

To support a monthly creative workshop for teens in the Old North End where teens can develop art skills,  that reflects the diversity of the neighborhood,  and that acts as a safe space where teens of all backgrounds can grow together.

Clark Derbes   $3000

To support a mural project on the wall of the “bikram” yoga studio on Pine Street,  in collaboration with a dozen youth and their mentors from the King Street Center and several volunteers from the community.

Corrinne Yonce   $3000

To support Voices of Home, which combines the audio narratives and painted portraitures of affordable housing residents in a work that  demonstrates the importance of safe, healthy, affordable homes and adding resident voices of Decker Towers to the project.

Vermont International Film Foundation   $3000

To support the Vermont International Film Festival, a 10-day film festival showing independent films of relevance from around the world and engaging the audience in conversations about the films with visiting filmmakers and other speakers

Jacob Ari Mushlin  $3000

To support the creation and use of instruments made from salvaged materials through  subsidized workshops, exhibition and performances that bring professional musicians and community participants together.

Suzanne Schmidt   $3000

To support  the production of  two  live multimedia performances that  bring together the performers from Say It Forward Productions and members of local non-profit organizations to raise awareness, financial support, and deeper connections through the use of first-person storytelling as the artistic medium for social change.

Public Works Press   $3000

To support a steamroller printmaking workshop in the Burlington community, with the goal of exposing a wider audience to printmaking and to give more experienced printmakers a chance to work on a larger scale.

Big Heavy World   $3000

To support live weekly radio, video and studio audience broadcasts and publication of local musical artist interviews and performance; local programming and promotion of free and public international Make Music Day musical performances; and a  musician summit event. 

Wingspan Studio   $3000

To support scholarships for 10 kids to attend  Spread Your Wings, a youth empowerment program that provides access to interdisciplinary arts-based vacation learning camps to children facing obstacles.  The goal is to narrow the "opportunity gap" that grows during out of school times for kids from families facing any number of challenges.

Burlington Writers Workshop   $3000

To support the Burlington Writers Workshop (BWW) efforts to promote a dynamic, supportive literary community by offering  classes and events to the public free of charge, and to foster emerging writers of all backgrounds and abilities through expert-led  sessions and open mic events.

Iskra Print Collective   $2000

To support the design, development  and screen printing of an  artist series/print club zine released on a quarterly basis (editions of 150) made by studio volunteers and community artists.  



Alison Cannon $3000

To support the “imagining home” project, which includes interviewing people in the Burlington community who are currently homeless or who have been homeless for an extended period of time within the last three years.  The interviews will center on their vision of the ideal home.  Local architects will then produce renderings of the homes using the information gathered from the interviews.  The resulting sketches will mounted, framed, and exhibited in the community.  

Burlington Chamber Orchestra $1000

To support the Burlington Chamber Orchestra’s 2016-2017 season, including four classical music concerts featuring Dr. Michael Hopkins and Soovin Kim as conductors, a collaboration between the BCO and the University of Vermont Jazz Department with Trumpeter and UVM Professor Ray Vega, and the annual Celebration of Youth Concert showcasing the winner of the BCO’s Young Artist Competition.​

The Burlington Chamber Orchestra kicks off its tenth season with their BCO Founder and former Artistic Director Michael Hopkins on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  The concert will be held at the University of Vermont Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets can be purchased through or by calling 802-86-Flynn. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the performance More information at.

Season Schedule:

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Michael Hopkins, Guest Conductor
Sinfonia no. 4 in A, Wq 182 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Charterhouse Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Overture Burlesque by Georg Philipp Telemann
String Symphony No. 10 in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Soovin Kim, Guest Conductor/Violinist

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Latin Night
Ray Vega, Guest Artist

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Yutaka Kono, Conductor
Overture, Scherzo and Finale by Robert Schumann          
Concerto with BCO Concerto Competition Winner
Symphony No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Intersections  $3000

To support Intersections, an original theater piece based on a variety of perspectives: letters from inmates housed in Vermont correctional facilities and out of state private prisons, first-person accounts by incarcerated women brave enough to share their stories, stories from victims’ and inmates’ family members, and our personal intersections with “corrections” and “justice.  

Intersections – A Show About Prison and Reform
October 25 and 26, November 1 and 2. 7:00 PM Doors. 7:30 PM show time.
ArtsRiot - 400 Pine Street, Burlington VT 802-540-9406
Tickets - $17 advance/$22 day of show -
More info - Email -


Intersections performance, Flynn Space

Corrine Yonce $3000

To support Voices of Home, a multi-media project that combines the audio narratives and painted portraits of affordable housing residents in work that will demonstrate the importance of safe, healthy, affordable homes. See the Voices of Home website HERE.

Joy Elan Cohen $3000

To support the writing of a play about Burlington’s Lost Shul Mural and accompanying engagement activities, including a series of staged readings and/or related displays of performing and/or visual arts; facilitation of a public forum for community members to share their own stories and discuss the role of the arts in culture, of identity, of survival; and creation of lesson plans that address these social justice issues to be used in formal and informal educational settings.


In Progress: Of the Better Kind.pdf

Maggie Standley $3000

To support  10 scholarships that provide access to vacation learning programming to disadvantaged youth at both Wingspan Studio in Burlington's South End and at The Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden in The Old North End. 

Megan J. Humphrey, Sweet Basil Design $3000

To support “Birds, Bees, and Butterflies,” an artist led project at the Integrated Arts Academy that supports literacy, science, and math curriculum and helps students learn about the natural world, the importance of recycling, and develops a public recycled art project that will reside outside the school.


Meghan O'Rourke  $2000

To support  time lapse videos of key public areas in Burlington, including North Avenue, Church Street and a public park, that visualize the ‘emotional temperature’ of a place using wide format photography, stop motion animation, interviews with street users and the collection of ambient sound. ​  

Day In The Dirt Acoustic With Logos from Meghan O'Rourke on Vimeo.


Meredith LeCompte $2700

To support an artist-focused design and build project of little library kiosks for six different gardens in the north section of Burlington. The libraries will shelter donated books to trade and share with a focus on gardening, nutrition and cooking. The goal is to provide creative and an accessible location for the people in the community to gain free access to books with garden building skills and resources as well as cook books and nutritional guides.  

New City Galerie $3000

To support New City Galerie and its on-site residency studios offered free of charge to local emerging artists. 

Public Works Press  $3000

To support Public Works Press, a network of contemporary artists of varied disciplines to participate in a steamroller printmaking  event in Burlington’s South End, aimed at exposing a wider audience to printmaking and giving  more experienced printmakers a chance to work on a larger scale.  See this article in Seven Days reporting on the event.


Sloan Collins and Mary Lacy $1000

To support The ONE Mural Project, which will engage local children in a positive creative learning experience and bring a new look to their neighborhood through the creation of four murals along North Street.

Park and North Street In Process!
Way to go Sarah Holbrook Summer Campers!



Vermont International Film Foundation $1000

To support the 2016 Vermont International Film Festival, now in its 31st year, the only event celebrating the art of film in our community.

Vermont Performing Arts League/North End Studios  $1500  

To support a talent show to take place in February 2017 for performers of all ages who live or work in and around the Old North End at North End Studios, including providing free rehearsal time and coaching from experienced artists for four performers/groups, and participation by other arts projects in the Old North End through associated exhibits. 

Vermont Stage $1000

To support the production of BLACKBERRY WINTER, a poignant and honest depiction of the journey one goes on when a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

WBTV-LP, VCAM  $1000

To support WBTV-LP a low-power community radio station being built this summer in the south end of Burlington, a partnership between RETN, CH17/Town Meeting, and VCAM with a mission to connect Burlington with community radio that is created locally, dedicated to the exchange of ideas and culture, and reflective of the diversity of our city.