Burlington City Arts

2018 Community Fund Grantees

Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce 16 recipients of the 2018 Community Fund Grants.  The fund aims to foster a vibrant creative community by supporting projects in the City of Burlington that address community needs, challenges and priorities through the arts, that and benefit a broad public. This year, the program introduced a new grant category designed to encourage projects that share the cultural art forms of Burlington’s diverse citizens with the public.  

This is the third year that The BCA Community Fund will distribute $35,000 to eligible artists and arts organizations based in the City of Burlington.

Click here to learn more about the application process. Other questions? Contact Sara Katz, Assistant Director, at


Will Gebhard • $1,400
Installation at the Corner of North Union & North Street 
This project will engage the neighborhood in a public art project prior to and during The Ramble that will result in an installation of colorful, hand-cut pieces of painted plywood on the corner of North Union and North streets.

Bonnie Hooper • $800
Art and the Garden
This project will benefit the Family Room and the community gardeners of the Winooski Valley Park District (WVPD) in Burlington, VT. Through a series of outdoor art projects and activities, participants will develop a greater sense of place and connections with each other.

Sarah Bartlett • $3,000
This project will create a lit-mag-type print publication of writings from Vermont's incarcerated women, telling their first-person accounts of addiction and mental illness within the prison setting. A Burlington book launch will provide community exposure to and understanding of these issues through interactive presentation, allowing each woman's voice to be heard respectfully without judgment and inviting audience participation in both written and verbal exchange.

Mary Lacy • $2800
Burlington City & Lake Semester

This project will support artist Mary Lacy to work with Burlington High School’s semester program, a program for students to learn outside the classroom setting for one semester of their high school career. As an artist-in-residence, Lacy will teach students about socially engaged art. Students will create their own public art as a class. The content of the art project will be student driven. 

Wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley • $1,500
Spread Your Wings!
This project will support scholarships for youth 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 children facing any number of challenges.

Julia Vallera • $2,000
BTV Data Privacy Project

BTV Data Privacy Project is a public art intervention that explores how data is collected and used to impact our daily lives and the communities we belong to. This project will result in an interactive installation and culminating event that challenges our understanding of data-based systems through reflective art, performance and engaging technology.

Ashley Roark • $3,000
The Things We Keep With Us

This project seeks to engage community members by creating a collage using materials saved throughout their lives while also audio documenting the memories that these pieces spark. The goal is to engage 25 community members to create an original piece of artwork and collect their stories. 



Migmar Tsering • $2,500
Rolyang Lobling

Rolyang Lobling is a school of performing Arts. This project will teach kids how to sing Tibetan songs and dance, create a website, and design a logo for Rolyang Lobling to help create awareness of the school on the website, and on pens, songbooks and T-shirts. Performances will occur during events such as Tibetan New Year (Losar), the birthday celebration of H. H. The 14th Dalai Lama and the Annual Tibet Festival. 

Bishnu Khadka • $3,000
Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group of VT

The Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group of VT (est. June 2016) teaches folk and modern Nepali dance to 30+ youth from the Burlington area’s Bhutanese Nepali refugee community (2,000+ people); it provides a safe, welcoming space for youth to gather, speak and learn Nepali, and explore and share their cultural heritage with a diverse audience. They rehearse twice a week for two hours and perform between 15-20 times per year at public schools, arts centers, and multicultural events.

Brian Perkins • $3,000
Old North End Neighborhood Band

The teen musicians of the ONE Neighborhood Band play music of the Old North End’s immigrant past and present while learning from the teachers of Burlington’s diverse community. The ONE Neighborhood Band will present a series of nine free and public teaching workshops, two concerts and a soirée. The project will also publish in print and electronically the ONE Neighborhood Band repertoire book Music of the Old North End, containing transcriptions and cultural context for important music of the historical and contemporary immigrant communities of Burlington.



Vermont International Film Festival • $2,000
VTIFF features over 70 films, visiting filmmakers, Vermont Filmmakers' Showcase, talks, and community discussions over 10 days. The festival focuses on bringing independent film artists' work from a wide range of countries and introducing audiences directly to filmmakers through Q&A sessions.

New City Galerie Residency Program • $1,500
New City Galerie's six-month residency program gives qualifying artists an opportunity to further develop their work in one of three beautiful, sun-filled studios overlooking historic Church Street and the surrounding cityscape. This work-share residency is intended for emerging artists who have demonstrated excellence in their work and are seeking to enrich (and be enriched by) the arts community in Burlington.

The Ramble • $2,500
Now in its 15th year, “The Ramble” is an annual, all-day arts festival celebrating the creative culture of The Old North End, transforming it into a “pop-up” confluence of activities on the last Saturday in July. In anticipation, streets are closed, stages built, installations placed, instruments tuned, art is hung, and culinary Ramble specials are prepped for a full day of live music, hands-on art and exhibitions, craft sales, theater, talent shows, dance classes, and a host of other creative endeavors.

Complications Company, in partnership with Saints and Poets  • $1,500
International Women's Voices Day: Vermont Edition 

In celebration of the second anniversary of the Women's March, Complications Company will produce the second Vermont Playwrights Edition of the International Women's Voices Day in January of 2019 at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington. This free community event showcases unproduced plays by Vermont women playwrights and features a potluck feast.

Off Center for the Dramatic Arts • $2,000

Playmakers is designed to offer Vermont playwrights a venue to share and shape their work while also providing theater artists of all stripes the opportunity to congregate and practice their craft, strengthening and expanding the connections and skills of the creative community in the process.

Big Heavy World • $2,000
All-Ages Music Community Resources + Community Music Calendar 

This project will provide programming and resources to local teens that inspire civic participation, community building, empowerment and skills-building related to music: Teen Musician After School Drop-In; All-Ages Concert Series; Inclusive Radio Leadership Program; and Music Office Volunteering. The project also provides support for an “interoperable” live music community calendar platform.