Burlington City Arts

JULY 19, 2016

Burlington City Arts Announces 2016 Community Fund Grant Recipients

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CONTACT Llu Mulvaney-Stanak
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Burlington City Arts Announces

2016 Community Fund Grant Recipients

16 local Artists and Small Organizations Funded

Burlington, VT: (July 12, 2016): Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the 16 recipients of the 2016 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, and benefit a broad citizenry. 

“In addition to providing funding for many deserving artists and arts organization, the fund will help BCA expose the wealth of creativity and talent that exists throughout the City,” says Executive Director, Doreen Kraft. “We are looking forward to amplifying the benefits the arts can have on the lives of all citizens as we follow these 16 projects over the course of the next year.”

The BCA Community Fund is a $35,000 arts grant program comprised of $20,000 from the City of Burlington and $15,000 contributed by the BCA Board of Directors in its 2016 pilot year. Of the 64 total applications received, 16 recipients will receive support from the fund.  Artists and small arts organizations based in the City of Burlington were eligible to apply.

BCA Community Fund Grant Recipients

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, offering four classical music concerts as it celebrates its 10th season as Burlington’s local professional chamber orchestra including collaborations with University of Vermont Jazz Department and the annual Celebration of Youth Concert showcasing the winner of the BCO’s Young Artist Competition.​

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.

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.

Joy Elan Cohen $3000
To support the writing of Theatre Kavanah 's theatrical piece about Burlington’s Lost Shul Mural.

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” at the Integrated Arts Academy, an artist project that helps students to study the natural world, learn about the importance of recycling, and develop a public recycled art project outdoors related to those themes.

Meghan O'Rourke  $2000
To support the creation of time­lapse video impressions of key public areas in Burlington: North Avenue, Church Street and a public park. These​ time­lapse videos visualize the ‘emotional temperature’ of a place. ​  

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. 

Sloan Collins and Mary Lacy $1000
To support The ONE Mural Project to paint the first of four outdoor wall murals in Burlington's Old North End (ONE) with a goal of engaging local children in a positive creative learning experience while bringing a new look to their neighborhood.

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. Four of the performers/groups that sign up will be offered the opportunity to work with experienced artists in their genres to ready themselves for the show. 

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. 

More info on all projects funded

Recipients were selected by a 7 member panel comprised of community members from throughout the City of Burlington and with expertise in various artistic disciplines:

Danielle Thierry, Burlington Writers Workshop

Jen Berger, Transdisciplinary Artist

Tom Ayer, Executive Director First Night

JJ Long, Photographer

Lee Anderson, Artist and Radio Bean Owner

Lydia Ode, Art and Art History

Phet Keomanyvahn, CEDO Community Development Specialist-Public Engagement

Burlington City Arts is celebrating 35 years of supporting the arts, and is dedicated to connecting community to the arts through creation, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, or about how to get involved, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG