Vermont Arts Achievement Day

Vermont Arts Achievement Day logoTomorrow I’ll be heading over to the Vermont State House to celebrate Arts Achievement Day. I’ve never attended the event before, but it always seemed like a nice event. In a way, I’ll be celebrating my own arts achievement by currently working as a full-time artist.

From the Vermont Arts Council website:

The day-long event is your chance to meet with legislators and other arts advocates as we celebrate our accomplishments and lobby for continued state funding for the arts.

I’m meeting some folks from Vermont Hand Crafters to attend the Arts & Economic Stimulus Funding: Advocacy Training Session. I’m interested in hearing what Vermont artists and arts organizations can expect (and hope for) from the NEA stimulus funding.

More from the Arts Council website:

The Vermont Arts Council has submitted its application to the National Endowment for the Arts for $250,000 in federal stimulus funding to support a competitive, one-time Art Jobs Grant Program. The Council will offer grants to non-profit arts organizations to support staff salaries, as well as artist or consultant fees for pre-existing positions. These can be full or part-time positions that are critical to each organization’s artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate. Grants will also be available to support fees for previously engaged artists and/or contractual personnel in order to maintain or expand the period during which artists would be engaged. These are one-year grants and do not require a match. Organizations with annual operating budgets under $150,000 can apply for up to $5,000 and those with operating budgets of $150,000 or more can apply for up to $10,000. The Arts Council anticipates being able to support 25-30 arts organizations through the Art Jobs program. The Arts Council expects to have approval of our NEA application by April 1, 2009.

Come on down to the State House and let everyone know that you support the arts in Vermont. See you there!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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