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BCA Funds First 16 Community Art Projects


"Voices of Home" painting by Corrine Yonce - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Courtesy of Burlington City Arts
  • "Voices of Home" painting by Corrine Yonce
Burlington City Arts has announced the winners of its first-ever round of Community Fund grant awards. Sixteen arts initiatives were awarded a grand total of $35,000, with individual grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Winners were chosen from 64 total applicants, a number that BCA assistant director Sara Katz suggested during a phone interview "is only going to go up" in coming years. 

Funded projects include theater, music, media and visual and interdisciplinary art, and most contain a strong element of direct community engagement. "There was definitely a desire to ensure that disciplines were represented from across the board," said Katz, "and to ensure that there were as many people as possible benefiting from each project." 

Print from Public Works Press - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Courtesy of Burlington City Arts
  • Print from Public Works Press
Both Allison Cannon ("Imagining Home") and Corrine Yonce ("Voices of Home") will work with local homeless people and affordable housing residents, respectively, to combine interviews with visual art centered on the meaning of home.

New City Galerie has received funding for its ongoing residency program. Meghan O'Rourke will take the "emotional temperature" of public spaces in Burlington through the creation of time-lapse videos, and Public Works Press will use its grant to host a South End steamroller (!) printmaking event.

Sloan Collins and Mary Lacy will engage local kids in creating the first of four ONE Mural Project murals. Other youth engagement initiatives include 10 youth scholarships to Wingspan Studio and the Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden, as well as Megan J. Humphrey's "Birds, Bees, and Butterflies.” This project at the Integrated Arts Academy is meant to teach students about conservation and recycling, and will culminate with a public artwork made of recycled materials.

"Intersections," which debuted in 2015, will continue to transform raw narratives of experiences with the prison system into theater. Other grants to music and performing arts include the Burlington Chamber OrchestraVermont Performing Arts League/North End Studios and Vermont Stage. Joy Elan Cohen is at work on a play for Theatre Kavanah about the Lost Shul mural at Burlington's Ohavi Zedek Synagogue. 

In media, Meredith LeCompte will work to create little libraries specializing in gardening and healthy eating books for six gardens. The Vermont International Film Foundation will put its award toward its 31st annual film festival. VCAM has received funds to put toward developing WBTV-LP, a new low-power community radio station. 
Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Courtesy of Burlington City Arts
  • Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden
Grantees were selected by a panel of seven community members, who scored proposals based on criteria of community benefit and accessibility, quality, creativity and feasibility. To be eligible, applicants had to demonstrate that they had lived in Burlington for at least one year, and that more than half of their proposal's programming would take place within the Queen City. Panelists included Lee Anderson, Tom Ayer, Jen Berger, Phet Keomanyvahn, JJ Long, Lydia Ode Slauson and Danielle Thierry. 

Katz said that applications for the second annual round of community grants will be due in February 2017. A new panel will be selected, and Burlington community members are invited to nominate panelists online. 

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