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Vermont Arts Council awards $235K to cultural facilities

The Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of 12 grants to be awarded to organizations providing art and cultural programming in Vermont. Projects ranging from the installation of HVAC and sound systems to rigging, lighting and room darkening equipment will be funded by these grants.
"What sets this grant program apart from other grants the Council awards," said Alexander L. Aldrich, executive director, "is that the money goes to the most critical and yet most often invisible aspects of cultural activities. Audiences expect facilities to be accessible (entries and restrooms in particular); they expect lighting, sound, and projection systems to work; and they expect their venues to stay on top of the latest technological developments-all without creating a negative impact on the overall aesthetic expectations they have. The organizations receiving funding in this category have demonstrated a critical need and have the know-how and cultural background to make the most of this opportunity to ensure that, going forward, Vermont audiences will enjoy their programs for years to come."
These grants are intended to help Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public.
Three local organizations received awards:
Paramount Theatre of Rutland: $30,000 to support the installation of a projection, reception, and sound enhancement system.
Pentangle Arts Council of Woodstock: $16,000 to support the replacement of rigging, lighting, and curtain elements in the historic Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.
Town of West Rutland: $30,000 to support the renovation of the basement bathrooms in the Town Hall Auditorium.
Since 1964, the Vermont Arts Council has been the state's primary provider of funding, advocacy and information for the arts in Vermont. The Cultural Facilities Grant program is administered by the Vermont Arts Council in conjunction with the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
For more info visit www.vermontartscouncil.org.