Wed, Aug 21, 2013 02:29 PM
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
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
For more info visit www.vermontartscouncil.org.