The Vermont Arts Council is announcing public art awards to revitalize communities

MONTPELIER — Strengthening the link between people and places, five award-winning projects from the 2022 Animated Infrastructure program. Vermont Arts Councils promise to bring vitality and vitality to their communities through public art.

The winners of the awards for 2022 are:

• Howard Center, Burlington: $ 9,200 to support a public art installation in Burlington’s South End with works of art by artists living with or affected by mental illness and / or addiction

• Orleans County Historical Society, Brownington: $ 11,000 to support public art installations along the Alexander Twilight Trail

• The Current, Stowe: $ 15,000 to support community murals and collaboration on Stowe Public Recreation Trail and Stowe High School

• City of Lyndon: $ 15,000 to support an art sculpture and light installation on the covered Sanborn Bridge

• City of Springfield: $ 15,000 to support the design, construction and installation of a monumental David M. Smith mid-19th century hairpin sculpture in Comto Cascade Park

The Animating Infrastructure Grant supports community art projects in which public art is integrated into existing or proposed infrastructure improvements. Candidates are encouraged to think out of the ordinary, imagining new buildings, roads, bridges and other public spaces that have the potential for artistic improvement that creates unique places where people want to live, work, visit and play. The intention is to improve the sense of pride and identity of the community, foster social ties, and improve the life and liveliness of Vermont’s centers, villages, and neighborhoods.

The program awards three to five grants of up to $ 15,000 each year. At least 80% of the grant must be used to support the artist’s involvement in the design, production or installation of the work of art. The remaining amount can be used to support other aspects of the project, such as project management and community engagement activities.

For this year’s competition, the Council received 20 letters of interest with project ideas for communities across Vermont. Following an initial review of the submissions by an external panel of reviewers, eight applicants were invited to develop complete proposals for consideration of funding.

“We are proud to support inspiring public art projects in five Vermont communities,” said Karen Mittelman, executive director of the Vermont Arts Council. “Investing in imaginative social spaces is especially important now, when we are all hungry for reunion. Together, these five projects show the strong influence of art and creativity in activating our public places. ”

Founded in 2014, the program has supported 24 projects in 23 cities and 12 counties in Vermont.

For more information on the Animating Infrastructure program, visit https://www.vermontartscouncil.org/grants/organizations/animating-infrastructure

About the Vermont Arts Council
The Vermont Arts Council envisions Vermont in which all people have access to art and creativity in their lives, education and communities. Engaging in art transforms individuals, connects us more deeply with each other, energizes the economy, and maintains a vibrant cultural landscape that makes Vermont a great place to live. Since 1965, the Council has been the state’s main provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. Learn more at www.vermontartscouncil.org

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CONTACT:
Catherine Crawley, Communications Director of the Vermont Arts Council, [email protected]

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