I was invited to the recent dinner at the Brattleboro Museum in which attendees could vote on a list of projects for immediate funding. This was a wonderful way to find out more about the projects and for those looking for a small grant to access funds. The money paid for the dinner went directly to the artists and enough was raised to split it several ways. The dinner and presentation was well done and made for a great evening.
The Arts council has helped me with funding for a workshop. The workshop will assist me in building a bettter business model, forming a better marketing plan and working within the Arts community,
It is also an active participant in the local Arts community - helping with the monthly Gallery Walk, student art month support and other events.
Several years ago I approached the Arts Council of Windham County for advice and fiscal sponsorship in starting an art program for economically disadvantaged children in our community.
The board offered me enthusiastic support and also agreed to be my fiscal sponsor. This gave me confidence in my idea and the backing of a professional organization.
In the three years since I started my program, ART iN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, the Arts Council of Windham County has been there with advice and encouragement. My organization would not exist without them.
The Arts Council of Windham County serves as an umbrella organization for a variety of arts entities in the Windham County, Vermont area — including Gallery Walk, the first (and best!) downtown First-Friday gallery event in Vermont; Art in the Neighborhood, bringing art to underserved parts of the community; the Art of Breastfeeding; and many other projects.
As the owner of a for-profit gallery focusing on the arts, it has been a privilege to partner with the Arts Council of Windham County in helping present the annual Student Art Month, a program that for more than 20 years has featured the works of area students. The ACWC also sponsors Gallery Walk in Brattleboro, which features between 35 and 55 new displays of art with openings on the first Friday of each month throughout the year.
I have been helped in a number of ways by the Windham County Arts Council. I have been working in the arts in the Brattleboro area since about 1976, and at various times throughout the years the Council has helped me with publicity, with rehearsal space, with advice, with fundraising--our community, and our cultural life, are made stronger by the ACWC's presence among us.
The Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) is Brattleboro's arts hub. The Council helps put artists, musicians, photographers, performers in touch with people and resources they need to make artistic connections in Windham County. The mission of the Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) is to “To strengthen the environment for artists and arts organizations in Windham County”. They are working on an interactive calendar promoting upcoming activities, links to Artists, working with the Brattleboro Museum and Art Gallery and the Chamber of Commerce.
Back in 2001, the Arts Council of Windham County procured a grant to fund a year of my services as promotional coordinator of Brattleboro's monthly first-Friday Gallery Walk, a community project for which they had assumed responsibility when its founder moved away. I expanded venue dues and advertising revenue for the project to become generally self-sufficient, but the Council's ongoing commitment and advocacy has been a vital support, too.
As coordinator of the Creative Community Council I received enormous help and financial assistance from the Arts Council of Windham County. As an umbrella organization for many small nonprofits - they provide the support and framework for many of us to do our work. The Creative Communities Council was the driving force behind the Michael Singer Riverfront project that looked at creative ways to showcase our river scape to the town and many visitors. They were also instrumental in the Creative Economy Symposium as well as the Future of the Arts in Southeast Vermont Symposium. They have clearly made this region an arts destination benefiting our local economy and tremendous sense of place.
My production company, The Hugh Keelan Ensemble, was formed with the invaluable assistance of the Arts Council of Windham County. The protections and oversight they provide have been helpful, and continue to allow the company to perform and diversify.
The membership of the council is positive and proactive.
My participation in the Town (of Brattleboro) Arts Committee has demonstrated from another perspective what beneficial partners to the arts they are. Key elements from our committee work have been realized and fulfilled with the Council.
ACWC has given us a springboard into the arts community...without reservation and with their full support