DJ Andy "A-Dog" Williams died of leukemia in December 2013. Since then, Burlington's music, art and skateboarding communities have continued to demonstrate just how beloved he was, how expansive his influence. The city's new skate park was named in his memory. The Friends for A-Dog Foundation, a devoted group of volunteers, has organized annual tribute parties, produced tribute albums and, perhaps most importantly, kept up bone-marrow registration efforts.
Perhaps no one feels A-Dog's loss more keenly than his longtime partner, artist Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe, 29. This Saturday, August 27 — A-Dog Day — at the skate park, she'll unveil her unique tribute to Williams: a mural whose brilliant colors and imagery celebrate life and love.
The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, N.Y., announced today that it has received an institutional gift valued at $11 million in funds and artworks. The donation by Schenectady architect and collector Werner Feibes, 86, will be used to open the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, named for Feibes and his late husband and business partner, James Schmitt.
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."
Courtesy of Frog Hollow and the WaterWheel Foundation
Hand-printed flag by James Bellizia.
Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center has announced a newly established Artisan Grant Program in support of the state's makers, both emerging and established. The program will offer four different types of grants, ranging from $200 to $2,000.
Moore earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of
Courtesy of Rachel Moore
"Tipou," from the series "An Olive and an Oak," ink on vellum by Rachel Moore
Chicago in 2008, then received a 2009 Fulbright Fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she worked to foster dialogue among artists in Thessaloniki, Chicago and Athens. She moved to Vermont with her family in 2010 and joined the nonprofit HDAC as assistant director the following year. Currently, in addition to her role at HDAC, Moore serves on the board of River Arts in Morrisville.
HDAC has made public its intention to hire a director of advancement to support Moore's work and "to focus on growing the organization’s capacity and sustainability into the future."
Then consider ringing in the 2016 summer solstice this weekend with some likeminded creative types and fire starters in West Bolton. That's the location of this year's Zenith Burn, an annual weekend-long community arts, music and fire fest, which channels the spirit of Burning Man.
Chris Cleary, 40, is Zenith Burn's master firebug and chief totem builder. About five years ago, Cleary and his fire-spinning wife, Kim, began holding community burns in their Jericho Center back yard — that is, until they realized the event was getting a tad too large for everyone's comfort.
Burlington's South End Arts and Business Association announced their selection of a winning proposal for a South End street-level mural: Vermont artists Marie Davis and Tara Goreau will transform the Pine/Howard Street crosswalk into a honeycomb buzzing with bees. The hive will be surrounded by red clover, Vermont's state flower, and the official South End Arts District logo will be scattered throughout individual cells of the honeycomb.
"It is easy to imagine our collective energy as an animated hive of bees," Davis and Goreau wrote in their proposal. "Busy at work in our studios, offices and company floors, we work individually and as a whole, cross-pollinating ideas and skills, creating our collective honey to share with our communities here at home and around the world."
Stowe's Helen Day Art Center announced last Friday that executive director Nathan Suter will step down at the end of July, ending his tenure of nearly 10 years. Suter came to the arts center as director in 2006, after receiving his MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and teaching art to middle and high school students in Palo Alto, Calif., for several years.
Suter plans to devote much of his time to developing his fledgling consulting firm, Build, with business partner Autumn Barnett. The two met through their respective work with the Burlington-based Peace & Justice Center; Suter is a member of the nonprofit's board of directors.
Build aims to help businesses and nonprofits develop organizational health and effectiveness through awareness of fostering positive internal culture.
NEA grantee AXIS Dance Company (through the Flynn)
In its spring grant cycle, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded eight grants totaling $893,000 to six Vermont organizations. The majority of that amount, $718,000, went to the Vermont Arts Council, which in turn provides a variety of grants to individuals and smaller organizations statewide.