Several local organizations are getting some help from the Vermont Arts Council.
The council has awarded $430,665 to 67 organizations in 13 of Vermont’s 14 counties to assist with cultural facilities, operations and projects. A number of the grants will help arts organizations recover from Tropical Storm Irene a year ago.
“I’m particularly pleased that we were able to provide operating support to so many organizations,” said Alex Aldrich, executive director of the arts council. “This is the most difficult money for an organization to raise, and we hope that recognizing these fine organizations with such a grant will encourage others to do the same.”
The local recipients
• Eleva Chamber Players Inc., Waterbury, $2,000 to support two concerts and music coaching for students at Montpelier public schools.
• Helen Day Art Center Inc. in Stowe, two grants: $18,750 to replace and improve flooring to provide safe access to gallery and classroom spaces, and $3,300 to support art exhibits, classes and workshops.
• Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, $3,300 to support exhibits of the finest Vermont artists.
• Barre Opera House, $3,300 to support performing arts programs and expand educational opportunities in the arts for young people.
• Green Mountain Cultural Center, Waitsfield, $3,300 to support visual and performing arts in the Mad River Valley and nearby communities through festivals, performances and exhibits.
• Monteverdi Music School, Montpelier, $2,000 to support a series of recitals, master classes and workshops.
• Montpelier Alive, $2,000 to support the commissioning of a new dance work by the Montpelier Movement Collective to be performed at Winter Fest 2013.
• Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Society, $1,625 to support the two concert programs and the “My Family” community engagement project.