The video above was taken at the height of the pandemic on April 25th, 2020. A community parade was the right prescription needed to combat what we were all up against at that time. Since then, Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE), has continued the fight and has addressed the needs of the community during this time through projects and events designed to heal, engage and allow opportunities to be creative.
The past year has been interesting for VAE and like so many others, recent events have made us look at our past, present and future with a new vision.
Our art education partners are almost all back in action, which pleases so many students young and old. A big thank you to our three lead teaching artists; Rhonda Ratray, Caitilin McAdoo and Lee Williams. Like all teachers, these three have had to transition and learn new tricks to teach remotely. Teaching art isn’t easy over a computer or masked, shielded and keeping a distance. They loaded art supplies on carts and lugged tubs across town to residential dorms to make it happen and we are grateful.
So here we are in the summer of 2021 and things are looking up!
The big studio door is open, music is playing and people are creating. A record number showed up in our yard for the 24thannual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show with live music, food and over 40 sculptures around the VAE and village grounds. Exhibitions of Village School children fill storefront windows and public art created by students dot the landscape as well. VAE’s new musical creation “Moose Junior” is a traveling band designed for pre-K children on up to adults. With the VAE Art Bus as a backdrop, Moose Junior comes complete with hula hooping, bubbles and lots of audience participation. From “Mary had a Little Lamb” to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, this jazz based trio is bringing a lot of fun to a lot of people. Our summer schedule is out and we hope to see you at one of our free shows. A summer garden party is slated for August 21stat the Hiland Hall Garden with our friends of the band “The Mammals”. Tickets on sale now here on our website.
VAE is making more of an effort to meet our mission of more than 27 years; “Bringing the arts to people of all ages, abilities and income”. A lot of our free community engagement projects that you have seen happening are made possible by donations by you, the community. Your support allows us to think out of the box and try out new ideas to present, and exhibit and even stop traffic and have a parade because something like that is what we need right now.
So please continue to support and donate! We also want you to share your ideas of what we all need and how VAE can be the best we can for you.
Have a great summer!
Vermont Arts Exchange Executive Director
Fiddlehead by David Boyajian The North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS) is a premier cultural event in Southern Vermont, featuring outdoor sculpture throughout the historic village…
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VAE = Art + Community.
Located in the historic village of North Bennington, Vermont, VAE carries out its mission through art education programs and workshops both public and private as well as exhibitions and performances which present local, national and international artists.
We are committed to teaching creativity to young children on up to our elders. We combine these groups through our Intergenerational Arts programs, which allow for the arts to become a strong healing modality uniting creativity with compassion.
VAE utilizes the arts to engage with communities and create long lasting partnerships with health care sites, public & private schools and many not for-profit organizations and businesses. We have been awarded and recognized on a local, national and international level for this work.