National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Vermont June 2–3

News Release — Vermont Arts Council
May 26, 2016

Contacts:
Judith Kargbo (NEA), [email protected], 202-682-5528
Kira Bacon (Vermont Arts Council), [email protected], 802-828-5422

Washington, DC—Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will visit Guilford, Putney, and Bennington, Vermont, June 2–3, 2016. The trip will include visits to NEA grantees Vermont Performance Lab and Sandglass Theater, as well as a reception with the southern Vermont arts community in Bennington. Follow @NEAJaneChu on Twitter for updates and photos on her trip to Vermont.

Chairman Chu’s visit will begin on Thursday, June 2 at the Vermont Performance Lab, a performance incubator in Guilford. As part of this visit, Chairman Chu will tour Guilford Sound and the artist residency buildings, and join staff, artists-in-residence, and community partners for a discussion about their work and connection with their community. In 2016, the NEA supported Vermont Performance Lab’s artist residencies.

Next, Chairman Chu will visit the Sandglass Theater in Putney, which specializes in combining puppets with music, actors, and visual imagery. In addition to touring the workshop and theater, Chairman Chu will meet with staff and performers to learn about their upcoming production. In 2015, Sandglass Theater received an NEA grant to support a presenting series of performing arts, puppetry, and community events. Chairman Chu will be available for brief interviews at the conclusion of both site visits.

On June 3, Chairman Chu will meet more of the southern Vermont arts community at a reception hosted by the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Arts Exchange. Chairman Chu will give brief remarks at this reception and will be available for interviews prior to this event. This event is closed to the public but open to media.

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th anniversary, the NEA created a story bank of multimedia content that showcases the impact of the arts. To date, hundreds of people from across the country, including Vermont, have submitted stories about how the arts and the National Endowment for the Arts have impacted their lives. Visit the NEA’s website to learn more about these stories and to see a video about the arts in Vermont.

The following events are closed to the public, except where noted, but open to media. Media should contact Judith Kargbo at [email protected] if they would like to attend any of the site visits or request an interview with Chairman Chu.

Thursday, June 3, 2016
2:00–3:00 Site visit to Vermont Performance Lab
Location: 561 Fitch Rd, Guilford, VT 05301
Participants: Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Alex Aldrich, executive director, Vermont Arts Council
Sara Coffey, director, Vermont Performance Lab
Jen Carr, director of development, Vermont Performance Lab
Dave Snyder, owner, Guilford Sound
Ann Carlson, choreographer and 2016 Vermont Performance Lab Artist
HB Lozito, executive director, Green Mountain Crossroads
Robert McBride, director, Rockingham Arts & Museum Project

3:30–4:30pm Site visit to Sandglass Theater
Location: 17 Kimball Hill Rd, Putney, VT 05346
Participants: Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Alex Aldrich, executive director, Vermont Arts Council
other participants

Friday, June 3, 2016
9:45–10:00am Media availability with Chairman Chu. Media who wish to request a short one-on-one interview should contact Judith Kargbo at [email protected].

10:00–11:00am Reception hosted by Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Arts Exchange
Location: Masonic Lodge, 504 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Participants: Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Alex Aldrich, executive director, Vermont Arts Council
Eric Bass, performer, co-founding artistic director, Sandglass Theater
Inez Zeller Bass, performer, co-founding artistic director, Sandglass Theater

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