ArtsFest is a two-daycelebration of creativity on June 5th and 6th, 2019. ArtsFest is designed to exhibit the vast and diverse artistic talent in Central Vermont and a chance for seasoned and emerging artists to showcase their talents.
The festival is organized by Montpelier Alive and is timed to overlap with the Downtown Conference and CCX. ArtsFest is designed to exhibit the vast and diverse artistic talent in Central Vermont and a chance for seasoned and emerging artists to showcase their talents. In addition to the hundreds of conference goers, ArtsFest will draw visitors from central Vermont and beyond.
Schedule of Events
10am-2pm: Way to Go! Awards & Green Mobility Party | State House Lawn
Experience how Vermont’s top performing schools, innovative businesses in solar and electric (EV) transportation, and non-profits are advancing low cost pop-up projects for safe streets, moving to electric bikes and buses, and choosing more active transportation.
12:30-1:00pm: Art at the Kent Museum Popup and Lecture |The Garage Cultural Center | 58 State Street
The newly-refurbished Garage Cultural Center features a “taste” of what Art at the Kent, a State-owned historic site, offers: contemporary art exhibitions within the walls of an 1837 tavern in rural Calais. David Schutz and Nel Emlen present. Lunch is available for a modest fee beginning at 12pm.
5-9pm: Creativity Thrives Downtown Reception, supported by National Life Group | Langdon Street
Musical performances by Bella and the Notables, Chaque Fois, Dana and Sue Robinson, and Two Cents in the Till. Food and drink by Langdon Street Tavern. Free snacks for all with additional food available for purchase. Cash bar. Conference attendees will receive one drink ticket. Check out the PinBox 3000 Cardboard Pinball Artcade with Ben t. Matchstick, enjoy hands-on art projects, and fun for all.
- 5-6pm: Dana and Sue Robinson are an Americana-roots and folk duo who combine original songwriting with fiddle tunes, banjo grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.
- 6-7pm: Bella and the Notables plays classic jazz standards with panache and style.
- 7-8pm: Two Cents in the Till – bluegrass quartet
- 8-9pm: Chaque Fois! performs Cajun music, from Southwest Louisiana.
4-9pm: Montpelier Alive's Art Walk, presented by Magic Hat
Art Walk showcases works of Central Vermont artists. Start at any venue and stop by as many participating venues as you like. Click here for more information. Many venues will offer refreshments and have the artist in attendance.
4-6pm: Big Heavy World Exhibition Reception | Vermont History Museum (109 State)
Explore how music contributes to Vermont’s character and uniqueness, through the collections of Big Heavy World, curated by James Lockridge. Music and refreshments throughout the evening, and a curator’s talk led by James Lockridge at 5:00 pm in the exhibition.
5-6pm: Performance by Modern Times Theater | City Hall Plaza (39 Main).
Modern Times Theater delights crowds with a fresh take on the entertainment styles of the past, including novelty music, handmade puppetry, and classic comedy. Husband and wife performers Justin Lander and Rose Friedman present entertainment for the whole family.
5-6pm: BLUEPRINTS | Montpelier High School (2 High School Drive)
Sophomores at Montpelier High School present a special event integrating original visual art, music, poetry and interviews with community members inspired by the question: How can exploring the past and imagining the future guide our present journey from apathy to empathy?
5-7pm: Meet and Greet with Author & Illustrator David Macaulay | Kellogg-Hubbard Library (135 Main Street)
David Macaulay is an-award winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States Alone. View illustrations and hear from the Caldecott Medal award-winner best known for “The Way Things Work.”
5-7pm: Cooking Cockroach: A Guide to Modern Poverty | The Garage Cultural Center (58 State)
Meet Author Joey Truman and watch him transform items from The Montpelier Food Pantry into a tasty meal. Wine and snacks provided. Donations for the Food Pantry graciously appreciated.
6:00pm: Walking tour of Vermont College of Fine Arts | Alumni Hall (45 College Street)
VCFA is a global community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. Tour the campus and learn the history of the only college devoted exclusively to graduate fine arts education. Meet in front of Alumni Hall.
6:30-7pm: Cantastoria Extravaganza by Bread and Puppet | City Hall Plaza (39 Main)
Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. “Cantastoria” refers to the technique of picture-story recitation, with spoken or sung narration accompanied by painted banners.
6:45pm: Walking tour of the Center for Arts and Learning | Center for Arts and Learning (46 Barre)
The Center for Arts and Learning offers space where artists, musicians, writers, and small nonprofits can practice, create, and serve the community. Learn more about the formation and future of this unique creative hub with Executive Director Alice Dodge. Meet in front of the building.
7:15pm: DIORAMA: Room to Play at The Center for Arts and Learning (46 Barre, Room 100)
Three women, three mothers, three humans form a unique ensemble in an unlikely space. Enter the DIORAMA and join us for an exciting evening of dance and music. A first-time collaboration with horn soloist Lydia Lowery Busler, flutist Lisa Carlson, and dancer Alana Rancourt Phinney.
7:30-9pm: Lost Nation Theater presents Complete History of Comedy (Abridged!) | City Hall Performing Arts Center (39 Main)
If you loved Complete Works of Shakespeare-abridged, you’ll love this show by the Reduced Shakespeare Company! Explore what makes people laugh from ancient times ‘til now! Skits, standup, slapstick, one-liners, cream pies, double entendres, in-jokes, jibes, and more! Ticketed event.
ArtsFest is supported by:
What is CCX? Creative Communities Exchange (CCX), a biennial event of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is a two-day training and professional development convening that supports creative entrepreneurs, city planners, small businesses, and the arts sector to apply successful creative economy strategies in their communities. CCX professional development workshops are for New England leaders who are engaged in creative economy and creative placemaking projects that leverage their local creative sector for the revitalization and growth of their broader community. The CCX is a two-day conference that brings 250-300 economic development, city planners, community development, downtown revitalization, arts administrators, and arts leaders from all over New England and beyond to the event. Previous keynote speakers include Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (2015) and Jonathan Katz, President of the Nationals Assembly of State Art Agencies. CCX is taking place on Thursday and Friday June 6-7, 2019 in downtown Montpelier, VT, and Montpelier Alive is serving as the local host.
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CCX Supporting Sponsors
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What is the Vermont Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference? The goal of the Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference (Downtown Conference) is to provide training and workshops to educate and raise statewide awareness of policies and programs and tools that help historic preservationists, developers, state and local policy makers, planners, community development professionals, architects and builders to keep Vermont downtowns vibrant places to live, work and play. The conference will be held in Montpelier on June 5, 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the State of Vermont’s Downtown Program.
Questions? Contact Dan Groberg, Executive Director of Montpelier Alive, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-223-9604.