Just after midnight on June 7th, there was an accidental fire in the upstairs of our Church Studios building. We are so thankful that no one was inside at the time and no bodily injuries were sustained. Six residents and six staff members lost artworks and other personal property in the blaze, and the building itself—a historic landmark built in the 19th century—has sustained significant fire damage.
Hundreds of you have reached out to us to ask how you can help. The best and fastest way to make a difference is to make a contribution through the VSC Community Fund. This fund supports all aspects of VSC's recovery from this disaster--from putting emergency funds into the pockets of the artists affected by the fire, to providing them with new supplies, to helping begin the process of reconstructing Church, and more. Your gift will help these artists get back on their feet and help the entire VSC community move forward.
All of us at the Vermont Studio Center wish to express our deep and sincere gratitude for the dedication, expertise, courage, and professionalism of the Johnson Fire Department in their handling of the emergency. Their quick response saved this beautiful building from total loss, and the care they exercised while trying to save the numerous artworks and personal effects inside the studios means so much to all of us.
Our gratitude also extends to the Stowe Fire Department, Cambridge Fire Department, Hyde Park Fire Department, and North Hyde Park Fire Department, all of whom pitched in to help bring the fire under control.
Most of all, thank you to our entire community—residents, staff, neighbors, and friends—for your kindness and support as we work to assist the artists who lost their studios and begin the process of restoring Church Studios. Your warmth and generosity have filled us all with gratitude and love.