Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce the kickoff of its 35th anniversary year in 2019 with the 35 in 35 Campaign—a community-wide fundraising initiative to create 35 new fellowships to support artists and writers of exceptional merit. Additionally, in 2019, VSC will break ground on a major renovation of its Pearl House residence building. Together, these initiatives will substantially advance VSC’s goals of increasing access and equity for all artists and writers who are invited to attend its studio residency program.
As part of the 35th anniversary milestone, VSC has been engaged in an intensive strategic planning process involving all members of the board and staff. The process has strengthened the shared vision that will guide and inspire VSC moving forward, and in early 2019, the Strategic Plan will be finalized and shared with the VSC community at large.
“While we are proud to offer over 200 fellowships every year, it isn’t enough,” said Gary Clark, President of Vermont Studio Center. “As the home of 55 artists and writers every month from across the country and around the world, VSC has an opportunity, and responsibility, to lead by always expanding the ways we support, welcome, and nurture artists and creativity."
With 2019’s 35 in 35 Campaign, VSC will raise dedicated funds to support 35 new fellowships to be offered across its 2019-2020 fellowship deadlines. As part of this ambitious effort, VSC is developing new fellowship opportunities focused on social justice, equity and inclusion, and hybrid practices at the intersection of art, literature, science, and the humanities.
VSC’s 35th anniversary year will also include a celebration of 35 years of Vermont Artists Week, a community gathering in June of friends and supporters, and a number of smaller events and opportunities for reconnection for alums, staff, and friends that will be announced over the coming month.
The Vermont Studio Center wishes to thank all of our alumni, staff, friends, trustees, supporters, and neighbors who have been a part of getting VSC to this remarkable milestone, and to lighting up the VSC studios, dining room, and Johnson, Vermont campus for 35 years. We are truly grateful!