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Vermont Arts Council completes pandemic-related grants for state's creative economy

Three wooden arches with house-shaped structures stand above a path. There are colorful painted and stained glass pictures in the middle of each out.
Lia Chien
Vermont Public
"Elements of Shelter" stands tall in the Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden in Montpelier.

The Vermont Arts Council has handed out the last round of funding — totaling nearly $2 million — to various organizations in the state's creative economy as part of Vermont's share of the American Rescue Plan Act.

The grants have aimed to help businesses and non-profits that suffered revenue losses during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Catherine Crawley is with the Arts Council and says the last round of money from the overall fund of nearly $9 million went out to 85 creative sector organizations in Vermont.

"Everything from large non-profit performing arts centers like the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, Yellow Barn in Putney, to smaller non profits like the Stowe Jazz festival, Wonderfeet Kid's Museum in Rutland, and even smaller for profit organizations," Crawley says.

Crawley says her organization also worked with the Vermont Professionals of Color Network to get funding to its members, and the network provided feedback regarding the process.

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Corrected: September 20, 2023 at 11:53 AM EDT
A previous version of this story misidentified the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, and has been corrected. We apologize for the error.
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