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The written word

Free Writing Workshop with David Mills: Using an excerpt from Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, this workshop will look at how a historical document can lead participants to transform history into personal narratives and epistolary poems. Offered through Vermont Humanities. 7 p.m. Limited to 15 people with broadband internet connection. Instructions emailed to you after you have been confirmed for the workshop. Register: https:// Winter+19-20&utm_campaign=fd53cb9ecf EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_FW_2019_09_04_ 01_57_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2e5f0f01b6-fd53cb9ecf-61997591. Free. Zoom.

Ideas and education

"Figuration Never Died: New York Painterly Painting, 1950-1970 "(via Zoom and Facebook Live): Discussion with curator Karen Wilkin featuring work by 10 artists who absorbed the lessons of Abstract Expressionism but never abandoned figurative painting: Robert De Niro, Sr. (1922–2003), Lois Dodd (b. 1927), Jane Freilicher (1924–2014), Paul Georges (1923–2002), Grace Hartigan (1922–2008), Wolf Kahn (1927-2020), Alex Katz (b. 1927), Albert Kresch (b. 1922), Paul Resika (b. 1928), and Anne Tabachnick (1927–1995). 7 p.m. Wilkin is a NY-based curator and art critic and the Atelier Head of Art History at the NY Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture (teaching in the MFA program). Offered by The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Free. Zoom. Information:

Film and video

"Divine Love" (2019) (Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema): Commodified faith dominates this near-future vision of Brazil. With neon-drenched sci-fi aesthetics, sanctimonious eroticism, and incisive satire, Divino Amor intently takes on the influence of evangelical Christianity on the state - namely the far-right movement that elected populist Jair Bolsonaro. World premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and intense audience reactions, Divino Amor is a commentary on the conservative, fanatical, and nationalist agenda that is spreading throughout the world and the way those that don’t espouse it, engage with it. Directed by Gabriel Mascaro. Sure to surprise and provoke. Recommended for adult-viewing only. Trailer: Through Sunday, December 20. $9.99. Online. Information:


Medicare Open Enrollment: A Senior Solutions local Medicare counselor can: Help you compare your current Medicare health or drug plan with other Medicare plan choices; Help you sign up for a new plan; Help you avoid high-pressure sales tactics. . Through Monday, December 7. Phone Call. Information: 802-885-2669.

Community building

Department of Public Service announces: Draft COVID Response Telecommunications Recovery Plan: Public comment is requested on the draft (prepared by CTC Energy and Technology, in partnership with Rural Innovations Strategies. The Recovery Plan's purpose is to "reassess the State's critical connectivity needs in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency and to reevaluate broadband deployment objectives going forward." It offers an assessment of VT's telecommunications networks and recommendations for improving/expanding telecommunications services. Key recommendations include construction of targeted line extensions, small scale wireless projects, an increase in the use of subsidies for low-income residents to increase broadband adoption. Also mobilization of a "Broadband Corps" – a team dedicated to supporting Communications Union Districts and mobilizing the people power necessary to confirm mobile hotspot options, assist residents with nontechnical installations, and provide technical support for low income and technology-challenged Vermonters. 12/3: 1 p.m. (also 12/8: 6 p.m.). The plan is posted at Submit electronic comments by 12/10. The final plan will be released 12/20 online. Online.

Artist Development Grants - Call for Applications: Supporting artists at all stages of their careers, these grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist's craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist's business. New this year: Grants can also support teaching artists in developing the skills necessary to provide instruction in K-12 schools remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work when the activity allows the grantee to accept a rare important opportunity. Who may apply: Artists who have been residents of VT for at least one year prior to the application deadline and are residents at the time the award is granted; are 18 years of age or older at the time of application and have submitted all required reports on any prior Council grants; meet all the above requirements and are applying as a representative of an artist group. Grant amounts range from $250-$1,000. DL this round: 1/11/21. Applications evaluated in 3 areas: impact, planning, and budget. Priority given to first time grantees and proposals for rare or unique opportunities. The Artist Development program has supported 277 VT artists since 2009. For examples of previously funded projects, see list of recent grantees. Through Monday, January 11. Vermont Arts Council. Information: Full details and online application:


"Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics - Roots of Southern Appalachian Dance" (via Zoom): The southern Appalachian square dance is a hybrid dance form that developed in the American South during the 19th century and, like the Appalachian musical traditions, these dances reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the region. In this virtual lecture, Phil Jamison examines the multicultural roots and historical development of these dances and identifies the components of earlier European, African, Native American dance forms that combined to make them uniquely American. He'll also discuss African-American and native American musicians and callers who at one time were present in New England. Jamison has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and his book "Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance," tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event benefit the Putney Historical Society. $10 for Zoom presentation or $22 for the presentation plus a 2021 Putney Historical Society calendar. Zoom. Information: Info/register:

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

Strolling of the Heifers Announces Fundraising Auction (Online): Bid on awesome gifts, or treat yourself. Our generous donors have provided art, craft, food, tickets and so much more! Do you love the pottery of Laura Zindel? Need lift tickets, museum passes or a theater at The Latchis all to yourself for a night? This auction has heaps of great Vermont-made products from wellness to cheese. What the fundraiser supports: Since 2002, Strolling of the Heifers has been connecting people with healthy local food, encouraging and facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship in the farm/food sector, and supporting the development of stronger local food systems. 11/25: 10 a.m. - 12/6: 11 p.m. Our annual parade and festival brings thousands of people to Brattleboro to celebrate farms, farmers, delicious local food. Sadly, COVID-19 has put this event, our main fundraiser, on hold for now. We're still at work on our year-round mission and focusing on rebuilding/redirecting our programs to align with "the new normal." This fundraiser will help sustain us while we evaluate ways to continue. Through Sunday, December 6. Online. Information:



December 2020