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Local libraries receive grants from Vermont Arts Council

Libraries in Rockingham and Westminster West were among 16 cultural institutions in Vermont communities that shared in $224,556 of funding for needed improvements through the Vermont Arts Council’s Cultural Facilities Grant program.

According to a news release, the Fiscal Year 2020 grants “will support Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities in facilitating better access, enhanced infrastructure, or increased capacity within existing structures.”

The Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls is getting $2,753 to support the purchase and installation of a hanging rail system for art exhibits, while the Westminster West Public Library will get $3,102 to support electrical upgrades and the purchase of a projector system.

“The Cultural Facilities grant program is a critical investment in the long-term health and sustainability of arts and culture in Vermont,” said Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman. “Over the past five years, 70 percent of the funding from this program has supported cultural facilities in Vermont’s most rural communities, protecting libraries, theaters, museums, and town halls that serve our most economically disadvantaged residents.”

For more information on the program, visit vermontartscouncil.org.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #523 (Wednesday, August 14, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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