Through the Art & Soul project, Starksboro has begun a process of identifying and protecting the people, places, and traditions that citizens treasure and that connect them to one another and to their town. The arts and storytelling will be used as a catalyst for collaborative, creative and deep explorations of the community’s values, hopes and fears to support residents in planning for their future.
The Art and Soul Committee is currently working hard to analyze and process all of the valuable experiences and information gathered from the last year! Next steps forward and events will announced here in the coming months.
The season's art harvest is in!
Blugrass gospel, hymns, clarinets, banjos, and the voices of some of Starksboro's musicians spilled out of the First Baptist Church Sunday, November 1st as part of the Musical Reflections concert. The concert (photos shown below) launched a week of Handmade and Homegrown in Starksboro events. The read more about the final harvest go to the Ion Arts blog by clicking HERE.
Youth art on display at the Town Library
Starksboro's Neighborhood Photographers, Town Portrait artists and Sign Designers showcased their work as part of the Handmade and Homegrown in Starksboro Final Celebration. To read more about these art projects click HERE. The art will be on display at the town library for the next couple of months.
Additional support is provided by Middlebury College, the University of Vermont's Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council.
New Signs Hanging Around Town
The three mobile home parks have a new look thanks to Matthew Perry, local residents, and three neighborhood youth.
Ten-year-old artist, Hannah Gratton, painted the new sign that now hangs at Hillside Manor.
Six-year-old Caleb Kirby showed up at an Art Bus visit with a freshly caught fish from his favorite fishing hole in the Lazy Brook. This provided the inspiration for his neighborhood's new sign.
John Martin, member of the Brookside Resident's Association, partnered with Art & Soul to host a sign design contest for the new Brookside sign. Contest winner Ryan included cardinals, his mom's favorite birds, in his design. Ryan stands next to the new sign installed October 25th at Brookside.