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NO. R-263.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Arts Council on its 40th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Clarkson of Woodstock, Livingston of Manchester, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:  Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Starr of Essex‑Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Whereas, pursuant to Act 170 of 1965, the General Assembly designated the Vermont Council on the Arts, now known as the Vermont Arts Council (VAC), as the official recipient of federal and state funds to disburse in support of arts education, arts performances, and creative works of art throughout Vermont, making it the only independent not-for-profit arts agency in the nation to serve this official role, and

Whereas, for 40 years, the VAC has fulfilled its promise to the citizens of Vermont by nurturing several hundred arts organizations, several thousand artists, and several hundred thousand students in communities across the state, and

Whereas, VAC grants totaling more than $15 million have been allocated to arts institutions, artists, and arts education programs and have leveraged an additional $15 million more from private and local sources, and

Whereas, Vermont now has the seventh highest number of artists, per capita, of any state, including the highest number of writers, and the fourth highest number of visual artists, and

Whereas, the VAC has established numerous creative partnerships over the past 40 years with the agencies of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Commerce and Community Development, Human Services, Natural Resources, and Transportation, and the Department of Community Affairs, and

Whereas, other creative partnerships have been established with the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education, the Vermont Council for Rural Development, the Vermont Historical Society, and the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance, and

Whereas, the Vermont Humanities Council, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, and the Vermont Folklife Center were established with VAC guidance and support, and

Whereas, promoting cultural heritage tourism and the creative economy are important projects in the VAC’s continuing efforts to sustain the state’s quality of life, and

Whereas, since October 2004, the Vermont Arts Council has been celebrating its 40th anniversary with performances, exhibitions, and community celebrations, and

Whereas, the VAC’s professional staff’s passion for its work is matched only by its volunteer trustees’ dedication, leadership, and guidance which can never be fully appreciated, and

Whereas, the VAC is about to enter its fifth decade supporting artists and strengthening the role of the arts in the lives of Vermonters and their communities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Arts Council on its 40th anniversary and recognizes the council’s outstanding work on behalf of the state of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the board of trustees of the Vermont Arts Council.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont