The SEED Program
Supporting Local Choreographers and Dance-makers
VPL’s SEED Program was launched in 2015 as a way to help strengthen the local dance ecology by investing in artists in VPL’s home region of Vermont and Western Massachusetts. SEED was designed for professional artists working in dance, who were seeking to develop new small-scale performance projects for regional touring. Artists selected for SEED received a commissioning fee, a week-long residency at VPL which included housing, a travel stipend and culminated in a work-in-progress presentation of their new work. As part of the SEED program artists had access to project management consultations with VPL’s Director, Sara Coffey. In the first two years of the SEED program VPL participated in an exchange with Studio 303 in Montreal that provided the American artists with an additional week of residency at Studio 303 and provided Quebec choreographers with development residencies in Vermont. In 2018 VPL encouraged applications from artists for projects that addressed the theme of water to be included in The Confluence Project.
2017 SEED Artists: Hanna Satterlee of Burlington, VT and Ellen Furey of Montreal, Quebec
The SEED Program was made possible with support from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Quebec Government Office, Studio 303,and VPL’s Creation Fund Donors.