hanna satterlee and delaney mcdonough voice and vessel photo by Kelly Fletcher 5661The 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.

 2018 SEED Artist: Pauline Jennings of Jericho, VT and VPL’s Seedling Awards  to choreographers Lida Winfield of Middlebury and Megan Buchanan of Guilford

2017 SEED Artists:  Hanna Satterlee of Burlington, VT and Ellen Furey of Montreal, Quebec

2016 SEED Artists: Aretha Aoki of  Northampton, MA;  Michael Bodel, of Putney, VT, Audree Juteau of Montreal, Quebec and the WIVES 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.