Vermont Performance Lab to Receive $50,000 Art Works Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

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Guilford, Vermont – For the third year in a row, Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) has been selected to receive a prestigious Art Works grant for $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These grants are awarded to organizations all over the country that are using the power of the arts to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society.

“As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary in 2016, all of us at VPL are so pleased and deeply honored to represent our local Vermont community in this important national forum of art makers,” says VPL Director Sara Coffey.

In order to accept the NEA award VPL needs to raise an additional $50,000 to equal the funds from the NEA grant. During this end of year giving season, VPL will be adding a special push to their fundraising efforts to ensure that they meet the challenge from the NEA. To support this effort, an anonymous donor has offered to match all contributions to VPL’s end of the year appeal up to $25,000 and all donations made before January 31, 2016 will be matched dollar for dollar.

“VPL links art making to community engagement and this grant will allow us to deepen our ties to the local region through programming that situates national artists in the heart of our communities to draw out important social issues in ways that genuinely connect our residents and artists in a meaningful exchange,” says Coffey. “We are grateful to everyone who helps in so many ways to make our work possible and hope we will find strong community support for this fundraising opportunity.”

VPL is currently working on an ambitious campaign to make all events completely free and open to the public during the 10th Anniversary Season in 2016. All funds that are raised in the effort to match the NEA’s $50,000 will support this goal of making innovative arts programming accessible to the whole community during this important milestone year for the organization.

Donations can be made at or by mailing VPL at 561 Fitch Road, Guilford, VT 05301.

Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) is a laboratory for creative research and community engagement. Since 2006, VPL has brought artists of regional, national and international stature to the grange halls, studios and classrooms of rural Vermont through its innovative artist residency program. Last year VPL’s community and education programs served more than 1,700 students, young professionals, families and seniors in Windham County through workshops, informal performances and art-making experiences. VPL often partners with local organizations to host such residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities.
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