Oswald Family Foundation Honors VPL’s Artist-Community Engagement

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Vermont Performance Lab receives $10,000 challenge grant to support Creation Fund

GUILFORD, VT (December 12, 2011) -- Vermont Performance Lab received news that the Oswald Family Foundation awarded a $10,000 challenge grant to support the VPL Creation Fund. The grant encourages individuals, groups and organizations to match the sum and join Vermont Performance Lab in fostering art in rural Vermont communities.

Over the last five years VPL has brought artists of regional, national and international stature to the grange halls, studios, train stations, covered bridges and classrooms of rural Vermont, making high-quality arts experiences accessible to the community. Through workshops, informal performances and art-making experiences, Vermont Performance Lab serves more than 500 students, families and seniors in Windham County annually.

Last year 21 lab artists spent a total of 182 days in Vermont, engaging with an audience of over 1,500 people. In the coming year VPL has plans to strengthen and build programs that serve youth and local artists. In 2011-2012 four artists/ensembles will be supported by VPL’s Creation Fund as they research and develop new works.

Those who donate to the challenge can become part of the Creation Fund Circle with benefits including access to special events, opportunities to mingle with the artists and VPL gear. More information about the Creation Fund Circle and how to make a donation can be found at: www.vermontperformancelab.com

Established in 1986, the Oswald Family Foundation supports the family's wide range of charitable interests.  These include education, the arts, community development, health care, the environment, leadership development, microfinance, and others. The Foundation’s mission is to partner with nonprofit organizations, locally, nationally and abroad, that are working to foster healthy individuals, families and communities. The Foundation generally does not accept unsolicited proposals. More information at: www.oswaldfoundation.org

The Lab Program is at the heart of Vermont Performance Lab’s (VPL) mission to support the creation and development of new work by contemporary performing artists. Each year VPL selects three to four artists to participate in the Lab Program – a creative residency where artists have access to various kinds of creative space in a small rural Vermont community. In this retreat-like setting, artists can concentrate on research and experimentation and test performance ideas with small audiences. VPL often partners with local organizations to host such residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities. More information at: www.vermontperformancelab.com