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Funding available for artists, groups

Funding is now available for Vermont artists and arts organizations through the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.

The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund awards grants up to $5,000 to support the creation and presentation of new work by Vermont artists and arts organizations. Grants are typically made in the fields of dance; theater; music composition and performance; creative writing, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays; sculpture; painting; photography; and film, although work in other media may also be eligible.

Applications will be accepted through April 12. Visit www.vermontcf.org/availablegrants to learn more.



The National Endowment for the Arts announces first round of grant funding

Seven Vermont organizations received grants totaling $122,000, including Kingdom County Productions, New England Center for Circus Arts, Marble House Project, President & Fellows of Middlebury College, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Yellow Barn, and Governors Institutes of Vermont.

"I'm proud that Vermont received seven grants in this round of competition for scarce federal funds," said Karen Mittelman, executive director of the Vermont Arts Council. "It's a recognition of the diversity and richness of Vermont's arts landscape that the grants reach from small towns to galleries to college campuses, and support a wonderful variety of disciplines from literature to circus arts."

NECCA received a grant of $12,000 to support artists residencies for circus arts performers. Marble House Project, Inc., in Dorset, received $20,000 to support multidisciplinary artist residencies and related activities.Yellow Barn, in Putney, received $10,000 to support the Yellow Barn Program and Artist Residencies, a professional artistic development project.



Worn Again hosts women's clothing rummage sale

The Worn Again Thrift Shop at St. Edmunds Catholic Church on Main Street in Saxtons River is having a 25-cent rummage sale on women's things on Feb. 14, 16 and 17. The shop has a huge selection of women's clothing and we need to make room. Jewelry is not included in the bag sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The shop also has an excellent selection of clothing for men and children, shoes, boots and sneakers, caps, socks, and other wearing apparel for all ages. In addition there are sheets and pillow cases, blankets, bed spreads, pillows, and fabrics, many books, coffee mugs, and knickknacks.

The shop is accepting donations of clothing in good condition. The shop is always in need of donations of clothing plus household and gift items. Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours.

The Worn Again Thrift Shop is run by volunteers from the West River Mission of Putney with churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.



Free food resources available for children and families

The Hunger Council of the Windham Region is committed to making sure that all children have the tools they need to succeed, including good nutrition to fuel their bodies and minds, especially during school breaks. There are many local food resources that families can access throughout the year, especially during school breaks. Many of these resources are working to offer healthy and locally grown food. Most are free, though some may have specific eligibility criteria.

To find food resources in your local area, call 2-1- 1, the free information and referral service in Vermont or visit www.Vermont211.org.

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