Yesterday was Arts Achievement Day at the Vermont State House, sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council. They put together the day-long event for arts organizations and artists to celebrate the arts in Vermont and to talk with legislators about continued state funding for the arts. It was fascinating to see the many talented UVM students who were performing and presenting pieces that address current events in Vermont. Vermont Poetry Out Loud Champion Audrey Kiely gave a riveting performance, and John Gailmor led the crowd in singing a new song “The Arts Deserve a Place Right at the Table.”
I was there to congratulate former VPR President Mark Vogelzang on his Citation Award from the Vermont Arts Council. This award is presented annually to artists, organizations, educators and others in recognition of distinguished service to the arts in Vermont. Below is a video of Mark's acceptance speech. VPR Classical host Walter Parker received the award in 2004.
Congratulations, Mark, on this special recognition!