Weekly Conversation On The Arts

Jenna Brower

Burlington-based musician Abbie Morin spent 16 weeks last fall covering 12,000 miles of road, taking her self-described "foxy folk" music all over the country.

Courtesy of Chris Flockton

Actor Christopher Flockton was born in Scotland, worked in New York City and then five years ago, moved to Hartford, Vermont with his family.

Tina Mauss

John Killacky, executive director of The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, is the latest recipient of the Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine Award For Advocacy. The award is one of the Governor's Arts Awards, given to a Vermonter who is "committed to furthering the arts in fields such as accessibility, administration, education, mentoring, philanthropy, production and wellness."

Credit Wendy Seiple

Let's do the Time Warp again! The stage version of the Richard O'Brien-penned cult classic The Rocky Horror Show turns 40 this year and Woodstock's Pentangle Arts will stage performances of the iconic audience-participation favorite beginning Friday, Oct. 23 with a special showing at midnight on Halloween at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater.

Courtesy Julia Lynam

Julia Lynam has had a wide variety of jobs in her lifetime: She’s worked at a PR firm, as a stay-at-home mom and a national park ranger. Now, she adds storyteller to that list.

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The Center For Arts And Learning in Montpelier houses a group of non-profit arts and education organizations. They use their shared roof to collaborate on creative projects and are working to bring more of the community into their shared space.


Summer may be coming to an end, but you can hold onto a little bit of sunshine with the dreamy sounds of Vows, a Burlington and New Jersey-based duo.

Nico Malvaldi

New York choreographer Marilyn Klaus stages ballets, but for her latest project she’s also part mixologist.

Springfield Steampunk Festival

When the fantasy worlds created in literature by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne collide with Victorian era gears, gadgets and goggles, you get Steampunk. Next weekend, Springfield is the center of the Steampunk universe.

Sara Vitale / Angel Boy Art

In adaptive sports, traditional equipment like skis and bicycles are altered to fit someone who needs it so that they too can access and enjoy the sport. Instead of equipment, Angel Boy Art in Brattleboro alters paintbrushes and other mediums to create art therapy for kids in need.

Loren Kiyoshi Dempster

In the foothills of Vermont, artists are given the space, support and resources to really push limits and think beyond typical performance venues.

Guy l'Heureux

Many are familiar with the CSA model: You purchase shares and receive fresh produce grown in local soil, and you get to meet the farmer who plants it. A group in Montreal has taken that agriculture model of the CSA and replaced the agriculture with art.

Weston Playhouse

After taking a trip to the West of Ireland to visit her mother's hometown of Ennis in County Clare, Vermont resident and Broadway veteran Cass Morgan wrote a musical memoir that redefines the concept of home.

Joey Jones / Photospoke

When Vermont dancer Chatch Pregger set out to mash up two of his passions, the art form of ballet and his reverence for Vermont agriculture, the combination is an outdoor performance telling the story of a farm from spring to fall.

Pregger joined VPR to talk about the performance series called Farm to Ballet.

Eastwood Guitars

Vermont musician Bow Thayer is a busy guy. He has a new album coming out that he recorded and produced in his self-built solar-powered studios, he’s invented a new instrument and he’s cofounder of the Tweed River Music Festival.

Kate Hartley

Vermont painter Gary Eckhart is an award-winning watercolorist and curator of the Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, which is up now at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield.

Credit Jean Luc Dushime

Vermont photographer Jean Luc Dushime grew up in Rwanda, but he and his family fled the country after the 1994 genocide. When their new home in the Congo also exploded into war two years later, they walked for six months across the Congolese jungle. Eventually they made their way to Vermont.

Recently, Dushime went home to Rwanda to face his past and to remember his childhood before the conflict. And he took along his camera.

Julia Jensen

Southern Vermont painter Julia Jensen’s oil and encaustic paintings are now on display at West Branch Gallery in Stowe.

Tari Swenson, a partner at West Branch, joined VPR to talk about Jensen’s paintings and how they try to help artists find a balance between having their art be seen and having their art sell.

Ralph Culver

Vermont poet Ralph Culver attended Goddard College in Plainfield in the 1970s and has called the state his home ever since.

Credit Emily Boedecker/Threads and Thresholds

The Kent Museum in Calais, built in the 1830s, has been home to a tavern, a stagecoach stop on the way from New York City to Montreal and a post office. But beginning Thursday, June 18th, it will take on another life as center stage for a performance art installation called Threads and Thresholds.