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VFC Exhibits: Greening Vermont: A Culture of Environmental Advocacy

Greening Vermont: A Culture of Environmental Advocacy exhibit October 10, 2014-January 10, 2015

We are pleased to present Greening Vermont: A Culture of Environmental Advocacy, an exhibit that takes the visitor for a review of trends in the Vermont environmental movement since 1965—and asks us to explore the future.

Inspired by Courtney’s book Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State the exhibit features audio excerpts from interviews with environmental leaders and photographic portraits of prominent figures in the movement that are complemented by contributions from Middlebury College Environmental Studies Seniors working with local community partners from around the state on issues as varied as water quality, land use, energy, biodiversity, and climate change.

The exhibit will be on display from October 10, 2014 through January 10, 2015.

This diverse collection of exhibit content has been brought together by a host of collaborators including Jon Isham, Becky Gould, Cat Ashcraft and Molly Costanza-Robinson, Middlebury College Coordinator for Community-Based Environmental Studies, Diane Munroe as well as Mason Singer of Laughing Bear Associates, Vic Guadagno of Bright Blue EcoMedia and Greg Sharrow and Ned Castle of the Vermont Folklife Center.

In conjunction with the exhibit on November 13, 2014 from 5:00pm-7:00pm we will host a panel discussion moderated by Courtney that explores how the trend of Vermont's move toward increased localized food production has spread to other fronts, such as the economy, energy production and direct grassroots political action.

Join us October 10, 2014 from 5:00pm -7:00pm at VFC in Middlebury for an opening reception featuring remarks by Elizabeth Courtney

The Vision and Voice Gallery and Workspace is supported through the generosity of our Exhibit Program Stewards: Northfield Savings Bank, Cabot of Vermont, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Blittersdorf Foundation.


VFC News: In Memoriam, Harold Luce (1918-2014)

Harold Luce, Photo by John Gilbert Fox

Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox

We are saddened to report the passing of master Yankee fiddler and dance caller, Harold Luce of Chelsea, VT on August 13, 2014.

Harold served as a Master in the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program from its beginnings in 1991 through the early 2000s. In 2003 he received the Vermont Governor's Heritage Award.

A biography of Harold by his friend, Adam Boyce, as well as selections from a 2007 recording session are avalable here :: link


VFC Exhibits :: Hitting the Mat

Hitting the Mat

By day, the men and women of Slam All-Star Wrestling are carpenters, roofers and office workers, but by night they are a brotherhood of giants, heroes and villains. A misfit bunch clad in spandex, feather boas and studded leather, the members of this small professional wrestling community entertain screaming crowds once a month on a humble stage at the Moose Lodge in St. Albans, VT.

Hitting the Mat, an exhibit by photojournalist Emily McManamy, weaves together vivid photographs and audio interviews with ambient soundscapes and a looping film clips, offering a diverse invitation to join the crowd, enter the ring, or even sneak behind-the-scenes of this high-energy, physical and performance-based brand of wrestling. Bold personas and spectacular public moments are counterbalanced by quieter, more intimate ones—thanks in no small part to McManamy’s abilities as a storyteller and the relationships she built over time to become a trusted, albeit temporary, insider.

Hitting the Mat will be on display through October 4th, 2014. Join us for a special Exhibit Reception event on August 8 from 5:00pm-8:00pm.


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