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VFC Events :: Energy & Climate Change – Visions for a Path Forward

Portraits in Action

Deb Flanders’s 18th Annual Calais Concert will be held at the Old West Church in Calais, Vermont on Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:00 pm. Part of the proceeds benefit the Vermont Folklife Center!

This year’s concert will feature Last Night's Rain from Northumberland, England. The Oxnard sisters, Jane on fiddle and Ailsa on guitar, play traditional and contemporary folk music from the UK and the USA. Both of them were members of two folk ensembles, the Sage Gateshead's Folkestra and the Northumbrian Ranters, made up of talented young traditional musicians from schools across Northumberland. Their goal is to promote and raise the profile of traditional music both in the county and further afield.

In 2012 Jane and Aisla traveled to Burlington, VT with Northumbrian Ranters and two years later the Ranters hosted the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group in England. The young duo has had the opportunity to meet and perform with musicians from around the world, which along with the strong Scottish tradition of the Border counties, has heavily influenced their fiddle and guitar playing style.

Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Vermont Symphony Orchestra cellist John Dunlop, and violinist/fiddler Laura Markowitz will round out the line-up for an afternoon of memorable music making.

General admission at the door: $15. For more info call 802-233-1015 or visit


VFC Employment :: We are hiring!

The Vermont Folklife Center seeks hire a Major Giving Officer.

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VFC Education :: 2016 Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

Applications are now available for the 2016 Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program!

Lean more about the program and download registration forms here: link

VFC Exhibits :: Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation and Land Use Planning

Portraits in Action

Portraits in Action is a multimedia exhibit that brings together the voices of pioneers in renewable energy, environmental conservation, and land use planning, and invites them to speak to the issues at hand. The exhibit presents twenty-five Vermont pioneers, activists, and leaders--a cross section that is intended to be suggestive rather than comprehensive, recognizing that there are many more whose work has also made a difference.

For over a decade, the Vermont Folklife Center has been exploring the roots of the environmental movement and the beginnings of renewable energy in Vermont, documenting an evolving course of action that extends from the 1960s and 70s to the present. Since this arc of activity has occurred within living memory, it has been possible to seek out and speak with the very people whose work has been an engine of change.

The exhibit pairs portrait photography and interview audio as a way for visitors to thoughtfully connect with each person featured. Image and audio are linked to personal statements written in response to the question: “What will bring us to the next level in meeting the energy and environmental challenges we are facing today?”

Portraits in Action will be on display from May 13 through August 6.

Exhibit sponsored by Main Street Landing, Vermont Community Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank, Blittersdorf Foundation and Cabot Creamery.


VFC Exhibits :: Life Under the Shadow: Paintings by Hom Pradhan

LHom Pradhan

Through the pairing of acrylic paintings and audio excerpts, the exhibit reflects the young artist’s experience growing up in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal. As a child, Pradhan experienced challenging conditions among 120,000 refugees expelled from Bhutan. Despite these conditions, Pradhan found the incentive to make art, which helped him find and maintain peace and happiness within himself.

Hom Pradhan began to paint and draw at the age of seven. As a teenager, while still in the Bhutanese refugee camp, Goldhap, he completed the advanced course at the Institute of Fine Arts and Commercial Arts (IFACA). He then became a student instructor at the IFACA, where he taught fine arts, sculpture, and commercial arts to other refugees.

In late 2012 Pradhan was relocated to the United States, which presented a whole new set of challenges, including language barriers and cultural differences. His painting, however, has allowed him to navigate past these challenges as a visual, universally understood representation of a difficult time in his life.

Life Under the Shadow will be on display until July 31, 2016.

Exhibit sponsored by Main Street Landing, Vermont Community Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank, Blittersdorf Foundation and Cabot Creamery.




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