Happy New Year!

Dear friends,

What is one word that you would use to describe 2018? For us…it is simply WOW.

As the first full calendar year of WonderArts comes to a close we are astounded by our impact, programs, partnerships, growth, and support. When we started this entity we knew it was a good (although a bit risky) decision. We never imagined that in a year we would become one of the most relevant regional community non-profits.

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Campers During Farm Camp!

Over the past year, we have led over 400 activities and programs teaching all ages from 6 months to over 90. Our reach has been focused on Craftsbury and Greensboro but programs have served and brought together people from Hardwick, Wolcott, Woodbury, Albany, Standard, Johnson, Lyndonville, Glover, Newport, Montpelier, and beyond. Direct programs include preschool movement, Summer Camps, After School Creativity, NEK Kids on the Move, in school residencies, entrepreneurship talks at high schools, internships, adult classes, senior programs, in focus films, galleries at Sterling, environmental ed at the Community Greenspace, and more. All told these programs have served over 1,300 community members.

Not only are we providing relevant programs to our communities but we also work throughout the region on advocacy for the arts and rural towns. WonderArts staff are invited to speak at Vermont After School, be on the local planning commission & school boards, lend expertise to community projects, and sit on regional committees.

It is a wonder that our small yet dedicated staff (one full time director and 4 part-time staff) can do it all…but we are not alone! We are able to pull this off thanks to teaching artists & professionals, volunteers, board members, grants, business sponsors, partnering organizations, individual donors, and participants.

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As we look forward to 2019 we remain dedicated to our work and are thrilled to be finishing a strategic planning process that will enable us to be sustainable, nimble, and even more impactful. We welcome you to reach out and join us for any number of our community events and classes!

Thank you for an incredible year and have a safe, fun, and joyful New Year!

With Gratitude,

Ceilidh Galloway-Kane

The WonderArts Holiday Market Brings Hundreds to Shop Local in Craftsbury!

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On Saturday December 8th, WonderArts held the 7th Annual WonderArts Holiday Market at the Craftsbury Academy Gym. From 9 am to 3 pm the gym was a buzz with laughter, conversation, and lots of buying! The market highlighted the creations of 45 vendors from the Northeast Kingdom and surrounding area.

Sally Cabell Quilts

Sally Cabell Quilts

There were soaps, jewelry, face products, plants, clothing, food, crafts, fine, art, and more. It was inspiring to not only see the quality of products displayed but the community come together to support one another. We counted over 500 visitors including lots of families! We also had the a localvore lottery that raised funds to support WonderArts programs. What a day! We can’t wait to host it again next year! Vendors are chosen on a first come first serve basis. Registration will open in September of 2019. If you are interested in being on the contact list email skye@wonderartsvt.org.

A special thanks to the craftsbury general store, smugglers notch, lake champlain chocolates, and all of the vendors!

Peter Gould comes to schools in the NEK!

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We are thrilled to be hosting Peter Gould (director of Get Thee to the Funnery) at schools throughout the Northeast Kingdom this fall! Last week, Peter performed circus tricks, improv, and more at Woodbury school and led workshops at Albany community School. Peter weaves a variety of performing arts together to engage children in shakespeare, comedy, and self-expression. Kindergarteners, 6th graders, and teachers alike laughed, cheered, and mimed throughout the performance.

For many of these students this was the first time that they were engaging directly with a teaching artist. It was inspiring to see the delight at a joke, the willingness of students to participate, and the joy that this experience gave to so many children.

These are Wonderful kids! Full of sparkle.
— Peter Gould
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Next up, Peter will be heading to Craftsbury School, Hazen, Lake Region, Lakeview Union, and hopefully Glover. These assemblies and residencies are supported in part by funds from the Vermont Community Foundation Northeast Kingdom Fund and the Canaday Family Charitable Trust.

Thank you!