Vermont Cultural Leaders To Plan Joint Action to Promote Inclusion and Respect

In response to an increase in hate crimes in Vermont, over 80 cultural organizations in the state have signed a statement promoting inclusion, respect, and change in their communities:

“Last month, the FBI reported that hate crimes in Vermont increased for the second year in a row, and are now at their highest level since 1995. The evidence of escalating hatred and bigotry is right here in Vermont. There are dozens of examples from Burlington to Brattleboro, St. Johnsbury to Bennington. As cultural leaders, we stand against hate and violence and we will take action.

We have come together to commit our cultural organizations to the vital work of promoting inclusion, respect and change in Vermont communities. We know that the arts and humanities have the power to create and nurture empathy, promote critical thinking and thoughtful reflection, offer healing strategies and advance understanding across differences such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability and age. In 2019, each of our organizations will undertake programming that advances dialogue and healing in our communities. We invite other cultural organizations across the state to join us to reject bigotry, work for a kinder and more thoughtful Vermont, and build creative, healthy, welcoming communities for all.”

Saint Albans Museim, with

Barre Opera House
Bennington Museum
Big Heavy World
Brattleboro Literary Festival
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro Music Center
Burlington City Arts
Burlington Edible History Tour
Cabot Arts
Castleton Free Library
Catamount Arts
CERF+ – the Artists Safety-net
Circus Smirkus
Clemmons Family Farm
Community Engagement Lab
Fleming Museum of Art
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Grass Roots Art & Community Effort (GRACE)
Greater Barton Arts
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
Green Mountain Youth Symphony
Greensboro Historical Society
Heat and Hot Water Productions
Helen Day Art Center
In-Sight Photography Project
INSPIRIT, a dance company Inc.
JAG Productions
Jeh Kulu
Judi Emanuel Family and Friends
Kingdom County Productions
Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Latchis Arts
Lost Nation Theater
Lyric Theatre Company
Main Street Arts
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center
Milton Artists’ Guild
Music For Sprouts
New England Youth Theatre
Northern Stage Theater
Off The Grid Productions
Old Stone House Museum
Radiate Art Space
River Arts Center
Rockingham Arts and Museum Project 
Rokeby Museum
Say It Forward Productions 
Scout Film Festival
Shelburne Museum
Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
Stowe Performing Arts
Studio Place Arts
Sundog Poetry Center
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center
The Paramount Theater
The Weston Playhouse Theatre
Town Hall Theater
U-32 High School Library
University of Vermont Lane Series
UP for Learning
Vermont Art Guide
Vermont Arts Council
Vermont Arts Exchange
Vermont Center for Independent Living
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Vermont Community Foundation
Vermont Folklife Center
Vermont Historical Society
Vermont Holocaust Memorial
Vermont Humanities Council
Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF)
Vermont Performance Lab
Vermont Stage
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Vermont Youth Orchestra Association
Vermont’s Cartoonist Laureate
Vermont’s Poet Laureate
Very Merry Theatre
VSA Vermont
White River Indie Films
Wilder Memorial Library
WonderArts Vermont
Women’s Intl League for Peace and Freedom
Young Tradition Vermont
Young Writers Project