Community Outreach Programs
Frog Hollow has a rich history of working with local and statewide organizations, schools, and grassroots campaigns. Our goal is to further the understanding of and accessibility to the hand crafted. We have done this in many ways and continue to explore new and creative means to do so. Originally we accomplished this through the use of our craft school facilities and integrated arts programming. Today we achieve this goal through the promotion of arts programming in the statewide studios of our juried artisan members, through continued integrated arts programming with Vermont schools, and through partnerships with area businesses and organizations to raise awareness regarding our Vermont artisans work, craft education, and appreciation.
CSWD Recycle/ReUse Showcase
Chittenden Solid Waste District
16th annual art contest in which Chittenden County high school students take materials that might normally be considered trash and recycle them to create works of art. The idea is to recognize the usefulness of items we might normally consign to the landfill and reuse them in a creative (and durable) way. Found objects, surplus materials, used items… it’s all fair game!
This exhibit is a partnership between Frog Hollow and CSWD.
Interpreting the Trail
Green Mountain Club and Long Trail Brewing Co.
A Frog Hollow Artisan Celebration of Vermont’s Long Trail System
From photographs to pastels to bottle cap clocks and backgammon boards the Long Trail system of Vermont has inspired a myriad of Vermont artists to create a variety of unique responses to it. An exhibit which brings together Frog Hollow, the Green Mountain Club and Long Trail Brewing Co: Interpreting the Trail an artisan celebration of Vermont's Long Trail. Created with the aide of the Green Mountain Club and generously supported by the Long Trail Brewing Co. the exhibit runs the month of February 2012.
Art in the Classroom
Integrated Arts Academy
In an effort to establish artisans in the classroom for the 2010/2011 school year, Frog Hollow will be collaborating with the faculty at the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler Elementary School in Burlington, VT to organize an arts initiative in which different classes will participate in the creation of original works of art. These arts projects will be created under the guidance of recruited Frog Hollow artisans working with the classes in different given mediums. The goal of the placement of artisans in the classroom is to act as a useful tool for the educators in conveying the practical nature of the basic competencies they are teaching. It is our intention to have educators and artists working together to bring this understanding to the students while creating single works of art by the classes in a collaborative effort. Artisans will visit the classrooms between January and April 2011, and the end product of these visits will be a completed single work of art to be displayed in a group show at Frog Hollow. This exhibit is fundedby Frog Hollow's Sara Silberberg Fund, an endowment used to fund arts education projects by Frog Hollow artisans.
Montshire's Woodland Garden
The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich and Frog Hollow announce a collaboration that involves Vermont artists in the creation of five benches for the Montshire Museum's Woodland Garden. Members of the Vermont Furniture Guild and juried Frog Hollow artisans were invited to submit proposals which were juried to select five designs for commission by the Montshire Museum. Frog Hollow will host a gallery exhibit May 1–31, 2011 with an opening on May 6th from 5-8 p.m. featuring the five completed benches. After the show the benches will be permanently installed in the Montshire Museum's Woodland Garden in Norwich, Vermont for visitors to enjoy. The goal is to both expand public awareness of and appreciation for the work of Vermont artisans as well as provide artistic and functional features that will enhance visitors' enjoyment of Montshire's Woodland Garden.
Transcendence: Mooring the Storms
Women's Rape Crisis Center
The Burlington Women’s Rape Crisis Center (WRCC) and Frog Hollow are collaborating on a project to raise awareness regarding sexual violence and survivor recovery in the Burlington community. The project will take form in several stages. Frog Hollow artisans Carol MacDonald and Erik Rehman will be working with survivors of sexual violence, taking their stories and creating unique, inspirational artwork that embodies their healing journey and depicts a sense of hope. The artwork will be publicly created throughout the month of April 2011 in the front window of the Burlington Frog Hollow gallery. Once created, the work will tour the state of Vermont in an effort to raise awareness statewide. Twelve month-long exhibits across the state are anticipated before the final installation of the work takes place in April 2012 in the Laura Winterbottom room at the Burlington WRCC location. Frog Hollow gratefully acknowledges the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council for their aid in funding this event. For more information on NEA and VAC, please visit their websites at www.nea.gov and www.vermontartscouncil.org.
CSWD Recycle/ReUse Showcase
Chittenden Solid Waste District
15th annual art contest in which Chittenden County high school students take materials that might normally be considered trash and recycle them to create works of art. The idea is to recognize the usefulness of items we might normally consign to the landfill and reuse them in a creative (and durable) way. Found objects, surplus materials, used items… it’s all fair game!
This exhibit is a partnership between Frog Hollow and CSWD. Frog Hollow would also like to acknowledge the support and sponsorship of this event by Vermont resident and Frog Hollow member Lisa Steele.