Upper Valley Arts is a small non-profit organization based in the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire. Our goal is to promote the performing and cinematic arts in the region. We support local filmmakers, writers, playwrights, actors, and musicians by holding readings and performances, sponsoring projects, providing instructions, and lending filmmaking equipment.
We recently worked with a group of award-winning Vermont filmmakers to make the celebrated 6-part film series: Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie. This collaborative film weaves together history, politics and culture, resulting in a rich tapestry that connects Vermont's present, past and future. Our current projects include a short film contest for young Vermonters, aged 14-30: What does Vermont mean to them? What are they passionate about? What are their dreams and aspirations?
We announced the 2016 winners and screened their films on May 7th, 2016 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more information go to the Freedom & Unity TV web site. Festival sponsors include The Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Folklife Center, the Bay and Paul Foundation and Vermont PBS.
Upper Valley Arts is pleased to co-sponsor with the Norwich Public Library a public reading of Frederick Douglass' fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Thursday June 30th, 6:30 pm, Norwich bandstand, Norwich, Vermont.
We also hold occasional critique sessions and music jams, where artists present work-in-progress and get feedback from other artists. Please contact us if you would like to participate; currently through David Ferm or Nora Jacobson.