Cultural Capital: The Cambridge Arts Council

Cultural capital is comprised of many components. It is what people value and find meaning in, and it is shared customs and rituals. While some of these things are harder to recognize, surface culture like celebrations, and art are an important reflection of the deeper levels of culture within a community.

The Cambridge Arts Council has been a driving factor in the development of Jeffersonville’s cultural capital. The organization has been in the town for 20 years (Cambridge Arts Council, 2016). It is a non-profit that works to promote the visual and performance arts in the area. This organization is responsible for most of the cultural events around town, including the 4th of July Celebration which includes live music. One of the most well known cultural events in Cambridge is the annual Festival of the Arts. Not only is it popular among locals, but it also draws people from the surrounding areas. It showcases local artists, musicians, and artisans. The consistency of these events is what has lead them to become an engrained part of the community.

The newest project being undertaken by the council is the Silo Project, which took a piece of land with old abandon silos and painted scenes of the local Vermont landscape and community. These silos hadn’t been used since 1990 (Vermont Public Radio, 2016). They received a $15,000 grant from the Vermont Arts Council (Seven Days, 2015). It was the largest of three “animating infrastructure” grants given out by the council, all of which were for more than $14,000 (Vermont Arts Council). It is an important way to revitalize the town.

This is the north silo mural rendering that artist Sarah Rutherford submitted to Cambridge Arts Council.
CREDIT SARAH RUTHERFORD / CAMBRIDGE ARTS COUNCIL

References:

Cambridge Art Council. Accessed: September 24, 2016. 20th Celebration. Retrieved from http://www.cambridgeartsvt.org/20th-anniversary/

Seven Days. August 15, 2015. Jeffersonville Silo Project Chooses Muralist. Retrieved from http://www.sevendaysvt.com/LiveCulture/archives/2015/08/25/jeffersonville-silo-project-chooses-muralist

Vermont Arts Council. Accessed: September  23, 2016. Recent Grants. Retrieved from http://www.vermontartscouncil.org/grants-and-services/recent-grantees#Animating%20Infrastructure

Vermont Public Radio. July 29, 2016. Two Silos in Jeffersonville Are Getting Massive Murals. Retrieved from http://digital.vpr.net/post/photos-two-silos-jeffersonville-are-getting-massive-murals#stream/0