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First Day of School
IAA first day of school

Migmar Tsering, a Young Tradition Vermont board member and past President/organizer with the Tibet Association, got the new school year off to a great start at Integrated Arts Academy last week with a Tibetan tune played on whistle.  Thanks to Bobby Riley for the idea and invitation to highlight our partnership in this way, and everyone at IAA for the enthusiasm and opportunities we continue to have at the school.  Over the past year, YTV as an organization has learned as much as IAA students and staff about what’s important and how to move the things we choose to do from good to better to best.  It was such a pleasure to be among students, staff and families on the first day of school, and have so many connections and memories from the past year to build on headed into the current year. YTV is extraordinarily privileged to be part of the fabric of Integrated Arts Academy and to such a joyful and talented partner in our efforts.  Next up at IAA is a visit by Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet on Friday September 11th.

Board of Directors meeting
board of directors

Thanks all who attended, tried to attend, had good intentions of attending the YTV Board meeting on Sunday….. to Darren for taking notes (summary to come), Yasi for being time keeper (impossible task!), Bill D for being evaluation leader, Corie and Chris for letting us use their beautiful outdoor space at Bread & Butter Farm.

We share the very sad news that former board member Lee MacIsaac died Sunday morning, the news arriving just before the start of the meeting. YTV’s work meant a lot to Lee, and we carry it on knowing how dedicated she was about the importance of the work we do. Geoff Gevalt posted a tribute with a photo on the Young Writers Project web site here.



YTV Essay by Bobby Riley

bobby riley

Bobby is Principal at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington

YTV has focused its public school partnership activities at the Integrated Arts Academy this past year and will continue the partnership in the coming school year. We collaborate on a variety of traditional music and dance activities, with YTV contributing a variety of financial, personnel and expertise resources. YTV’s I​nstrument Petting Zoo​ i​s stored in the music room at IAA, which allows for access to all instruments for instruction at the school. Visiting artists associated with YTV do presentations during Friday Town Meetings approximately once a month. YTV has sponsored several before and after school programs including African drumming with Ismael Bangoura, Ukulele with Brian Perkins, and singing with Sophia Donforth. YTV has organized and supported a dance residency with Mary Wesley, as part of an attempt to link music and dance activities with a New Neighbors curriculum that was developed in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. YTV supported IAA students attended its annual Trad Camp in July. YTV has helped provide funding for many of these activities and linked the school with a variety of other funding sources, including the Greene Fiddle Loan Program, the Nelson Family Foundation, the Turrell Fund, and the Vermont Community Foundation. The school year ended in June with an amazing community dinner attended by over 300 people, which ended with a contra danced played by YTV board members Brian Perkins, Joe Cleary and Mark Sustic and students from IAA and called by YTV instructor Mary Wesley.


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9/6/15 Les Freres Belanger at the New World Fesitval

Jordan and Tommy Belanger, winners at the 2015 Young Tradition Contest, will perform at the New World Festival in and around the Chandler Music Center near downtown Randolph.  Festival starts at 12 noon and ends at 11pm.


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