Frequently asked questions

Who is going to do the artwork?

We don't know yet! Our committee has chosen 2 finalists: Elise and Payne Junker, and LMNOPI. Voting is now open for any interested community members. Head back to the home page to see when you can view the concept design proposals in person, or you can see thumbnails and vote right online. We'll announce a winner as soon as possible following the close of voting on March 15, 2020. We hope the work will be ready to install by Old Home Week 2020 (July30-Aug2, 2020).

Why an art project? Doesn't our town need a lot of other stuff right now?

Glad you asked! While there are a lot of things to concentrate on, this grant was a way to spark a community project that would beautify our village, strengthen our social fabric, and be a positive way to come together. Meanwhile, our staff and volunteers are also at work on other community projects and problems -- it's all part of the mix!

How much is it going to cost?

Well, it sort of depends on the project that is selected. We estimate that the total cost will be in the neighborhood of $30,000. It does sound like a lot, but bear in mind that a lot of the costs will be 'in-kind' -- that is, donations of services and time to make the project happen! And we have support from the Vt. Arts Council as well as the Deerfield Valley Rotary. Having the grant money, as well as community support, means we can pay artist(s) to do their work. And that feels good! We are hoping to find an artist with ties to Vermont or the nearby local area. We will be asking for community support -- any amount helps!

How can I get involved with the project?

We need lots of help!! from taking photos, to putting up artists during installation, to loaning equipment... if you have it and want to help, we want you! One need this spring is to borrow a pressure washer to give the wall a good scrub before it gets re-surfaced. Got one? email us at Wilmington Works! We will be sending out calls for volunteer work parties in the spring. Join us.

I don't live in Wilmington. Can I vote/be involved?

Absolutely! This is public art for our whole community. If you drive by the wall (and if you drive North on 100/East on 9, you do!), you get a say!

Are my tax dollars paying for this project?

No! This project is privately funded. We received a grant from the Vermont Arts Council through a program that is donor-funded. We are also receiving support from the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club. For the rest of the program, we are relying on donations from local businesses and citizens. If you are interested in making a donation to the project in any amount, we would welcome your support!! Click on the Donate button on the bottom of this page to do so via paypal, or email us for more information on how to do so by check. And Thank You!

Why aren't you hiring a more local artist?

We invited artists from across the state to apply for this commission. We had 11 initial applications, two of which were from artists who reside in our local area. While we loved both of them (and one was chosen as a semi-finalist), ultimately we felt those artists' works would be better used in another place. Specifially, one we thought would work better on a smaller scale; the other in a more pedestrian-friendly environment. One of the things that has been great about this project is getting to see the work of a very diverse group of Vermont's working artists, and drawing out local talent. Once the Beaver Street Art project is complete, we hope to continue to incorporate art into our downtown. We are going to explore possibilities for shorter term and/or 'pop-up' installations!

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