Kingdom County Productions recently received a $5,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund. The grant will help produce several new "Writers for Recovery" workshops and special projects in the NEK.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the VCF. It will help us bring our Writers for Recovery workshops to more folks who are in recovery from substance abuse disorder,” said Director Bess O’Brien.
The VCF’s Northeast Kingdom Fund is a permanent philanthropic resource dedicated to supporting the people and communities of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. Its grants are decided by a committee of residents, providing philanthropy for the Kingdom, by the Kingdom.
Writers for Recovery is a series of writing workshops focused on stories of addiction and recovery. Participants write about their personal stories of struggle, perseverance, moments of doubt and inspiration, and the slow but steady work of renewal and healing from addiction. Workshops include creative writing, poetry, non-fiction, and even some humor!
The disease of addiction affects millions of men, women, and children across America, destroying lives, devastating communities, and tearing families apart. By providing writing workshops in recovery centers, correctional facilities, and other organizations across Vermont, Writers for Recovery is helping people fight back, express themselves, tell their stories and share with others.
Kingdom County Productions hopes to produce "Writers for Recovery" workshops in partnership with the Kingdom Recovery Center, Journey into Recovery in Newport, and other social service organizations and correctional facilities in the NEK.
Also, the Vermont Community Foundation grant will help produce two special Lullaby Project workshops with Umbrella in St. Johnsbury and Newport. "The Lullaby Project" began and was created by Carnegie Hall in New York City. It is a program that works with low-income mothers to write their lullabies for their children.
"Writers for Recovery" in collaboration with Scrag Mountain Music will partner together to bring The Lullaby Project to women at Umbrella. "The Lullaby Project" is a beautiful and powerful series of workshops that help women reflect on their lives and the lives of their children by creating a personal lullaby that they will be able to sing to their child and pass down through their family through the years. "Writers for Recovery" will work with the women on the lyrics for the lullabies and Scrag Mountain Music will write the music with participants.
Also, Scrag Mountain will perform a concert of the women’s lullabies for the public.
If organizations are interested in partnering with "Writers for Recovery" on writing workshops in the Northeast Kingdom please contact us at www.listenupvt.org.