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New Year’s Eve Celebration Seeks “Bright Ideas” from Vermonters

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Burlington, VT – Burlington City Arts and Signal Kitchen are thrilled to announce the return of Highlight — Burlington’s citywide New Year’s Eve festival — and the launch of its crowdsourced ideas campaign, “The Bright Idea Project”, now powered by VSECU.

On New Year’s 2018, Highlight connected with over 6,000 attendees at 35 events in 20 venues across the Queen City; the celebration reached a diverse and wide-ranging audience, and its innovative crowdsourced event model kept the entire citywide festival experience authentic and fresh.

In 2019, Highlight and its new partner VSECU will return with a brand-new set of uniquely Vermont experiences — and needs ideas from fellow Vermonters!

“We are seeking proposals from creative and passionate Vermonters who have ideas for events, art installations, and performances that will connect our community across the city on December 31,” said Zach Williamson, Festival Director, Burlington City Arts.

“We aim to share and amplify as many unique pieces of Vermont’s culture as we can — whether it’s an artist with an idea for a community-made mural, a nonprofit with a fundraising event, a seasoned event professional with a vision, a tech startup, or anyone in between,” said Alex Lalli, co-founder/director, Signal Kitchen. “We want to celebrate what makes Vermont so special — the people that live here and the amazing things they do.”

“The ‘Bright Idea Project’ will select proposals that best fit Highlight’s mission, and then support them with funding, technical assistance, and promotion,” said Simeon Chapin, director of social and community development at VSECU. “Last year’s winners included an interactive art installation that spanned the ECHO Center and Waterfront Park, a larger-than-life fire-dancing performance, an immersive art and music takeover at Karma Birdhouse, a hip-hop fashion show with Vermont’s own 99 Neighbors at Contois Auditorium, and much more.”

Please submit ideas for “The Bright Idea Project” to be considered for a showcased spot on New Year’s Eve, and perhaps have a permanent location for the work after that. Applications can be downloaded at and submitted by email to Proposals are open until August 12, 2019.

Highlight’s “Bright Idea Project” is powered by VSECU. VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. _