Erika Lawlor Schmidt
I am a visual and performing artist, activist and educator. Working as a multdisciplinary artist is testament to creating and understanding our world as a complex, integrated and interdependent system of parts, each part informing the other. I am currently the executive director for Stone Valley Arts located in rural southwest Vermont. We are a young organization working to bring a full spectrum of cultural activities, events and educational programming to our economically distressed area.
I have been a creative learner and participant in the worlds of art, music, theater, and dance and I fully understand the vitality and balance it brings to individuals and community. I am dedicated to possibilities. I am dedicated to the belief that all people deserve creative opportunities and experiences. Stone Valley Arts has many important tasks and decisions before us. Now is an opportune time to offer more, inspire more, invite, include and expand our spectrum of art experiences. Cultural shifts matter. We begin with initiation. Initiation is what happens when you start something out of nothing, break the pattern, launch the new thing and take a leap.