COmmunity Programs

We are thrilled to present free programming and performances at the Flynn and in communities throughout Vermont so that everyone can experience the power and joy of the arts. 

Playing Fields

Playing Fields brings together music and public theater on school recreation fields to create an exciting, communal atmosphere where students, teachers, staff, administrators, families, friends, neighbors, and anyone else in the community can join in the fun. This year, the Flynn presented French troupe Compagnie Des Quidam and their 12-foot tall, luminous horses for a presentation of Proud Horses at six Vermont schools: Champlain Valley Union High School, Winooski Middle School, Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Danville School, Vergennes Union High School, and Crossett Brook Middle School. Plus, Compagnie Des Quidam marched in the Burlington Pride Parade. 

2023 Playing Fields at Crossett Brook Middle School featuring Compagnie Des Quidam's Proud Horses

*snap* First Person Arts Festival

The Flynn is excited to announce *snap*, a new storytelling mini-festival held in Flynn Space from January 18-20, 2024. *snap* celebrates the power of storytelling and solo performance with a weekend-long festival that includes workshops and solo performances by professional and emerging artists. The Flynn present selected works from artists submissions from across New England and New York. Through a series of performances and workshops, *snap* is intended to create a dialogue between performers and the audience, providing opportunities for the community to join and support the conversation, help shape the artists’ work, and gain a deeper understanding of this important art form.

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Free music is playing all over Burlington throughout the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The 40th annual jazz festival in 2023 included two days of massive shows on the Burlington Waterfront, a stacked show at the Top of the Block on Church Street, almost 40 student bands from across the region, all playing free outdoor shows open to the public. The festival also featured free concerts by local artists all throughout the city as well as late-night jam sessions at the Vermont Comedy Club. The festival featured free shows by world-class artists such as three-time Grammy-winning and Tony-winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and her Memphis Soulphony Zambian rapper Sampa the Great, cosmic-jazz sax stylist Kamasi Washington, Grammy-nominated soul singer and producer Cory Henry, Zamrock cult band WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc), Georgia Anne Muldrow, Meshell Ndegeocello, and the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, directed by 99-year-old luminary Marshall Allen.

Hot Butter

Hot Butter is an open, welcoming, and energetic event where everyone can dance, hang, and socialize in a funky and vibrant setting. Since there is no dedicated bar or social space for LGBTQIA+ communities in our area, we’re excited to turn our black box theater, Flynn Space, into the hottest LGBTQIA+ night club in Burlington, to provide a joyful fun night of togetherness and disco. Local favorite DJ cRAIG mITCHELL emcees for the evening, spinning classic dancefloor-filling cuts all night. Join us for the next Hot Butter event on February 10 and let your heart melt at Hot Butter.

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