AIAVT Announces Recipient of a Carol Miklos Grant

AIAVT is pleased to announce that the Winner of the first round of the 2020 Carol Miklos Community Outreach Grant is MRVTV of Waitsfield, in partnership with Yestermorrow.

As part of their mission to educate people in the Mad River Valley and beyond, MRVTV will use the grant funding to document and distribute videos of the presentations given at the 2021 Tiny House Fest.

The fest was born in the spring of 2016, when three friends decided to launch a festival in
downtown Brattleboro with human dwellings at the center of the conversation. One friend was
in the process of designing and building a tiny house on wheels, another was waist deep in two
house renovation projects, and another was just completing an energy retrofit to her home. All
were considering the many questions that enter into community conversations about housing.

In 2018, Fest leadership formed the Brattleboro Office of Cultural Affairs or BoCA and created a
fruitful partnership with Yestermorrow Design/Build School of Waitsfield, Vermont.
Last year there were talks and panels on three stages. The Community Vision Stage featured
thought leaders who discussed shifts in housing trends, policies & initiatives, along with
innovative, historical and healthy approaches to planning and public spaces.

On the Design/Build Stage, presentations covered all the systems that go into designing &
building a tiny, right-sized & sustainable home. The Story Stage had Tiny house dwellers,
innovators and educators telling their personal stories of design, experience, and impact.
Overall, there were 30 presentations given throughout the day. The fest was unfortunately cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19, but planning for 2021 is underway, with the expectation of having a similar number of presentations as the 2019 fest.