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News from the Zone: Chittenden County

Winter 2024

Welcome to News from the Zone, providing local creative sector news from across Vermont and your Creative Zone. We’re here to help you maintain and develop connections with your local community and get involved in creative experiences through quarterly newsletters.


This newsletter is brought to you by the Vermont Creative Network, a collective of organizations, businesses, and individuals working to elevate Vermont’s creative sector. Through research, advocacy, and networking, the Vermont Creative Network supports the creative sector, which strengthens the Vermont economy, provides local job opportunities, and is essential to the prosperity and resilience of Vermont communities. 


To read more about the Vermont Creative Network, click here.

Statewide Creative Sector News

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ADVOCACY


Save the Date: Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference


Join the Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development on June 5, 2024, for the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference, providing participants with the inspiration, tools, and connections to gain positive momentum to invigorate Vermont communities. We encourage you to submit a session request about one of this year's themes, including "Creativity," by Feb. 23, 2024.


On June 6, after the Conference, the Vermont Creative Network will host the 2024 Creative Sector Convening with plenty of opportunities to network, learn, and advocate with Vermonters working in the creative sector. Click here to learn more.

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NETWORKING


2024 Vermont Tourism Summit


Interested in learning more about the impact of Vermont's creative economy on regional and local tourism? Join Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Susan Evans McClure at the Vermont Tourism Summit for "Vermont's Creative Economy: Driving Tourism, Building Vermont," where Susan will share data from the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study (AEP6) and its impact on our state's tourism industry.


The Vermont Tourism Summit will be held May 8-10 at the Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel in West Dover. Find all the details and register here.

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RESEARCH


Help Strengthen Creative Sector Data


CreativeGround is New England’s community-generated, free, online arts and culture directory. A recent update now allows Vermont users to select a Creative Zone in the new "Designated Arts Communities" profile field, making it easier than ever to connect with your local community.


Help keep CreativeGround data accurate by suggesting edits to profiles in your local community. Are there profiles that have gone out of business of have inaccurate information? Click on the “Suggest an Edit” button at the top of each profile and clean away!


Find out more about CreativeGround and help clean the data today.

Chittenden County Creative Sector News

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Welcome to the Chittenden County Creative Sector Zone! Your zone agent is Corrina Thurston. Corrina helps make connections with creative businesses and nonprofits in Chittenden County.


Each edition of this newsletter will provide you with updates from the creative sector in Chittenden County. Got news you'd like to share? Drop us an email.


Here's the latest from Chittenden County:


  • A recent Americans for the Arts study found that Greater Burlington Area nonprofit arts organizations generated $93.5 million for the local economy in 2022, which supported 1,321 jobs, provided $55.8 million in personal income to residents, and generated $16.8 million in tax revenue. Additionally, this study shows that arts and cultural organizations contribute to community pride, with 88% of event attendees agreeing that the activity or venue where they were surveyed “is inspiring a sense of pride in this neighborhood or community.”
  • The Flynn's Executive Director, Jay Wahl, invited the public to a three-day convening in January to strategize about the future of the organization and its role in Vermont's creative community. Utilizing an Open Space model, which allowed participants to set the agenda and share their perspectives freely, the Flynn collaborated with the local community to develop a strategy to "bridge geographic distances, economic disparity, demographic changes, and other social and civic challenges so that every Vermonter has opportunities to connect to their humanity through the arts."

Celebrating Black History Month in the Zone

Jump-start your search for local Black creatives to support, not only this month but all year round, with these artists from the Chittenden County Zone:

Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater comprises master artists from Guinea and Senegal, West Africa, and American artists, all of whom are passionate about the traditional rhythms and dances from throughout West Africa. Jeh Kulu offers weekly classes at the North Star Community Hall in Burlington as well as performances, workshops, and school residencies.

Photo: Jeh Kulu

Raphaella "Raph Draws" Brice is a self-taught digital illustrator and muralist who describes their style as “'cultural-psychedelic' — where culture meets the surrealism of their inner and outer expression of the world." At the forefront of all their pieces is "'the liberated & exuberant black body', unscathed by the perils of society, principalities, and the powers that dominate this earth." The goal of their pieces is to "liberate the collective black experience & honor oneness."

Photo: “Black Freedom, Black Madonna & The Black Child of Hope” Juneteenth Mural.

Additionally, here are some resources that focus on supporting Black artists and entrepreneurs across Vermont:


  • The Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) aims to "advance networking and career development opportunities for its members, to increase civic engagement, to grow generations of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders, and to economically empower BIPOC organizations, businesses and entrepreneurs in the state of Vermont."


  • Clemmons Family Farm is an African American women-led Vermont nonprofit organization working in collaboration with a growing network of Vermont's artists and culture bearers of African descent to mobilize the arts and the power of place for community well-being. Check out their Special Edition curriculum, "Rights Right On! The Role of Freedom Songs in the Civil Rights Movement," shared for free in honor of Black History Month and Beyond 2024.


  • The Root Social Justice Center, located in Southern Vermont, is a racial justice organization centering blackness. The Root "prioritizes BIPOC people and their communities by shifting resources to BIPOC for leadership, connection, healing, education and the arts and supports BIPOC led racial justice movement work."

Creative Sector Experiences: Chittenden County

The Vermont Arts Calendar is a statewide, crowdsourced, searchable directory of arts and culture events. Have an event you think we should know about? Click the button below to submit your own listing for free!

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Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Prints) Exhibition

   South Burlington Public Library

South Burlington

Feb. 2–29

A poster for The Tempest play, featuring a performer leaping into waves, with a winged costume.

Vermont Repertory Theatre Presents: Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Main Street Landing Black Box Theater

Burlington

Feb. 29–Mar. 3

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Creative Bookmaking

new new art studio

Burlington

6-9 p.m., Mar. 25

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Vermont Arts Council Grant Opportunities

Creation Grants

Deadline: Apr. 9, 2024


Creation Grants support artists or artist groups in creating new work. Grant funds may be used to compensate the artists for time spent creating new work, to purchase materials, or to rent equipment or space for the process.


Learn more about Creation Grants.

A square collage, featuring a painting by Misoo Bang, weavings by Mary Hand, a photo of the mural "Phoenix of Transmutation," courtesy of The Current, and a photo of a musical production taken by Robert Eddy.
A collage of abstracted art, featuring a musician playing guitar, a child running, a child smiling, and a performing holding torches.

Arts Project Grants

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2024


Arts Project Grants support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to add vibrancy to Vermont communities through projects that provide equal and abundant access to the arts.


Learn more about Arts Project Grants.

Animating Infrastructure Grants

Deadline: Mar. 18, 2024


Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements.


Learn more about Animating Infrastructure Grants.

A graphic showcasing four previous projects: a colorful fish mural; a lighted installation on the wall of a highway underpass (credit: Elizabeth Billings); a glowing sculpture of a train, created by Phil Godenschwager, whose cars resemble buildings in downtown Waterbury (credit: David Morse), and a painted silo against a blue sky (credit: Ellen Hill).

Cultural Facilities Grants

Deadline: May 6, 2024


Cultural Facilities Grants help Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public.


Learn more about Cultural Facilities Grants.

A collage of four images: Story Hour with Paula Smith at the Royalton Memorial Library; Lydia Clemmons and Harlan Mack at Clemmons Family Farm; a kinetic art exhibit at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center; and Rokeby Museum Director Jane Williamson presenting a gallery talk.

Recent Classifieds: Chittenden County

Visit the Vermont Arts Council’s Classified Ads page to browse job listings, calls to artists, art supplies, funding, classes, conferences, and more. Click the button below to submit your own listing for free!

Inclusive Arts Vermont Seeks Development Associate

Posted: January 19, 2024

Category: Job Postings

Ends on: February 18, 2024

Organization: Inclusive Arts Vermont

Location: Remote / Chittenden County

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About the Vermont Creative Network

The Vermont Creative Network is a broad collective of organizations, businesses, and individuals working to advance Vermont’s creative sector. Authorized by the Vermont Legislature in 2016, the Network is an initiative of the Vermont Arts Council. Learn more at www.vermontcreativenetwork.org

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