Creative Economy Represents in Vermont
Hundreds of people came to Montpelier last week to take in the arts scene together and to speak of creativity, place, and inclusion. Urban planners, educators, arts administrators, and others gathered for two days for the New England Foundation for the Arts' (NEFA) Creative Communities Exchange in Vermont's capital city.
The biannual conference was held in our state this year for the first time. Cultural venues in town--including the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Vermont History Center, City Hall Auditorium/Lost Nation Theater, and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library--became workshop centers for two days. People explored topics ranging from coworking spaces for writers and musicians to fiscal sponsorship and from a case study on Abenaki Heritage Weekend to community engagement in cultural planning. The Vermont Creative Network was well-represented when Jody Fried and Amy Cunningham presented a session highlighting recent work of the Network.
One Vermont organization was among the three recipients of NEFA's Creative Economy Awards; Burlington City Arts was recognized for decades of consistent growth, service, and community contribution. Congratulations to them, and thank you to all who gathered to further the sector!