A Convening, and Next Steps
Artists, educators, and community leaders with interest in furthering the Vermont Creative Network convened at Chandler Center for the Arts in late October. Poetry, statistics, philosophy, and consideration for the practical informed a day of inspiration and conversation.
Famed poet and Vermont Arts Council trustee Major Jackson started the day with a reading. Leonardo Vazquez - the founder and director of
the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking
- used his plenary speech to encourage everyone to think about leadership and changemaking. He challenged the group to consider ways to get past the "tyranny of custom."
Northeast Kingdom (NEK) creative zone agent Jody Fried, with consulting team members Melissa Levy and Michael Kane, shared initial findings from the creative economy strategic plan being developed in the NEK. Further conversation with Leo Vazquez and Barry Lampke, from the Clean Water Network, filled the afternoon, as did an in-depth discussion about the potential for and expansion of the NEK study. This statewide study is an important thrust for the Network; more news and next steps will unfold in December.