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September 2018    
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VCN 2018 Convening: October 18

Mark your calendar now for the Network's Convening on Thursday, October 18. Everyone is welcome for the morning events at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. Plenary speaker Leonardo Vazquez, founder and director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, will set the tone for the day. The afternoon will consist of workshops and work sessions for those currently involved and looking to engage in the work of Network. Participation in the day is free, but registration is required.

Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date and send an email to Amy Cunningham to receive a registration reminder in mid-September.
Francis Colburn's "Charley Smith and His Barn" is included in the inspiring exhibit.
"Crash to Creativity" Exhibit Inspires Network Event

The Bennington Museum was the setting for a lively August meeting of a Southern Vermont cohort of the Creative Network. Zirwat Choudhury served as one of the event's organizers. Zirwat is director of Bennington's Office of Community Development and an art historian by training.  She issued a unique challenge to each presenter: Tie your remarks to one of the works in the Bennington Museum's "Crash To Creativity" exhibit, which explores New Deal projects in Vermont from 1933-1643. From there, presenters explored what it means to be creative, what it means for governments to support creative pursuits, and what it means for a community to develop in the light of those efforts.

Vermont Creative Network Coordinator and Arts Council Deputy Director Amy Cunningham presented highlights from research demonstrating significant economic impact of the creative sector in Vermont.  Bennington Potters owner and CEO Sheela Hardin shared that the future of her company is inextricably tied to the success of this town and likened the journey of her business to that of a "large, long-standing piece of performance art." Legislator and artist Bill Botzow, the culminating speaker for the day, cited examples of Southern Vermont arts organizations such as the Vermont Arts Exchange and the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project as "leavening agents," bubbling up innovative projects in a community. Reflecting on  his legislative career, he shared his belief that "one of the ultimate art forms is public policy."
With the Bennington County cultural study under way and a new Southern Vermont  Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy being developed, the infusion of arts, creativity and innovation continues in Southern Vermont. The Bennington Museum's  "Crash To Creativity" show is up until November 4 and "CAMBIUM (Into the Woods): Works by Bill Botzow" is up until September 16.
NH Trailblazers Head to the Summit

The last week in September will bring chilly temperatures and falling leaves to the Northeast; and it will bring hundreds of local leaders and innovators to Keene, New Hampshire. On September 27 and 28, around 500 people will gather at the Radically Rural summit with the overarching goal of creating and maintaining robust rural communities. Most of the speakers hail from the Granite State, but several Vermonters will also give talks or serve as panelists, including VT Digger's Anne Galloway, Preservation Trust of Vermont's Paul Bruhn, and Jasper Hill Farm's Leigh Harding.

Residents of rural regions recognize the challenges of sustaining creative businesses, arts organizations, and thriving downtowns. Radically Rural's workshop offerings - from "Evolving Business Models for Rural Arts" to "Historic Buildings as a Catalyst for Downtown Vibrancy" - prove that Vermont is not alone in tackling these issues. Five tracks at the conference provide focus on specific areas within the creative sector: arts and culture, entrepreneurship, rural media, Main Street, and working lands. A unique networking event called Connect 2018: The Rural Advantage, will take place on the evening of September 27.

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Bringing Artistic Life to Infrastructure

Imagine tree sculptures in a downtown, painted silos at a roundabout, or a mural on a retaining wall. Each of these are real; they are successful public art pieces funded with Animating Infrastructure Grants. And, our state needs more of them.

Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. If art can help your community achieve greater livability, walkability, safety, economic vitality, and community vibrancy, this program could be for you. Workshops will be held September 24-October 26. Anyone with questions is welcome to attend.

Find out "Why Public Art" and jump-start your imagination with this one-minute video .
Vermont Creative Network
Vermont Arts Council

The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which requires a 1:1 match from the Vermont State Legislature. Council grants, programs, and statewide arts promotion would not be possible without the critical funding provided by these government agencies.