Join the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association (VRPA) along with several artists for an online discussion about the ongoing challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has created, including safe outdoor venues for the summer 2021 season.

The meeting will bring together artists and performers from around Vermont to provide introductions and to discuss the following topics:

  • Safe outdoor venues
  • How artists and host facilities are thinking about adapting spring/summer/fall plans for Covid realities
  • What kind of help artists/creatives have wanted and not yet received to help facilitate their work being out in the public
  • A brainstorm of how artists may more easily stay in touch with town Parks & Rec Departments as well as state facilities (or other entities, such as fairgrounds) to hold productive and possibly economically boosting events
  • State of Vermont guidelines for outdoor venues in 2021

  • Introductions - Vermont Arts Council; VRPA; Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD); Vermont Forests, Parks & Recreation; artist representatives
  • Overview of the idea of Safe Outdoor Venues for Arts during the spring/summer/fall 2021 seasons
  • Examples of successful outdoor arts events that happened in 2020
  • ACCD leads discussion and overview of 2020 outdoor event guidelines and regulations, as well as anticipated spring/summer 2021 guidelines
  • Overview of the "Creative Ground" directory for artists
  • Open discussion:
  • What do artists and performers need to connect with the public in 2021?
  • Do you have examples of workable solutions in 2020 that could be tried in more places in 2021?
  • What potential venues have artists been talking with?
  • Future meeting with community leaders & artists
  • Next steps & action items

10-11 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
via Zoom

Accessibility Information:
Closed captioning will be provided.

We invite you to contact us with specific accommodations you need to facilitate your participation in the meeting. We will make every effort to honor your requests made by January 19. Contact Vermont Arts Council’s 504/ADA Coordinator Michele Bailey at