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The Agile Nonprofit

This program is for nonprofit managers, directors, and board members who want to become more efficient while increasing impact on the communities they serve. Participants learn to match program offerings to capacity. Peers support each other by sharing experience and knowledge when they connect in person and through online forums throughout the year.

  • An annual spring convening allows participants to dive deeply into an issue of shared priority.
  • A winter workshop provides to discuss progress and challenges — creating stronger ties and deeper connections.
  • Social media tools and email keep the network connected for peer-to-peer support in developing management practices.

Spring Convening

The Art of Inclusion

This daylong convening will focus on accessibility, equity, and community inclusion — important concerns for all nonprofits providing programs and services.


Presenters with and without disabilities including artists, leaders from arts and cultural organizations, and representatives from disability service, advocacy, and funding agencies will share professional and personal expertise and experiences. Participants will learn the importance of engaging a broad spectrum of users in integrated settings that provide, equal, effective, and enjoyable arts experiences. They will also explore the ways regulations and standards relate to social inclusion, the arts, compliance, and best practices.

The symposium will expand participants' knowledge, understanding of obligations, and connections to reliable resources. Sessions will introduce creative strategies and steps to:

  • engage people with diverse learning styles, abilities, and interests through the power of the creative process
  • create a physically accessible and welcoming environment to include artists, staff, volunteers, and students
  • enhance the arts experience through effective communication with and for people with vision and/or hearing loss


This symposium is a collaboration of the Arts Council, VSA Vermont, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Vermont Center for Independent Living. It is supported in part by the Christopher Reeve Foundation and Innovations and Collaborations funds from the Vermont Community Foundation through VSA Vermont.


Individual $75; group from one organization $65/person. Deadline extended to March 31.


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We will make every effort to accommodate requests made by March 15, 2017. Questions, including support with registration or viewing accessibility information should be directed to Michele Bailey at 802.828.3294.  Voice and relay calls welcome.