Category: Vermont Creative Network

Champlain and UVM Students Create New Logo for Vermont Creative Network

Champlain and UVM Students Create New Logo for Vermont Creative Network

Posted: June 12, 2020

The Vermont Creative Network is pleased to announce a new logo created by students from University of Vermont and Champlain College. Every year, UVM’s Community Development and Applied Economics “Applied Community Planning” class works with community partners to support real, grassroots strategic planning efforts across the… Read More
Six-Word Quarantine Stories from the Creative Sector Forum

Six-Word Quarantine Stories from the Creative Sector Forum

Posted: June 5, 2020

At the Creative Sector Response and Recovery Forum on May 11, Council deputy director Amy Cunningham asked participants to share “six-word stories” of their experience since the Covid-19 pandemic began. We selected some of our favorites to share here. Do you have a six-word story about your quarantine… Read More
Just Add Savvy

Just Add Savvy

Posted: January 9, 2020

Makers can't be stopped from making. But sometimes, they hit significant hurdles when imagining building a business. New entrepreneurs can feel lost, or have trouble creating accountability. Marketing know-how and self-assurance might be in short supply. None of this, however, was apparent at the Holiday Humbug event organized through programs at Generator held December 6. Eight artists vending that evening greeted shoppers with newfound confidence. The cohort sold a diverse selection of work including jewelry, hats, clothing, and knives. They had just completed the Business of Art program—a business boot camp organized by Generator, LaunchVT, and the Center for Women and Enterprise with support from the Vermont Arts Council. Read More
A Legacy of Creativity

A Legacy of Creativity

Posted: January 30, 2019

Vermont’s three most northeastern counties, named the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) back in 1949, make up the state’s most rural and least wealthy region. Therefore, perhaps more than any other region, the Kingdom has had to rely on an unusually rich—some might call it quirky—type of ingenuity and craftsmanship within an equally rich natural environment that is treasured and protected. These factors made the perfect backdrop for an influx of well-educated back-to-the-landers in the 1970s. Leaving 9-5 jobs in the cities and migrating to Vermont, they brought communal and environmental values and artisanal skills that matched and built upon those of many of the long-term Vermont residents. All this gave rise to the Kingdom's creative sector. Read More
Building It Better

Building It Better

Posted: September 27, 2018

Leo Vazquez is a leader in creative placemaking and cultural competency — two currently hot fields in urban planning. He has decades of experience in community development and community engagement. He facilitates small groups, fosters local economic development, develops leadership, and publishes strategic communications. He’s the winner of national awards and has written for professional and general-interest publications. A bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and advanced degrees in planning from the University of Southern California have enabled him to navigate shifting personal priorities throughout his career. When asked what inspires him right now, his answer is quick and direct: Read More
Launched From the Basement

Launched From the Basement

Posted: July 18, 2018

Something quiet but significant happened in St. Johnsbury July 9. A group of community leaders, funders, and creatives from a number of economic sectors gathered in the basement of the South Congregational Church. This meeting between a consulting team and advisory committee marked the official launch of the NEK Creative Economy Project. At the end of six months, the team will present a comprehensive plan to move forward the Northeast Kingdom’s creative sector. The actions in the plan will also result in raising community awareness of the power and potential of the creative economy in the NEK. This important work is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Vermont Community Foundation. Read More