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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
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