Vermont Arts Council

Local Input. State Focus. National Impact.

Shape the emerging Vermont Creative Network. Attend the inaugural Vermont Creative Network Summit November 4 and 5.

The Summit—hosted by the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont College of Fine Arts—brings together diverse voices: practitioners, educators, administrators, advocates, business owners, and volunteers.

This convening offers colleagues a hands-on opportunity to network, learn from experts, and share practical insights. Participants will discuss ideas, exchange strategies, and share developments targeted toward the enhancement of Vermont’s creative sector.


Day One Plenary: Creativity and the Vermont Brand

We are delighted to welcome four key Vermont’s media leaders to the stage for a friendly exploration of Vermont’s creative assets, of their role in the state and in our communities, and of opportunities going forward to strengthen the Vermont brand. Moderated by Pamela Polston, the conversation will bring a focus to the value of creativity, culture, and innovation—all remarkable resources in Vermont. Holly Groschner, Vermont PBS; Megan Smith, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing; Robin Turnau, Vermont Public Radio.

Day Two Plenary: Keynote address, Hal Colston


Hal Colston, named 2014 Vermonter of the Year by the Burlington Free Press, currently serves as director of the Partnership for Change, a collaboration between the Burlington and Winooski school districts. The mission of the Partnership is to re-imagine public education to better prepare students from diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds to succeed in school, in their careers, and as members of their communities. Previously, Hal was a restaurant chef and creator of Good News Garage, an organization that tackles the pernicious issue of reliable transportation by awarding working cars to those in need.

20 Workshops, Pre-session Conversations, Community Story Line

Complete schedule and summit description

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