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The Creative Sector Response and Recovery

Artist and Vermont Arts Exchange Executive Director Matthew Perry’s drawing of a recent VCN Creative Zone meeting.

The creative sector, which provides 9% of Vermont’s jobs, is essential for Vermont’s economic recovery. The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Creative Network are committed to helping the creative sector get connected to the right resources for a safe and responsible re-opening and to having its voices be heard at the state level and with policymakers.

The Creative Sector Recovery Team, convened by the Vermont Creative Network in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, provides guidance to state officials and Governor’s Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force to ensure that the needs and assets of the creative sector are considered and included as they create strategies for the reopening and recovery of Vermont’s economy.


  • Jennifer Carlo, director, Circus Smirkus
  • Thomas Deneberg, director, Shelburne Museum
  • Mark Foley, Rutland Economic Development Corp.
  • Jody Fried, director, Catamount Arts; chair, Vermont Creative Network
  • Jarvis Green, artistic director, JAG Productions
  • Meg Hammond, director, Generator Makerspace
  • Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, director, Vermont Humanities
  • Doreen Kraft, director, Burlington City Arts
  • Karen Mittelman, director, Vermont Arts Council
  • Stephen Perkins, director, Vermont Historical Society
  • Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Elnu Abenaki Tribe; director, Vermont Abenaki Artists Association
  • Greg Worden, owner, Vermont Artisan Designs

Bookmark this page for future events from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Creative Network about how the Vermont arts, culture and creative sector can contribute to and assist in Vermont’s re-opening. For specific Covid-19 resources including emergency relief funding opportunities, click here.

If you're interested in learning about future Creative Sector Response and Recovery events, subscribe here.

Upcoming Events

Safe Outdoor Venues: Thursday, Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom | The Vermont Recreation & Parks Association (VRPA) and the Vermont Arts Council have teamed up with several artists to organize a Zoom meeting on January 21st to discuss the ongoing challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has created, as well as to discuss safe outdoor venues for the summer 2021 season. All artists and performers in Vermont are encouraged to attend.

Learn more and register for the Safe Outdoor Venues meeting.

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Past Events

Vermont's Creative Sector: A Resource Guide for Covid-19 Reopening and Recovery

Reopening guidelines from the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Creative Network and Vermont Creative Sector Response and Recovery Team.