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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 9.3% 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 was convened by the Vermont Creative Network in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. The team provided guidance to state officials and Governor’s Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force to ensure that the needs and assets of the creative sector were considered and included in the initial strategies for the reopening and recovery of Vermont’s economy. The Council thanks the following members for their contributions:

  • 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, click here.

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Upcoming Events

Vermont's Creative Future Advocacy Sessions

From federal tax policy to state grant programs to local public art commissions, public policies and government investments play a critical role in the wellbeing of Vermont’s artists, makers, creative businesses, and cultural institutions. We are excited to present three free webinars to empower and inform Vermont’s creative sector advocates. All are welcome to these sessions aimed to help us strengthen the creative sector at the local, state, and federal levels. 

Webinar dates: Nov. 8, 15, and 30.

Learn more and register.


Visit our Advocacy page for updates and our Action Center for specific arts advocacy campaigns you can get involved in.

Past Events