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Breaking Into Business

Breaking Into Business is a two-day professional development workshop for Vermont artists. The October, 2016 session was for artists established in their own work, but new to the rigors of pursuing public art commissions.

Winning Public Art Commissions

Public art appears in varied forms, sizes, and locations. It includes works from memorials and murals to festivals and landscape architecture. Whether permanent or temporary, the art is often site-specific and created in response to the place or community where it resides.

For two days, Dee Boyle-Clapp and Todd Trebour of the Arts Extension Service brought focus to three important ideas — the business side of public art, understanding concept and fulfilling the proposal, and engaging with a community or audience. Participants gained an understanding of the many types of potential projects and the common language used in discussing options for public art: creative placemaking, site activation, community engagement, and more. Those who completed the two-day course were eligible to prepare a proposal for a public work to be exhibited in the Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden in July, 2017.