The CreateVT vision describes the Vermont that we love, the Vermont that we believe in, and the Vermont that we will work toward.
The three visions below set the stage for our goals, strategies, and actions. Listed with each are three supporting goals, and with each goal are strategies to achieve that goal.
Recommendations are just that—there are many potential ways to implement this plan. The best approaches and actions will vary with different groups and communities, with time and changing conditions, and with stage of implementation.
Arts, culture and creativity are just as essential to Vermont’s future as roads, bridges and broadband. When we prioritize them as such, we will see a corresponding increase in statewide investment and resources, enabling policies, and education for the creative sector.
Goals & Strategies
goal 1 | RESOURCES
Creative enterprises have equitable access to robust public, private and community funding and resources.
1.1 Expand, develop and diversify accessible public and private funding streams to support the creative sector
1.2 Develop and promote policies and funding programs that ensure equitable access to resources
1.3 Collect, synthesize, and share statewide data on the creative sector and its return on investment
goal 2 | EDUCATION
Educational systems develop creative talent, skills, access to, and appreciation for arts and culture.
2.1 Foster accessible, creativity-infused education programming from early childhood through college and adult education
2.2 Encourage programs that expand creative sector mentorship, career development, certifications or credentials of value, and workforce training
2.3 Promote inclusive professional development and learning opportunities in all creative disciplines
goal 3 | POLICY
State and local policies are designed to equitably support creative enterprises and infrastructure.
3.1 Organize a statewide advocacy team and annual strategy
3.2 Build capacity for advocacy within the creative sector and Vermont Creative Network
3.3 Create a multi-audience communications campaign and toolkit to increase awareness of and support for the creative sector
Creativity is at the center of thriving, healthy, and equitable communities. When we foster local creative enterprises, infrastructure, leadership and collaborations, it pays off in community building, problem solving, vibrancy, livability, and economic benefits.
Goals & Strategies
goal 4 | LOCAL CREATIVITY
Communities are infused with opportunities for creative economic development, expression and engagement.
4.1 Support the development and improvement of accessible venues, facilities, and work spaces for creative programs and enterprises
4.2 Promote creative activities through new and existing funding programs
4.3 Develop resources to build local capacity for creative initiatives
goal 5 | LEADERSHIP
Creatives are engaged in community building and leadership.
5.1 Create trainings and toolkits to support local and regional creative sector advocacy
5.2 Support and promote inclusive access to leadership development and opportunities for creative sector members
5.3 Support the development of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility strategies in Vermont’s creative organizations
goal 6 | COLLABORATIONS
Cross-sector collaborations amplify creativity and local economies.
6.1 Cultivate partnerships and collaborations with other sectors such as transportation, tourism, recreation, and health
6.2 Establish reciprocal outreach partnerships with organizations that reach new audiences and diverse Vermonters
6.3 Promote cross-sector collaborations by sharing resources, successful models, and stories
A strong creative sector means thriving creative people, entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations. We must dismantle inequitable systems, increase access to resources, and promote a diverse creative sector that includes underrepresented groups like people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQIA2S+, new Americans, migrant workers, and people with disabilities.
Goals & Strategies
goal 7 | SUPPORT
Creative people and enterprises have abundant access to the resources they need to succeed.
7.1 Connect creative enterprises to business and technical support resources
7.2 Support statewide advocacy efforts for livability, affordability and accessibility
7.3 Provide COVID-19 recovery assistance and resources and support continuing creative sector disaster resilience
goal 8 | NETWORKS
Vibrant networks support creative people, industries, and communities of practice.
8.1 Define and promote VCN membership and participation to diverse creatives
8.2 Cultivate and support existing networks of support for people who identify with traditionally underrepresented groups
8.3 Expand and publicize creative networking events
8.4 Assess and strengthen accessible, user-friendly communication and networking channels for the creative sector
goal 9 | PROMOTION
Vermont is promoted as a hub for creative talent, experiences and communities.
9.1 Promote creative content and offerings that reflect the diversity of the state and elevate the culture and creativity of traditionally underrepresented groups
9.2 Develop solutions and partnerships to expand market reach of creative sector businesses, in-state and beyond
9.3 Integrate creative offerings into statewide marketing and incentives for tourists, investors, residents and businesses