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VCN | About

The 3CVT Zone's all-in gathering.

The Network was established by the Vermont Legislature in May 2016 as an initiative of the Vermont Arts Council. Having established a structure and direction, a large part of the Network's current work is a statewide study of the creative economy.

The result of this project will be a comprehensive, research-­based action plan for moving Vermont’s creative economy forward. This study builds on several years of prior research, partnership-building, and community inquiry, including national research and two regional studies of the creative economy—one of east central Vermont (completed in 2016) and another of the Northeast Kingdom (released in January 2019).

Structure

statewide

the Network Steering Team oversees the efforts.

regional

There are six Creative Zones (find yours):

  1. 3CVT Zone
  2. Addison/Rutland Zone
  3. Chittenden County Zone
  4. Four-County Zone
  5. Northeast Kingdom Zone
  6. Southern Vermont Zone

backbone

The Vermont Arts Council’s facilitates the development of the Network, operates Network convenings, conducts and reports on research on the creative sector, and communicates broadly about progress.

Arts Council staff at work for the Network

Amy Cunningham, network coordinator and Council deputy director
Susan McDowell, content manager

Strategy

The Vermont Creative Network frames its work inside best practices and established models as it advances the creative sector.

Partners

  • Common Good Vermont
  • Downtown Program/Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Regional Development Corporations/Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Vermont Department of Libraries