Creativity is essential to the cultural and economic vitality of Vermont. In our vision:
- Arts, culture and creativity are essential infrastructure
- Vermont communities thrive through creative expression and enterprise
- Creatives and creative enterprises succeed in a diverse, connected, and collaborative environment
Thank you to all who have submitted feedback since the launch party to help improve the final Action Plan. The public comment period has closed as of May 24, and Vermont Creative Network organizers are now reviewing submitted feedback.
Read VTDigger Commentaries on the CreateVT Action Plan from state leaders:
- Vermont’s creative economy moment is now by Karen Mittelman
- To nurture our creatives, we need a diverse, equitable environment by Shanta Lee Gander
- Vermont’s creative sector is organic fertilizer for all other sectors by Jody Fried
Learn more at our planning hub: createvt.org.
- Vermont’s share of creative economy jobs (9.3% of all employment) is higher than the average across the U.S.
- The majority of those jobs are in design, specialty foods, and visual arts and crafts.
- Nearly 50% of Vermont’s creatives are self-employed or freelance (compared to 40% nationwide).
- The pace of growth in Vermont’s creative sector is lagging (8% growth from 2010 to 2018 vs. 14% nationally).
Community Workshop convened community gatherings and led development of the plan. Artist and organizer Shanta Lee Gander joined the team to complete the plan in 2021. Mt. Auburn Associates and its partners Melissa Levy of Vermont-based Community Roots and Stuart Rosenfeld directed the research portion of this project.
This project is supported by major grants from Jane’s Trust and The Windham Foundation. We are also grateful for support from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the National Life Group Foundation, and the Ruth and Peter Metz Family Foundation.