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Past 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.

In fall 2021 we presented three free webinars to empower and inform Vermont’s creative sector advocates. Recordings and downloadable materials from each session are available below.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2-3 p.m. | Creative Economy Legislation: Updates from Washington. Register.
There are many key creative sector bills currently being considered in Congress: the PLACE Act, CERA, the CREATE Act, PATPA, and AMPA, to name a few.  Join us to  decipher this alphabet soup and to get the latest on federal creative economy priorities. Presenter: Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs & Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

Download the slide deck (PDF).
Download the info sheet, "Federal Creative Economy Legislation" (PDF).






Monday, Nov. 15, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Municipal ARPA Funding & the Creative Economy. Recording available soon. 
The American Rescue Plan includes direct funding to municipalities. Explore the possibilities for how towns may use this funding to strengthen their cultural and creative fabric. Presenter: Katie Buckley, Director of the ARPA Assistance and Coordination Program, Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Download the slide deck (PDF).

*Check out ways to use municipal American Rescue Plan Act funds to empower the creative sector in this flyer from Vermont League of Cities and Towns.







Monday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Vermont’s Creative Sector Advocacy Priorities.
Join us for a discussion of the key statewide advocacy priorities for the creative sector this legislative session. Presenters: Karen Mittelman, Executive Director, Vermont Arts Council; Jody Fried, Vermont Creative Network chair; and Patti Komline, Government and Public Affairs, Downs Rachlin Martin








To read about our key priorities and issues and how to be a creative sector advocate, visit our advocacy center.


In fall 2020, the Vermont Creative Network along with hundreds of Vermont creatives participated in a comprehensive visioning planning process resulting in our first statewide creative sector action plan. We kicked things off with FutureJam on Oct. 6—a daylong visioning event of one-hour time slots for fast-paced 'jam sessions" to describe and shape a vision for Vermont's creative sector. “IdeaJams” continued the conversation throughout the fall in a series of chats about how to strengthen Vermont’s creative zones and disciplines.

On Monday, May 3, 2021 this process culminated in the launch of the draft CreateVT Action Plan. Watch a recording of the launch party. The final plan was launched on August 19, 2021.

Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN) first meeting

Held September 10, 2019. Details here. A partnership of the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, and the Vermont Emergency Management Association, VACDaRN provides resources and training for artists and arts and heritage organizations in how to respond in the event of an emergency to mitigate the impact of disasters and ensure that our communities recover quickly and grow more resilient.


Summits to connect Vermont creatives took place in November 2015 at Vermont College of Fine Arts and in November 2017 at the Vermont State House.


Convenings to connect the Network’s steering and zone leadership teams were held in November 2016 at Montpelier’s City Hall and in October 2018 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.