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Notes From Outside the Box
August 2019 
From a hobby to a business. Everything you need to know in nine weeks!
Burgeoning NEK Entrepreneurs Invited for Co.Starters Program
The first goal identified in the VCN's recent Northeast Kingdom Creative Economy study was "strengthening the creative entrepreneurial and business development system." And the first suggestion given under that goal was "develop a Co.Starters program." Evan Carlson and the team at Do North Coworking have done just that. Registration is now open for their fall cohort.
New or aspiring Northeast Kingdom creatives, artisans, makers, or hobbyists who want to transform business ideas into reality are encouraged to participate. Participants will work with experts to
  • prototype and refine products
  • identify customers and develop a marketing message
  • learn accounting and tax best practices
  • determine the best structure for their business
  • define a strategy to scale their business
Co.Starters--a national program to help explore and test ideas to build profitable businesses--will run September 5-October 31, with classes one night a week at 930 Broad St. in downtown Lyndonville. The fee starts at $125, which includes all supplies and a one-month membership to Do North Coworking.
Do North Coworking is a Northern Vermont University-Lyndon economic development initiative that provides space and business services for member entrepreneurs and remote workers, as well as amenities for drop-in users. The Co.Starters program is offered in partnership with LaunchVT, a Burlington-based organization that provides programs and resources for entrepreneurs.
Learn more or sign up here.
Disaster and Resilience Network Launch Meeting: Register Today!
The inaugural meeting of Vermont's Arts and Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN) will be held September 10 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. The lineup features a robust cross section of local and national experts from emergency management, performing arts, visual arts, and collections care.The $10 fee includes lunch; details and registration here.
New Steering Team Member

Colin Bright lives in Northfield, and has joined the Network steering team. He represents AIGA, the professional association for design.
Colin describes himself as an "illustrate-y designer creating in four dimensions" and works remotely for the McBride Company of Manchester Center. He has also run his own business--sometimes solely, and sometimes on the side--for ten years.
Getting involved with the Network was a natural fit. Colin sees that "design's all about creative problem solving and communication; lending that skillset to making our creative landscape more vibrant is an exciting prospect."
Welcome, Colin!
screen shot of Vermont Creative Netwok landing page.
Changing Places   
You may be wondering who is on the Network steering team, what people in the Network are up to, or where the latest events are going on. Maybe you puzzle over why statistics about creative workers matter. These questions can all be answered at
The Creative Network website has been refreshed. It is now part of the renewed Vermont Arts Council site, with its own URL and distinct look and feel. Visit the VCN | Connect page to find out about upcoming events; see VCN | About to discover which creative zone you are in, and see VCN | Resources to learn more about important sector research.
And you can always catch up on Notes From Outside the Box here.
The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which requires a 1:1 match from the Vermont State Legislature. Council grants, programs, and statewide arts promotion would not be possible without the critical funding provided by these government agencies.

Past Editions


August 2019 Co.Starters in Northern Vermont | Disaster and Resilience Network to launch | Colin Bright joins steering team | VCN updates site

July 2019 77Art hosts two Rutland County events | Vermont Community Leadership Summit and Disaster and Resilience Network Launch approaching | Jason Boughton joins steering team | PBS series: American Creators

June 2019 CCX has strong showing in Montpelier | Rutland County Zone to hold first VCN event | Citizen's Institute on Rural Design applications open  | input on creative careers sought

May 2019 Chittenden County first mash-up held | marketing plans to emerge via 3CVT event | Bellows Falls held as example | why writers and poets love Vermont | where artists cluster

April 2019 national study features Network | April events | Creative Community Fellow applications Open | Forbes loves art

March 2019 New Steering Team Member | Feds Support Creatives | Zones Mashing Up | CCX Registration Open

February 2019 Building on a Legacy of Creativity full study and summary available | Beth Miller to serve on steering team | Vermont Public Radio highlights Broad Brook Grange | artists and scientists to explore partnering at Leahy Center Environmental Summit

January 2019 Action Plan complete | NEA grants open | success in small business | Welding Art to Life


December 2018 call for presenters at Leahy Center Environmental Summit (April) | Kimberly Gilbert now zone agent for 3CVT | call for presenters at CCX (June) | Matt Larock’s auto and art work

November 2018 call for CCX presenters | Convening recap and next steps | health care for small businesses | community space in Worcester, Mass.

October 2018 Convening agenda | sector mashup in Burlington | NEFA Idea Swap | change the world with art

September 2018 Network Convening October | “Crash”-inspired event | Radically Rural preview | Animating Infrastructure

August 2018 SolarFest includes VCN workshop | Crash to Creativity set for August 23 | The Top 40 Most Vibrant Arts Communities in America (2018) published | leadership conference October 1

July 2018 NEK Creative Economy Project launch | ACE director shares experience | creativity at Kohler Company

June 2018 3CVT mash-up | Spark incubator space | rural innovation | Creative Network Hits the Road

May 2018 preservation and downtown conference | New Hampshire’s creative economy | Putney event recap | artisan cheeses

April 2018 First Month Overview | Art and Economy Gathering | Legislative Issues

February 2018 Cunningham joins Council staff | NEK Collaborative | Robert McBride hosts interview show | attracting young workers

January 2018 Steering Team redux | leadership announced | Newark, NJ inspires | 3CVT in action


December 2017 task force work set | Creative Ground | VCN Leader Sought | Aesthetic Perspectives

November 2017 Summit recap | networking champion | Eastes to depart | Culture Track study

October 2017 two weeks to Summit | video game as art? | Rooted in Vermont feature

September/October 2017 Summit speakers | AEP5 enumerates creative economy | on “Tales of Two Americas” | TheaterEngine

August 2017 the Summit and policy development | jobs in New England’s creative economy | call for Our Town | investment resources

July 2017 Network First Report | Town Plan Study 2016 | Arts and Economic Prosperity data | “The Urban Crisis” review

June 2017 The Vermont Rural Innovation Hub | next Summit dates November 8 and 9 | USDA grant to Creative Network | AFTA’s pARTnership movement | tax credits to maker and coworking spaces

May 2017 all Zone Teams established | summit in November | town plan study conducted

April 2017 creative community conferences | zone updates | social investing

February 2017 defining the creative sector | climate change and creative solutions | virtual reality in art | professional development

January 2017 researching town plans | funders gathering in March | strategic planning begins | results, process, and relationships at play | review creative zone meeting | the arts in community | national arts funding questions