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Notes From Outside the Box | November 2019
Professional Development
Two Programs, Six Opportunities
Big Heavy World, TheaterEngine, and the Vermont Dance Alliance have come together to present a new learning series for artists and creatives. These free workshops focus on key fundamentals for success:
  • digital marketing basics (November 19)
  • how to get press (December 3)
  • where to get funding (December 17)
All workshops take place at Burlington City Arts (135 Church Street).
Following each 8 p.m. session, participants can gather for networking at The Whiskey Room (173 College Street). The mixer is hosted by the Chittenden Zone of the Vermont Creative Network.
Generator JumpSTART Business of Art in partnership with LaunchVT and Center for Womean and Enterprise.
Generator's JUMPSTART Business of Art Program is also offering three free programs in November:
  • Nonprofit Exhibition Model: Curator, Artist, and Grantor (November 6)
  • Artist Panel: the DIY Model (November 13)
  • Finances for Artists (November 20)
All workshops take place at the Generator, 40 Sears Lane, Burlington.
More about the JUMPSTART Program for artist entrepreneurs, sponsored in part by the Vermont Arts Council.
Surveying the Music Sector   
Photo by Taylor L. Cook.
Calling all musicians,
concert venue owners, and businesses supporting music in Vermont . . .
Big Heavy World is gathering information about Vermont's music sector.
The collected data will supplement the statewide creative economy survey hosted by the Vermont Creative Network. (And, a huge thanks to everyone who completed that survey, by the way; we had a great response!) Understanding the current challenges and opportunities in the music sector will help Big Heavy World, the Vermont Creative Network, and ultimately the legislature and other stakeholders learn and act on community and economic development priorities that will strengthen music industries in Vermont.
James Lockridge, executive director of Big Heavy World, said, "With input from individuals all over Vermont, this project will bring a better understanding to the work of improving our music economy. It's also a demonstration of the power of our music community when it works together to face challenges and discover opportunities."
Inside the Creative Economy 
Thriving in Central Vermont
Culmination, a new sculpture by Sean Williams, stands in a newly constructed pedestrian walkway in Barre. The granite piece honors the stonecutters who shaped the culture of the city beginning in the late 1800s. The site lies next to a building the owners of the Vermont Salumi Company are refurbishing to hold their relocating business.
All this activity indicates the creative economy is alive and well--as it always has been--in the self-proclaimed granite capital of the world. Specialty food production, historic sites, artist studios, and other markers of a heritage based in granite quarrying take their place next to a quarter mile auto racetrack and acclaimed mountain bike trails. This video by the Barre Area Development Corporation highlights the community's richness and their embrace of creative enterprise.
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


November 2019  professional development opportunities | surveying music sector | creative economy in Barre

October 2019 creative landscape survey | upcoming NEK zone mixer | Monica Callan is zone agent | Vermont Violins featured 

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