TRANSFORMING CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Monday, April 9th 10am-noon – with coffee and snacks starting at 9:30am
Location: Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill Road, Putney, Vermont
Register Online: www.eventbrite.com or www.vermontperformancelab.org/events
The event is free. Next Stage Arts is wheelchair accessible. Please call 802-463-3252 with accessibility questions.
The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) and Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) are convening innovators and leaders who will share ideas illustrating how the arts significantly contribute to the health, economy and vibrancy of Bennington and Windham County communities.
RAMP and VPL are hosting the event in partnership with Next Stage Arts, the Vermont Creative Network, the Vermont Arts Council, New England Foundation for the Arts and the Southern Vermont Economy Project.
“This convening offers an opportunity for community leaders, town managers, planners, creatives, legislators, as well as economic development and arts organizations, to reflect on the cultural and economic significance of the creative economy,” says Robert McBride, Founding Director of RAMP.
“We are excited about this chance to share our stories, our resources in our community, successes and failures, new ideas, and network with each other,” says Sara Coffey, Founder and Director of VPL. “The event will also give town leaders a chance to interact with regional organizations that have capacity and resources to share.”
The meeting will highlight Think Vermont, an initiative of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development as well as representatives from the Vermont Creative Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, Local 64, Next Stage Arts, Windham Regional Commission, The Putnam Block Redevelopment, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Center for Rural Innovation.
Featured topics include creative economy data from Vermont and the New England region, and a panel discussion illustrating how creative projects from around the state are addressing housing, accessibility, civic engagement, education and attracting young professionals and families to the state. A facilitated conversation will center on the question of job creation and the local economy and how can we work together to leverage and promote the creative economy in our Vermont communities and foster more cross-sector collaboration.
ABOUT ROCKINGHAM ARTS AND MUSEUM PROJECT: Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) is committed to integrating the arts in the long-term sustainability of the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support accessibility, affordable housing, artist town meetings, public art initiatives and policy-making. www.ramp-vt.org
ABOUT VERMONT PERFORMANCE LAB: Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) is a laboratory for creative research and community engagement. Since 2006, VPL has brought artists of regional, national and international stature to the grange halls, studios and classrooms of rural Vermont through its innovative artist residency program. Last year VPL’s community and education programs served more than 1,700 students, young professionals, families and seniors in Windham County through workshops, informal performances and art-making experiences. VPL often partners with local organizations to host such residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities. www.vermontperformancelab.org
ABOUT THE VERMONT CREATIVE NETWORK: The Vermont Creative Network is a broad collective of organizations, businesses, and individuals all working to advance Vermont’s creative sector. This initiative was developed by the Vermont Arts Council, designating six zones throughout the state. Windham and Bennington counties represent the southern zone. The network welcomes all creatives and currently benefits from the energies of many people in visual arts and crafts, performing arts, literary arts and publishing, film and media design, culture and heritage, and artisan foods.