For several years, RAMP has hosted quarterly Artists Town Meetings. Artists, artisans and local food growers are all encouraged to attend. The focus of the quarterly meetings is to bring creative people together in order to share ideas and food. "The more we know each other and can identify ourselves as a constituency the more strength and credibility we gain." McBride explains." There is an ever-growing community of working artists and local growers in our midst, all of whom are contributing greatly to the cultural and economic vitality of our communities. One of RAMP's many roles is to be an advocate for these artists. In order to be effective in that role, RAMP creates and participates in opportunities to hear from local artists and assist them in making community connections that benefit us all."
McBride says that RAMP is committed to collaborating and co-hosting four Artists Town Meetings throughout the year. The meetings are informal, and open to all and include a pot luck. One of the items for discussion will be Open Studio Weekend hosted by the VT State Crafts Council, what role are artists and the arts playing in the development of downtown Bellows Falls and how can we support our local growers. The Open Studio weekend offers an excellent opportunity for artists to share their work potential customers and the general public.. Chris Sherwin, Jeanette Staley, Clare Adams and RAMP will be hosting this Artists Town Meeting, Thursday, July 2, 6-8 pm. at 33 Bridge Street in downtown Bellows Falls. The site is wheelchair accessible. Please call RAMP at 802-463-3252 to make arrangements. RAMP thanks The Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sovernet and Chroma and the Windham Fdn for helping to make these meetings possible.
Interested participants are asked to RSVP by e-mailing: email@example.com, with "Artists Town Meeting RSVP" in the subject line, or by calling 802-463-3252 ###