Vermont Community Foundation Continues Support Collective Impact Work at the Vermont Creative Network

Thank you to Zon Eastes, Vermont Arts Council, for sharing: Vermont Arts Council
Last week, the Vermont Arts Council received word from the Vermont Community Foundation that the Network has earned a continuation grant of $10,000 in support of its collective impact work. The Vermont Creative Network is a broad collective of organizations, businesses, and individuals — all sharing a goal to advance Vermont’s creative sector. The Network, established by the Vermont Legislature in May 2016, is an initiative of the Vermont Arts Council. Read the Vermont Creative Netowork’s research report on the creative sector.

 

The Network’s guiding statement: Vermont’s creative sector advances positive quality of life and economic outcomes. These outcomes are well represented in the Council’s work with the Vermonter Poll:

We know that: 

  1. 85% of Vermonters agree that the arts are an important part of their community
  2. 94% of Vermonters agree that the arts should be integrated into K-12 schools
  3. 76% of Vermont households engage in some art activity at least several times per year, 61% at least once per month

Read the full results. 

The Network’s proposal was one of three in this funding cycle to receive a second-year award. The award notice praised work to date: “Your project represents the very best of innovative nonprofit work in Vermont. We are proud to continue support of your work, and that of your colleagues with this award.” Grant monies will be used to fund strategic planning and creative zone development.

The Vermont Creative Network is grateful for this important endorsement from the Vermont Community Foundation.

Learn more about the Vermont Arts Council.

The Council’s mission is to advance and preserve the arts at the center of Vermont communities. Since 1965, the Vermont Arts Council has been the state’s primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. The Vermont Arts Council is unique. It is the only designated state arts agency in the U.S. that is also an independent, nonprofit membership organization.

Three initiatives established during the Council’s fiftieth yearshape our current work: implementing a five-year plan for integrating the arts into the education of every Vermont child, establishing the Vermont Creative Network, and marketing the arts in Vermont.

We envision a Vermont where everyone in the state has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community. Through its programs and services, the Council strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to maximize opportunities for everyone to experience the arts.

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