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at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier

The Summit will be held at the Vermont College of Fine Arts at 36 College St in Montpelier, VT. This historic campus offers 19th-century buildings surrounding a beautiful campus green, on a hill overlooking Montpelier. Downtown Montpelier is located just blocks away from the VCFA campus and Summit attendees can choose to park on campus and walk down the hill to Main Street, avoiding the issue of locating parking in the Capital city.

The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont College of Fine Arts are so pleased to be collaborating on this inaugural Vermont Creative Network Summit and look forward to serving as your hosts on November 4 and 5 in Montpelier. Over these two days, we will explore many of the modes of creativity at play in Vermont as we discuss how creatives and their economies can thrive now and into the future.

– Alex Aldrich, Executive Director, Vermont Arts Council
– Thomas Christopher Greene, President, Vermont College of Fine Arts


This inaugural Vermont Creative Network Summit brings together the many diverse voices of Vermont’s creative sector: practitioners, educators, administrators, advocates, business owners, volunteers. The Vermont Creative Network Summit is hosted by the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Over two days, this convening brings colleagues from the entire creative sector together for a hands-on opportunity to network, learn from experts, and share practical insights.

Summit attendees will discuss ideas, exchange strategies, and share developments targeted toward the enhancement of Vermont’s general well-being and creative community.

Take some time to read about the Strategic Plan that we are developing to launch this Network in 2016. Join the team!



Holly Groschner
Pamela Polston
Robin Turnau
Megan Smith

We are delighted to welcome four key Vermont’s media leaders to the stage for a friendly exploration of Vermont’s creative assets, of their role in the state and in our communities, and of opportunities going forward to strengthen the Vermont brand. Moderated by Pamela Polston, the conversation will bring a focus to the value of creativity, culture, and innovation—all remarkable resources in Vermont.



Hal Colston, named 2014 Vermonter of the Year by the Burlington Free Press, currently serves as director of the Partnership for Change, a collaboration between the Burlington and Winooski school districts. The mission of the Partnership is to re-imagine public education to better prepare students from diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds to succeed in school, in their careers, and as members of their communities. Previously, Hal was a restaurant chef and creator of Good News Garage, an organization that tackles the pernicious issue of reliable transportation by awarding working cars to those in need.


Advancing Vermont’s Creative Sector
Vermont’s creative community is validated by how many creative artists comprise it. This variety is its hallmark: Unique personalities, modes of expression, grouping of talents, models for organizing institutions that champion the arts, all together demonstrate its vitality and strength. Our creative community also recognizes common needs. Alliance building and an exploration of these shared needs is occurring within the Vermont Creative Network. This panel provides a practical overview of the landscape in which individuals and organizations are seeking to advance creativity in Vermont. Panelists discuss challenges and offer solutions that create a new level of opportunity for everyone. Matt Dunne, Marguerite Dibble, Genese Grill, James Lockridge, Tom Stevens

Building Creative Independence in Vermont: Shared Spaces and the Future of Work
Over the last several years more and more Vermonters are becoming a part of shared workspaces – makerspaces, co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators. Let’s explore the big picture – the attraction of these spaces, why they are more and more relevant to Vermont communities, what they imply for the future of Vermont’s creative workforce – and practical details including the trials of getting them off the ground and what makes them work. Missa Aloisi, Mark Browning, Tad Cooke, and Lars Hasselblad Torres

Collaborative Design for Social Impact
Collaboration is a hot topic in the world of social impact. The recent veneration of design and design thinking as powerful tools to address complex social problems often reinforces problematic distinctions between those doing the design and those being designed for. We are learning that “solutions” that involve deep participation of those most affected will change underlying issues. In this session, we’ll share stories of what’s worked (and what hasn’t) when it comes to collaboration. How have we attempted to avoid the dreaded “design by committee?” What techniques, resources, and processes have we used, and what were the outcomes for the communities we were working with? Una Lee

Collective Impact: Lessons learned from Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network
The Farm to Plate Network is a self-governed collaborative of over 350 organizations working together to strengthen Vermont’s food system and reach the goals of the statewide food system plan. The Network has been using Kania and Kramer’s Collective Impact (CI) approach for the past four years. This session will provide an overview of the CI framework and how it is being used to coordinate food system activity. The session will include opportunity for discussion about CI and how the Vermont Creative Network might utilize this approach to advance its work. Erica Campbell

Co-Teaching to Integrate the Arts
A team of faculty (classroom teachers and arts specialists) along with administrators from the Integrated Arts Academy will highlight our journey in the creation of our school wide integrated arts co-teaching blocks—development over the past 4 years, the twists and turns along the way, and share planning templates, rubrics, assessments, and documentation of this model. These co-teaching blocks integrate the four art forms, visual art, music, drama, and dance with all of our students in classrooms grades 2-5. Art Specialists and classroom teachers collaborate to create this passionate way of learning through the arts. We will also highlight how this model has positively influenced our school. Judy Klima, Ada Leaphart, Mike Gerstenmaer, Bobby Riley

The Creative Economy at Work in Western Massachusetts
A member of the Massachusetts’ Creative Economy Initiative, the Pioneer Valley Creative Economy Network is a collaboration of art, business, university, economic development, city and community partners working to connect and expand opportunities for artists and creative businesses in the three counties of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. We host monthly Plug-In network events for artists and creative business workers; conduct and share research; amplify professional development opportunities; co-create and host an annual Creative Economy Summit. Each partner represents their own constituencies, yet together reaches and connects thousands of artists and creative businesses.Dee Boyle-Clapp

Creative Mentorships in Real Time: Youth Speak The Vermont legislature recently passed Act 77, paving the way for personalized learning plans and flexible pathways to learning. Meet Vermont high school students piloting and pioneering authentic creative internships, exhibitions of learning, and independent studies from different high schools challenging traditional modes of learning. Big Picture School at South Burlington High School , Cabot School, iLab at Winooski High School, SOAR Program at Montpelier High School

Data + Stories = Impact
Have you had to represent your organization to your board, a donor, or members of your community recently? In high stakes conversations it can be difficult to decide which talking points to include. A narrow focus on numbers can lead to forgettable meetings or sleepy audiences, while a great story alone may lack the credibility to convince key stakeholders. In this session we will: discuss the importance of using data and stories together, look at examples of effective casemaking, walk through a step-by-step process for crafting a case, practice these skills in a hands on workshop using CDP Analytic reports. Joanna Wilkinson

Designing and Adopting National Core Arts Standards
This presentation will explain the grassroots, collective process that the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards used to create the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS). The process took three years and involved ten national organizations and thousands of arts educators from five arts disciplines across the country. It will explain how the previous arts standards in 1994 were developed in silos, and how the new core arts standards allow the five arts disciplines to honor their individuality, while also working together collectively. It will also address how other states have worked to adopt NCAS and address Vermont’s relationship with NCAS. Chris Case, Erika Lowe

Financing: Creative Approaches
Come learn how these creative enterprises got their projects off the ground by using non-traditional funding streams and innovative financing strategies. Financing strategies and options used by Sugar Snap Catering, DesignBook, and Cardboard Teck Institute will be explored in an open-sourced, fishbowl format. Abbey Duke, Christa Ferrari, Ben T. Matchstick, Liz Ruffa

Five Best Ideas to Ignite Your Organization
High performing organizations have the greatest community impact. Common Good Vermont will present five of the best ideas for building the capacity of your organization to operate at its highest and best. Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Sara Katz, John Killacky, Doreen Kraft

Fostering a Growth-Mindset for Creativity
How can educators create an environment that fosters a growth mindset and leads to creativity? This session will provide a short refresher on the fundamentals of developing a growth mindset and how that development is vitally connected to creativity. The session will provide dynamic, interactive explanation of the work, take-away activities to utilize in your educational setting, and pose essential questions for further consideration. Mike Martin, Mike McRaith

Making Noise: Music, Messaging, and Community
When community members gather to identify issues and build solutions, artist-inspired approaches offer perspective, strength and sustenance for their journey. Music as a strategic communications tool also helps communities tell their stories, connect with key constituents and galvanize action. Through facilitated exchange with Vermont-based artists, video and live music, participants learn about the power of music—historically and currently—to raise awareness, connect diverse communities and spark engagement. Participants understand how music and creative media might be applied in their own promotional, cross-sector and community building activities. Myra Flynn, Chad Hollister, Katie Trautz, Elizabeth Stookey Sunde

Pathways to Partnership: How Organizations Share Resources to Support Inclusive Teaching with UDL and Arts Integration
Participants will learn how a partnership in Vermont, made up of multiple arts organizations, a public school and an independent school, shares resources in arts integration and Universal Design for Learning to increase student engagement. There will be time for participants to brainstorm partnership possibilities in their home communities. Topics covered will include collective impact, classroom applications, planning processes, pitfalls, and successes. Judith Chalmer, Lisa Condino, Kim Desjardins, Sandra Limoge, Erika Lowe, Stacy Raphael

Presenting the Evolution and Ethos with the Champlain College Sandbox Team
With the mission of exploring emergent technologies and executing complex projects, Champlain College’s undergraduates, MFA in Emergent Media, and the EMC faculty and staff have built a team structure that breaks traditional educational structures to allow deep collaboration across disciplines. The goal is innovation through and iteration of unique ideas into tangible experiences that push the boundaries of art, innovation and design. Working within the unique facilities of Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center and MakerLab recent projects include: Icarus—a virtual environment navigated with physical wings; Pixel Cloud—a physical cloud that responds to the emotional content of the tweets sent to it.John Banks, Terry Sehr

Results Based Accountability for Program Performance
Measurement practices don’t just track data; done well, metrics can be a powerful tool to catalyze and guide collective action to create positive change. This out-of-your-chair workshop will begin with a brief introduction to Results-Based Accountability (RBA) as a user-friendly tool for measuring and building the community well-being. Participants will engage in creating performance metrics in a hands-on experience. The group will debrief and discuss challenges of developing a workplace culture of learning and accountability. Participants will receive links to RBA resources that will reinforce the learning and enable them to apply RBA concepts, including the performance metric creation exercise. Hilary Boone

Sharing Strategies for Successful Social Practice Projects
Social practice projects strengthen community while making the visual arts a part of everyday life. This session will detail how some of our successful past project came to be—including defining how all stakeholders benefit from participation, strategies to create the necessary funding, and ways to initiate partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and local government. Adam Blue

Social Media Myth Busters: “I Don’t Have Time and It’s Too Expensive”
We’re not going to give you the “Eight-Minute Abs” infomercial on social media, but we kind of are…..
No matter how big or small an organization, social media can often fall to the wayside. There’s so many excuses: No ROI, I have no time, video and graphics are too expensive…. our intern left with the passwords….We’re here to help you with conversations on strategy as well as tools and tips to maximize your story-telling and improve your quality of life spent on social. Luke Stafford, Jen Williams

Village Greens and Creative Placemaking
Vermont’s village greens are the physical, historic, and cultural heart of many communities—welcoming concerts, fairs, festivals, and farmers markets. Integral to the Vermont way of life, village greens anchor and strengthen our communities, and make them more attractive places to live and work. Some of Vermont’s 148 village greens have suffered from deferred maintenance, poor preservation, and lack of investment. A new partnership is working to document, showcase, and revitalize these shared public spaces. Creative placemaking plays an important role in creating healthy, vibrant communities and sends strong messages about community values and public space. Do you have ideas that could help communities re-invigorate these important community gathering spaces through creative placemaking? Participants in this focus group discussion will share their ideas, identify potential partners, and create action steps with session leaders. Richard Amore, Michele Bailey, Judi Kamien.

Missa Aloisi is a practicing architect in Burlington. Her interest in design stems from an on-going quest to understand and achieve true sustainability. Missa is actively pursuing public interest design, in which design is driven by the community. This process is human-centered and participatory in order to improve the quality of life for all people. Missa believes that the most inspirational designs are cultivated from the connections between communities, environment, culture and place. Missa started her own practice in 2013 and opened Hinge in 2014. Hinge is not only an architectural practice open to the public but it is also a coworking space dedicated to design professionals. Hinge coworking is oriented towards design professionals who seek to collaborate and share resources in order to network with other like-minded designers, while lessening the financial burdens that come with up-to-date technology and typical large-firm amenities. Building Creative Independence in Vermont:Shared Spaces and the Future of Work

Richard Amore, community planner and urban designer working for Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, serves as Planning Coordinator for Division of Community Planning and Revitalization and he manages the Village Center Designation Program, where he provides Vermont villages with technical assistance and funding for economic investment and community revitalization. He leads the Vermont Village Greens Initiative, working on statewide land use policy and leading the division’s communication and outreach efforts. Richard is an AICP certified planner, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and sits on the executive board of the Vermont Chapter of ASLA and the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council.

Michele Bailey has worked at the Vermont Arts Council for more than 25 years and is now Senior Program Director at the Vermont Arts Council. She oversees these programs: Art in State Buildings, Cultural Facilities Grants, and Animating Infrastructure, and serves as the Council’s 504/ADA coordinator. When time allows, she participates in local community theater. Vermont Village Greens and Public Art

John Banks is Program Director of the MFA in Emergent Media, and Associate Professor in the Division of Communication & Creative Media. He has worked with digital tools since the early 1980s when he co-founded the computer graphics firm Rising Star Graphics. A strong believer in maintaining professional practice, John has released four DVD and Blu-ray compilations of his work. Walt Disney distributed the most recent work, WOW World of Wonder. Investigating and innovating with the Champlain College Sandbox Team

Ellen “LN” Bethea is the Artist Coordinator for the Silo Sister Committee and a Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) Director. She holds a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts, has a fifteen year career performing on stage, film and television, is the co-founder of Poetry People; volunteer, Cambridge Music Festival; and volunteer, Varnum Memorial Library. Ellen has also spearheaded a number of projects; Youth Tent for Cambridge Festival of the Arts, CAC floats for July 4 parade and Poetry People. Community Story Line

Adam Blue is Education Director at AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH; is Art Editor of The Whitefish Review, a nationally acclaimed literary and arts journal; and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. He has written and illustrated seven books. Strategies for Successful Social Practice Projects

Hillary Boone is Organizational Development Specialist at the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College. She has trained and coached organizations across New England in Results-Based Accountability (RBA) and teaches Outcomes and Evaluation for Learning Organizations at the Marlboro College Graduate School. She is a member of the Vermont Accountability Group steering committee. Hillary is a stand-up comedian. She serves on the Milton Mentor Advisory Committee and the Divas Do Good initiative. Results Based Accountability for Program Performance

Dee Boyle-Clapp leads training programs in a variety of arts management topics for state arts agencies, teaches in Arts Extension Service’s (AES) arts management degree and certificate programs, and conducts AES research projects. She is a sculptor, installation artist and has over 25 years of experience in the arts, teaching a variety of studio, art history and arts management. The Creative Economy at Work in Massachusetts

Erica Campbell is the Farm to Plate Network Director based at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF). VSJF serves as the backbone organization for the Farm to Plate Network, which is responsible for collectively implementing the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Erica has worked across many sectors, and is passionate about the role networks and collaboration can play in bringing about large scale social and cultural change. Collective Impact: Lessons Learned from Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network

Chris Case is an Education Project Manager at the Vermont Agency of Education. Prior to working for the state, he was an art teacher, a youth program director, a federal education consultant, and an administrator for an education non-profit specializing in community organization. Chris’s current state work is largely tied to proficiency-based learning. He’s also a practicing illustrator. Designing and Adopting National Core Arts Standards

Judith Chalmer recently celebrated her tenth anniversary as Executive Director of VSA Vermont. Some of her recent learning has included Universal Design for Learning, Results Based Accountability, Facilitative Leadership and the joy of daily listening and collaborating. She is delighted that VSA Vermont, which uses the magic of the arts to engage the capabilities and enhance the confidence of children and adults with disabilities, is devoted to accountability and also has the word magic in its mission statement. Pathways to Partnership

Kim Desjardins has been an educator in diverse settings for 14 years. She earned her B.S. in art education from UVM in 2001. She then taught elementary art in Maine where she was nominated for Maine Art Teacher of the Year in 2008. Her artistic interests are broad but most include clay and craft, abstract pattern drawings and print-making. She recently participated in the Arts Connect course in art integration and Universal Design for Learning. She is currently a Vermont Arts Council teaching artist throughout Northern Vermont. She is also the art teacher at Hiawatha Elementary in Essex Vermont. Kim teaches with the core belief that all people can learn through art, and that art has something for everybody. Pathways to Partnership

Lisa Condino holds a BFA and a Certificate in Art Therapy. She has twenty years of experience as a teaching artist designing and implementing programs in a variety of settings. She joined VSAVermont’s Start With The Arts program in 2011 and has been teaching in VSA Vermont’s K-8 program at the Baird School for the past two years. She is also a graduate of VSA Vermont’s graduate level Arts Connect course in arts integration and Universal Design for Learning. Lisa is a trained Open Studio Project Facilitator and teaches workshops for MiddCORE at Middlebury College. She will talk about her work at a specialized school for children with behavioral challenges. Pathways to Partnership

Marguerite Dibble is the CEO of GameTheory, a Vermont based company developing mobile apps and games, which also provides consulting services to a variety of companies, helping them using game design thinking to approach motivational, organizational, and engagement challenges with their businesses. She is a Vermont native, and attended Champlain College to study Game Art in the class of 2012. Marguerite continues to focus on building the creative and technology economies of Vermont with an emphasis collaboration making the possibilities for the state’s future a reality. Advancing Vermont’s Creative Sector

Abbey Duke opened Sugarsnap Catering in 2003. Over the past 10 years, Sugarsnap has grown into a multi-channel food business that includes: a large food and bar catering operation, 2 cafes and a 3-acre farm. Abbey’s specialties are small scale farming, food business creation, cooking and food processing, growing a small business. Since opening in 2003, Sugarsnap has averaged 20% growth each year.Financing: Creative Approaches

Christa Ferrari wants to provide solutions to socially and environmentally responsible companies. Christa’s passions are startups, cooking, hiking, animal welfare, science & technology, alternative medicine, and environmental sustainability. She is a principal at Creative Approaches

Singer/songwriter Myra Flynn spent her Vermont childhood clad in leopard print and platform shoes. Half Irish and half African American, her original indie/soul songs blend soulful vocals with a lyrical delivery that doesn’t let one get too comfortable. Flynn lives a bi-costal life, still holding onto her Vermont roots while working and living part-time in Los Angeles. She has toured the United States countless times as well as Wales, London, Ireland and most frequently, Australia. She is working on her fourth album. Making Noise: Music, Messaging, and Community

Miguel Andrew Harris began playing music at age five. He is a self-taught, self-managed, and self-produced musician with 14 years of experience. He also performs at many Central Vermont venues: Bagitos, Sweet Melissa’s, The Black Door, and half time shows at local events, also preformed as a DJ for Winter Ball. He played as the upright Jazz basest for 18 months with the Spaulding Jazz Ensemble. Mike plays guitar, piano, bass, and drums. He also performs rap and beat-boxing. He prefers freestyle music and has a life-time goal to become a world class musician playing in front of stadiums full of people!

Chad Hollister leads the Chad Hollister Band, which hails from Vermont. The band has evolved and toured the country for over 20 years. Chad has opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Tom Petty, and has shared the stage with every PHISH member. Chad has released four official recordings and number five is in the works. Making Noise: Music, Messaging, and Community

Sara Katz has been the assistant director for Burlington City Arts since 2008. She began working with the organization in 1999 to provide administrative support for a capital campaign that transformed an old firehouse into a five floor art center. Since then, the organization has grown from a small five person staff to a staff of twenty. As BCA has evolved, Sara has taken on numerous roles, always with a special interest in the intersection of the arts, social issues, and public space. She has played a key part in developing programming for the BCA Center, managing several Art in Public Places projects, booking and promoting BCA’s Free Concert Series in Battery Park, and overseeing BCA’s diverse contemporary exhibitions program. Most recently she played a lead staff role engaging the public through the arts for Imagine City Hall Park, BCA’s 2011 Our Town funded project culminating in a new master plan for Burlington’s City Hall Park; and is now collaborating with the City of Burlington’s Planning and Zoning office to procure artist projects for PlanBTV South End, a 2014 Our Town funded project. With a continuous hands-on relationship to programming, strategic planning and budget management, Sara is BCA’s primary grant writer. She received her BS in Fine Art from Skidmore College and is also an active artist. Five Best Ideas to Ignite Your Organization

John Killacky is Executive Director of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, is on the Board of Vermont Business Roundtable and is also on the Advisory Committee for Vermont Tax Department. Previous positions include program officer for Arts and Culture at the San Francisco Foundation, executive director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and curator of performing arts for Walker Art Center. Mr. Killacky has served as a panelist, lecturer, and consultant for a broad range of arts and funding organizations. He has written numerous publications on the arts, and written and directed several award winning short films and videos. He most recently produced and co-directed “Janis Ian: Live From Grand Center” broadcast on PBS. Five Best Ideas to Ignite Your Organization

Judy Klima is a certified art educator and has been teaching students in kindergarten through grade 12 for the past twenty years. For the past six years Judy has been the integrated arts coach at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington. Co-Teaching to Integrate the Arts

Doreen Kraft was one of the founding volunteers of BCA at its inception in 1981, and has since played a significant role, both as a board member and as executive director, in shepherding the organization through monumental growth in programs, staff and operating budget. Doreen’s accomplishments at BCA include the renovation and restoration of the historic Ethan Allen Firehouse into a five floor arts center, the development of the BCA Center as one of the few contemporary art showcases in Vermont, and the establishment the Art in Public Places program for the City of Burlington. Through her leadership, the City of Burlington garnered two “Our Town” Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, developing a master plan for City Hall Park and an arts engagement process for Plan BTV South End. An artist herself, Doreen has produced, directed and animated several films, including social documentaries in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Haiti, including the award winning animation “Black Dawn”. Five Best Ideas to Ignite Your Organization

Una Lee operates And Also Too, which activates the collective genius of our communities to co-design tools that help us tell stories, advance rights, and build better futures. Her participatory projects have contributed to positive and significant shifts in awareness, funding, and legislation in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Collaborative Design for Social Impact

Sandra Limoge, M.Ed., Educational Director of Baird School in Burlington, Vermont, has been an educational administrator, special educator and classroom teacher for over 30 years. Throughout her career she has focused on students who need the most assistance: helping them to experience success and the joy of learning. Sandra is also the proud parent of two teenaged boys, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Pathways to Partnership

James Lockridge is the Executive Director of Big Heavy World. He has directed Vermont’s Burlington-based independent, volunteer-staffed music office for 20 years, generating partnerships and channeling enthusiasm that supports Vermont-made music of every kind & stage of development. James has championed inclusion and respect for diversity, and built a widely recognized engine of support for regional music based on these values. James is a cultural heritage advisory board member of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (Vermont’s National Heritage Area) and serves on the King Street Neighborhood Revitalization Corp. He also directs the Youth Safety Council of Vermont and coordinates the Distracted Driving Task Force of the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance and its Education/Outreach & Marketing Focus Group. Advancing Vermont’s Creative Sector

Erika Lowe is Arts Education Programs Manager at the Vermont Arts Council. IN this capacity, she works with the Agency of Education to advocate for and increase student learning in, about, and through the arts. She is responsible for implementing the Council’s arts education efforts, coordinating the Vermont Poetry Out Loud program and Head Start Art Partnership, administering grants, and managing the Council’s teaching artist roster. She previously worked as an educator in K-12 private and public education for 13 years, including a Community Based Learning Fellowship through the Partnership for Change. Designing and Adopting National Core Arts Standards

Justin Marsh is Grant Coordinator for the Silo Sister Committee and is Community Liaison responsible for project communication. He is involved in several local organizations, including roles as Chair, Cambridge Conservation Commission; Chair, Cambridge Artists and Entrepreneurs; Director, Cambridge Historical Society; Treasurer, Cambridge 360; Member, Varnum Memorial Library’s Crescendo Club Library Association; Founder and co-organizer, Cambridge Music Festival; Director, Cambridge Arts Council. Community Story Line

Mike Martin is the Director of Curriculum and Technology for Montpelier Public Schools. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Vermont’s Ed Leadership and Policy Studies program and a Vermont Public Radio commentator on issues of culture and education. He received a Rowland Fellowship in 2009 and now works for the Foundation as a Senior Associate. His work focuses on learner identity, technology, and school transformation. Fostering a Growth-Mindset for Creativity

Mike McRaith is the principal of Montpelier High School. He is a 2013 Rowland Fellow with a research interest and expertise dedicated to increasing student achievement through social emotional learning. He offers online continuing educational courses to teachers around the state in partnership with Castleton University and routinely presents on related themes for schools’ professional learning sessions. Fostering a Growth-Mindset for Creativity

After more than 20 years as a journalist, including 12 years as the arts editor of the Brattleboro Reformer, Jon Potter was hired in June 2014 to be executive director of the non-profit Latchis Arts and the for-profit Latchis Corporation, the two organizations responsible for preserving the historic art deco downtown Brattleboro theater and hotel and for making sure it remains a vital cultural hub and thriving member of the business community.Community Conversations

Stacy Raphael is the Associate Director of School Programs at the Flynn and the director of the Words Come Alive arts integration professional development program. Stacy has been a teaching artist, theater producer and director, and arts administrator in Chicago, Seattle, Maine and Vermont. Before taking over school programs at the Flynn, Stacy directed arts education programs at the Vermont Arts Council, overseeing programs, grants and services to schools and nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state. She has a Master of Arts in Education and is interested in social justice education, aesthetic education, technology integration and equity, access and excellence for all learners. Pathways to Partnership

Sarah Rutherford is a graduate of the University of Vermont and has spent residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. A Boston native, now living in Rochester, NY, she has completed over 30 large scale mural projects, using a variety of mediums. Her most well-known Vermont work is that at the Living/Learning Center in Burlington. She has murals at the Highland Hospital and her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine. Community Story Line

Terrence Sehr is a student in the MFA in Emergent Media program at Champlain College in Burlington. He is interested in generative and data-driven art, sculpture, and the maker movement. Terrence holds a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Vermont, as well as a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union, NYC. Investigating and innovating with the Champlain College Sandbox Team

Luke Stafford is the founder and chief of Mondo Mediaworks, a Brattleboro-based digital marketing agency specializing in lodging, tourism and hospitality. Mondo’s services include website development, social media marketing, public relations, email marketing, video production, search engine optimization, and digital marketing campaigns. Social Media Myth Busters: “I Don’t Have Time and It’s Too Expensive”

Tom Stevens is a writer, photographer, actor & director. He is currently a state representative for the towns of Waterbury, Huntington, Bolton, and Buels Gore and is a member of the Arts Caucus. As an artist and a legislator, Tom is interested in finding solutions within the tension between STEM and STEAM, and with the application of the concept of the Creative Economy to communities that wish to revitalize. Tom conceived and produced “Going to Waterbury: An Elegy,” a multimedia art installation at the Vermont State Hospital prior to its removal from the State Complex in Waterbury. He lives in Waterbury Village with his family. Advancing Vermont’s Creative Sector

As the daughter of legendary folksinger and activist, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), Liz Stookey Sunde witnessed the profound capacity of music to enlighten audiences and drive action. This perspective fuels her work as a change agent. Liz has helped nonprofit organizations develop creative solutions to their communications, organizational, and fundraising challenges. She is the Founding Director of Music2Life (, showing advocacy groups new ways to use music as a strategic communications tool. Making Noise: Music, Messaging, and Community

Lars Hasselblad Torres is an artist, educator and technology enthusiast. He serves as the director of Generator, Burlington’s member-powered gigabit makerspace. Before joining the Generator team he ran Vermont’s Office of the Creative Economy. Prior to that he developed the MIT Global Challenge, a platform to engage the world-wide community of student, faculty and staff in developing innovative solutions to public service challenges. Formerly the director of the Democracy Lab for Innovation and Research, Lars is also a founding faculty member of the Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts. He lives with his family in Montpelier. Building Creative Independence in Vermont:Shared Spaces and the Future of Work

Katie Trautz, a native Vermont fiddler, has toured nationally and internationally sharing traditional music and original folk songs. She has released numerous albums in the past three years and plays fiddle, guitar and banjo crossing genres with numerous ensembles. She has studied with some of the greatest fiddle players in the US including Dirk Powell, Pete Sutherland, James Bryan, Jimmy Tripplett, Charlie Walden and Bruce Molsky. Katie is also the co-founder and director of the non-profit folk music school ‘The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture’ based in Montpelier. Making Noise: Music, Messaging, and Community

Joanna Wilkinson joined the Cultural Data Project in 2010. As Senior Finance and Education associate, she works with the Education team, to create and deliver trainings, and craft other educational materials with the goal of helping all CDP stakeholders find value in data and financial accuracy. An educator by avocation, Joanna delights in teaching arts and cultural professionals the value of financial best practices and the important role boards and managers play in an organization’s financial health. Data + Stories = Impact

Jennifer Williams is an artist, outdoorswoman, active traveler and professionally, a communications consultant specializing in these passions. She currently assists the Vermont Arts Council and Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce on various communications projects. She has the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, Ski Vermont and Saint Michael’s College to thank for more than a decade of honing skills in her home state. Social Media Myth Busters: “I Don’t Have Time and It’s Too Expensive”




All conference facilities are wheelchair accessible, except for the 2nd floor of Dewey Hall (housing). If you use a mobility device and are planning to attend we encourage you to contact us prior to the event for guidance on seating and parking as well as pick-up/drop off locations.

Please contact us about specific accommodations you may need to facilitate your participation in the event. We will make every effort to honor your requests when they are made by October 19.

Available upon request when made by October 19.

Questions regarding accessibility should be addressed to Michele Bailey, 504/ADA Coordinator, Vermont Arts Council, 802-828-3294. Voice and relay calls welcome.


The Vermont Arts Council has secured two housing options for Summit attendees. A limited quantity of rooms at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center have been reserved for November 3 & 4, with rates ranging from $114-252 per night. Rooms will be held for us through October 16; to reserve a room, call the hotel at 802-223-5252 and mention “VCN Summit”.

Alternatively, 40 single rooms (double occupancy max.) are available in Dewey Hall at the Vermont College of Fine Arts for $55 per night. These dormitory-style rooms offer shared bathrooms and access to the Dewey Café downstairs. Contact for more information about this housing option.

Additional Housing options can be found here.


We are happy to be partnering with Sugar Snap Catering for all Summit hospitality. Coffee and light bites will be available during Registration both days. Lunches will be served as buffets and family style. We will also host a networking reception on Wednesday at 4:30.

All food will be locally sourced, delicious and nutritious fare and there will be vegetarian and gluten free options.

For Dinner, there are several fabulous restaurants in and around Montpelier. Click here to view many of the Montpelier area dining options.


Parking is available onsite, however a Visitor’s pass is required to park in the VCFA parking lots. Please allow plenty of time to find a parking spot before your visit. Review the Campus Map (below) to locate the blue parking areas for visitors. These are beside the gym and behind Noble and Glover Halls. Please do not park in any areas that say “No Parking,” in Handicapped spots without the appropriate permit, or in spots that aren’t marked for visitors on the map. Please display your parking pass on your dashboard during your visit.

Attendees are also welcome to park on city streets if you find a spot available; no pass is required and you must comply with city parking regulations.


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The Creative Network Summit is hosted by Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. The Network is a project of the Vermont Arts Council in partnership with Common Good Vermont, the Emergent Media Center of Champlain College, the Vermont Department of Libraries, and the Vermont Downtown Program. Important Network funding has been provided by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation.

The information on this webpage is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, information is subject to change.

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