Southern Creative Zone Opens for Business
Seven creative leaders will gather in Manchester on April 26 for the inaugural meeting of the Southern Vermont Creative Zone Leadership Team. This team will be one of six leadership teams statewide, each assisted by the Vermont Arts Council and the Network Steering Team, the Network's statewide oversight committee. The teams will develop a region-based, annual action plan (perhaps modest at first). Together, the six regional creative sector plans will aggregate into a strong statewide course of action to advance the entire sector--inside and out.
The Network's work plan will be guided by the Network's Action Roadmap: Communication, Education, Funding, Leadership, Technical Resources, and Visibility.
Members of the southern Leadership Team include:
Maria Basescu / Next Stage Arts Project, Putney
Betsy Bleakie / Manchester Community Library
Anna Drozdowski / Wilmington Works
Robert McBride / RAMP, Bellows Falls
Matthew Perry / Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington
Jon Potter / Latchis, Brattleboro
Steve Stettler / Weston Playhouse
To complete the creative zone building cycle across the state, the Network plans inaugural leadership team meetings for the Northeast Kingdom and the east central Vermont by early summer. Then, on to the three remaining Creative Zones, on the western side of the state.