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January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

Helped when needed with events and with Brattleboro Area Arts Planning Council charette

The Great!

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Fantastic music and arts exhibits!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not sure...

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January 31, 2011

I was invited to the recent dinner at the Brattleboro Museum in which attendees could vote on a list of projects for immediate funding. This was a wonderful way to find out more about the projects and for those looking for a small grant to access funds. The money paid for the dinner went directly to the artists and enough was raised to split it several ways. The dinner and presentation was well done and made for a great evening.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gallery shows and Brattleboro area art.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand just a bit if possible. Make sure that donors can put up additional funds prior to the awards (this is tricky). I wanted everyone to get funded if possible.

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January 31, 2011

The Arts council has helped me with funding for a workshop. The workshop will assist me in building a bettter business model, forming a better marketing plan and working within the Arts community,

It is also an active participant in the local Arts community - helping with the monthly
Gallery Walk, student art month support and other events.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The monthly Gallery Walks have helped our town rally around the arts and build more community spirit. Each first Friday of the month is something that many people look forward to. It even draws people from out of the area to our town so they can share the experience.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create more awareness of the organization in the local area.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

Through the Vermont Art Council.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It has encouraged me to look at my craft as a business, as well as a rewarding hobby.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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January 31, 2011

Several years ago I approached the Arts Council of Windham County for advice and fiscal sponsorship in starting an art program for economically disadvantaged children in our community.
The board offered me enthusiastic support and also agreed to be my fiscal sponsor. This gave me
confidence in my idea and the backing of a professional organization.
In the three years since I started my program, ART iN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, the Arts Council of Windham County has been there with advice and encouragement. My organization would not exist without them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in so many ways. The board of the Arts Council of Windham County hosted me at one of their meetings to hear about my fledgling idea for an arts program. They then agreed to be my fiscal sponsor. They also provided advice and encouragement. Their backing legitimized my idea and moved the program forward.

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If I had to make changes to this organization I would have a paid director and staff. This volunteer board does so much for the community of Brattleboro. The labor is all volunteer. They have contributed so much to the economic and cultural vitality of the town.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

The Arts Council of Windham County serves as an umbrella organization for a variety of arts entities in the Windham County, Vermont area — including Gallery Walk, the first (and best!) downtown First-Friday gallery event in Vermont; Art in the Neighborhood, bringing art to underserved parts of the community; the Art of Breastfeeding; and many other projects.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the form of Gallery Walk and other community arts events.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it enough money to hire an executive director so it could be even more effective in keeping Brattleboro one of the best Arts Towns in the country.

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January 31, 2011

As the owner of a for-profit gallery focusing on the arts, it has been a privilege to partner with the Arts Council of Windham County in helping present the annual Student Art Month, a program that for more than 20 years has featured the works of area students. The ACWC also sponsors Gallery Walk in Brattleboro, which features between 35 and 55 new displays of art with openings on the first Friday of each month throughout the year.

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I've seen hundreds of people discover the artworks and sculpture of featured artists and students due to the dedication of the Arts Council of Windham County's sponsorship of Gallery Walk and Student Art Month.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would find a more stable funding source to allow the board to promote the arts to a wider audience.

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January 31, 2011

I have been helped in a number of ways by the Windham County Arts Council. I have been working in the arts in the Brattleboro area since about 1976, and at various times throughout the years the Council has helped me with publicity, with rehearsal space, with advice, with fundraising--our community, and our cultural life, are made stronger by the ACWC's presence among us.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many forms of artistic expression in our town of Brattleboro.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find some way to increase its funding so that the staff were more free to work in the field.

January 29, 2011

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January 29, 2011

The Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) is Brattleboro's arts hub. The Council helps put artists, musicians, photographers, performers in touch with people and resources they need to make artistic connections in Windham County. The mission of the Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) is to “To strengthen the environment for artists and arts organizations in Windham County”. They are working on an interactive calendar promoting upcoming activities, links to Artists, working with the Brattleboro Museum and Art Gallery and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Student Art Month encourages students to exhibit their work to the public for a month's viewing. All media, all styles...gives both the student and their teachers recognition in local shops of Brattleboro and Bellows Falls.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure that it got greater recognition as it is the link between the artist and the community; that it is the draw for each Gallery Walk Friday where over 30 retail establishments show local art; that the Arts Council of Windham County tries to make a difference in the lives of the residents of Brattleboro by being the fiscal umbrella for fledging non-profit arts groups.

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January 29, 2011

Back in 2001, the Arts Council of Windham County procured a grant to fund a year of my services as promotional coordinator of Brattleboro's monthly first-Friday Gallery Walk, a community project for which they had assumed responsibility when its founder moved away. I expanded venue dues and advertising revenue for the project to become generally self-sufficient, but the Council's ongoing commitment and advocacy has been a vital support, too.

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I have participated in gatherings the Council organized to explore the needs of artists and arts organizations in the area. I served as a board member in the early 1990s and helped with other Council publications: a quarterly journal celebrating area arts and a calendar of events and other arty resources published each season. I have also assisted with promotional materials for their long-running annual Student Art Month and Arts & Humanities Month celebrations.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The Council has been in the habit of regularly reexamining its role in the community and changing its focus and its efforts in response to what they find most needful -- no small feat with so many strong and self-directed arts organizations in their purview.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It is located in a county with an extraordinary number of artists, writers, musicians, actors, and arts organizations per population.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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January 29, 2011

As coordinator of the Creative Community Council I received enormous help and financial assistance from the Arts Council of Windham County. As an umbrella organization for many small nonprofits - they provide the support and framework for many of us to do our work. The Creative Communities Council was the driving force behind the Michael Singer Riverfront project that looked at creative ways to showcase our river scape to the town and many visitors. They were also instrumental in the Creative Economy Symposium as well as the Future of the Arts in Southeast Vermont Symposium. They have clearly made this region an arts destination benefiting our local economy and tremendous sense of place.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They have made substantial changes recently which have increased their visibility and inclusiveness.

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