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.
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.
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.
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.
My production company, The Hugh Keelan Ensemble, was formed with the invaluable assistance of the Arts Council of Windham County. The protections and oversight they provide have been helpful, and continue to allow the company to perform and diversify.
The membership of the council is positive and proactive.
My participation in the Town (of Brattleboro) Arts Committee has demonstrated from another perspective what beneficial partners to the arts they are. Key elements from our committee work have been realized and fulfilled with the Council.