June 6, 2019, 9:00 AM - June 7, 2019, 3:00 PM


Montpelier, VT


CCX participants will be invited to engage in spirited dialogue about the past, present, and future of the creative sector and its inclusion in building community and identity.

CCX 2019's local host is Montpelier Alive.


Registration will open in early 2019.

Who Should Participate

The CCX is for people who make inclusive creative communities happen.  It’s for people who connect arts, or creativity to the social, cultural, and economic needs of their communities. Come to network with peers, share successes and challenges, and gain useful information to take back to your work at home. We encourage participants to bring diverse perspectives, such as:

  • Arts, culture, or cultural heritage
  • Community development
  • Creative work, such as design, architecture, writing…
  • Downtown preservation and main streets
  • Economic development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Municipal government and planning
  • Philanthropy
  • Research
  • Social action and justice
  • Youth leadership and career preparation

Anyone interested in the CCX is highly encouraged to communicate with event staff about any barriers to participation. Learn more about NEFA's focus on diverse participation. 

CCX Workshop Info and Guidelines

CCX workshops encourage participants to explore what it really takes to put creativity at the center of their community’s economic life. Each one discusses the specific strategies and outcomes of a particular creative economy initiative. These are stories of creative work that reaches across sectors to address community social, cultural, and economic goals.  Past CCX workshop strategies included pop-up creative businesses, cultural plans, cultural districts, cultural policy and zoning, downtown events, impact research, space development, workforce development, and many more examples that you can browse in NEFA's community initiatives directory.

CCX Workshop strategies generally fall within these four themes:

  • INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT: Creative use of facilities, land, or systems to build community identity and resources.
  • HEADING DOWNTOWN: Innovative events and projects that energize various creative communities and draw visitors and visibility to the economic centers.
  • POLICY & PLANNING: The use of information and community planning to integrate the arts and creativity into policy and zoning decisions.
  • SECTOR CONNECTOR: Efforts that use technology, networking, and training to enhance the capacity of creative people and places and their connection to other sectors.

More About What You'll Learn at CCX.


  • Workshops are chosen based on the quality of the connections between arts/creativity and community development goals with:
    • Clarity (specific creative economy strategies; well-articulated process; clear community development outcomes)
    • Inclusion (grassroots ideas; diversity of voices; authentic use of local assets)
    • Transferability (replicable aspects for other communities; shareable with peers; valuable lessons learned.)
  • Workshops focus on the step-by-step process of a single example, initiative, or piece of the work – not the work of an entire organization.
  • Workshops are timed and have a specific format: 20 minutes of how-to presentation, 20 minutes of Q&A discussion, and 20 minutes of networking time.
  • Workshop leaders create a how-to presentation and a To Do checklist outlining the steps they would take to replicate the initiative in a different community. These are reviewed with a mentor in advance of the CCX.
  • Two people may lead one workshop, but they collectively present a single initiative in the allotted time.
  • Workshop leaders are also participants in the CCX, learning and networking over the entire two-day event.
  • Workshop leaders receive discounted registration to the event and are encouraged to communicate with NEFA about any barriers to participation.
  • All 2019 CCX workshops will be considered for a 2019 NEFA Creative Economy Award, which includes a cash prize. 


Learn more about the CCX by watching this video from CCX 2017 in New London, CT.