CCX 2019 will bring people from around New England to Montpelier, VT, a unique state capital where the opportunities and challenges of integrating creativity into advocacy and the daily life of a small setting are immediate and acute.
CCX 2019's local host is Montpelier Alive.
Registration Info & Ways to Save
Registration is $100 if registered by 4.12.19 and $150 after. Online Registration closes on June 2. Walk-up registration will be available if space allows.
Workshop leaders will receive a registration code via email.
- Attendance at all workshops & presentations
- Thursday and Friday breakfast
- Thursday cocktail reception
- Thursday and Friday lunch
Ways to Save
1. Travel & Registration Support
- Please apply for support by March 22, 2019 (you will be notified before the early registration deadline)
- Priority will be given to first-time participants, organizations with budgets below $250,000, and organizations who are strongly involved or embarking on partnerships with non-arts organizations
Limited funds are also available from the Vermont Arts Council to support Vermont attendees seeking financial assistance. Please apply below.
Limited funds are also available from the Connecticut Office of the Arts to support Connecticut attendees seeking financial assistance. Please apply below.
2. Early Registration
- Save $50 per person by registering before April 12
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 bring back home. We encourage participants to come with 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
- Municipal government and planning
- 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 & Guidelines
CCX workshops will be announced in March.
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.
The call for CCX workshop submissions is typically during the fall preceding the event; the CCX 2019 deadline for submissions was 12.20.18.
- 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 an instructional handout 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.
CCX event activities will take place in various venues of downtown Montpelier like the City Hall Auditorium/Lost Nation Theater, the VT History Museum, the Unitarian Church and Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The Capitol Plaza is “CCX Central.”
Wednesday June 5, 2019
Thursday June 6, 2019
9:00 AM | Check In and Breakfast at Capitol Plaza
9:30 AM | Opening Session: Inclusive Creative Communities Part I
11:00 AM | Four concurrent workshops (to be announced)
12:00 Noon | Four concurrent workshops (to be announced)
1:00 PM | Lunch with Topic Discussions
2:00 PM | Four concurrent workshops (to be announced)
3:00 PM | Special Session: Inclusive Creative Communities Part II
4:15 PM | Break
4:30 PM | Reception to celebrate the fifth anniversary of CreativeGround and plans for its sustainable growth
6:00 PM | Local Evening Activities: ArtsFest, organized by Montpelier Alive
Friday June 7, 2019
8:30 AM | Breakfast and Networking at Capitol Plaza
9:30 AM | Four concurrent workshops (to be announced)
10:30 AM | Four concurrent workshops (to be announced)
11:30 AM | Four concurrent workshops (to be announced)
12:30 PM | Lunch
1:00 PM | Creative Economy Awards
2:00 PM | Special Session: Inclusive Creative Communities Part III
3:00 PM | Close
Directions, Carpool, & Hotel
Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
100 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
- Discounted rate for CCX participants is $151/night and up. Deadline May 1. Reserve early for the best price.
- Reservations can be made by calling the hotel and referencing “Montpelier Alive.”
- Free parking is available for guests and most CCX venues are located within 0.3 mile of the hotel.
Vermont College of Fine Arts Visitor Housing
36 College St
Montpelier, VT 05602
0.8 mile from Capitol Plaza
- Rate for CCX participants is $75/night. Deadline May 31
- 73 dorm rooms are available; free parking for guests
- Reservations can be made at: https://form.jotform.com/90313499928165
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Other Hotel Options
- The Inn at Montpelier
147 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
0.4 mile from the Capitol Plaza
- Comfort Inn & Suites at Maplewood
213 Paine Turnpike N.
Montpelier, VT 05602
Approximately 4 miles from the Capitol Plaza. Please note that parking in Montpelier is limited. Participants are encouraged to stay within walking distance of CCX venues.
Montpelier also has multiple Airbnb and VRBO options
- Montpelier is in the heart of Vermont; an easy, scenic drive within four hours of every major New England city. Public transportation is available by Greyhound bus (downtown) and Megabus and Amtrak (short cab ride to downtown); Burlington International Airport is 40-minute drive, with direct Greyhound and public bus service (via transfer) available.
- See the helpful Getting Here & Parking page for transportation routes, times, and an interactive city map: http://montpelieralive.org/149/Getting-Here-and-Parking
- There is free parking at Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center.
Carpool Sign Up
- Go green & carpool: find a ride share or share yours.
Creative Economy Award
One creative economy project and one organization is recognized at each CCX with NEFA's Creative Economy Award. This year, the ceremony will take place during the lunch on Friday June 7 at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom.
Local Area & Events
Welcome to Montpelier, Vermont's Capital City
Montpelier provides small town charm with big city flavor. Exquisite historic buildings are home to Vermont's state government, shopping, commerce and world-class dining and arts. Outstanding outdoor recreation is within minutes of the downtown. Montpelier is the largest urban historic district in Vermont. The crown jewel is the impeccably restored State House - one of the oldest and best preserved in the country. Three blocks away is the city's unique business district. Linger at independently-owned shops offering books, recordings, clothing, fine crafts and pastries, or dine in one of the many restaurants, cafes or delis in the city. Our thriving arts community has earned Montpelier recognition as being one of the best 100 small towns in the United States. Our recreation opportunities are second to none.
The icing on the cake? We're the only state capital without a McDonald's, and we're sure you won't miss it. We hope you'll visit and experience Montpelier, where Vermont is served daily.
Montpelier Alive, our local host, has organized ArtsFest, a two-night celebration of local creativity, especially for CCX 2019. ArtsFest is designed to exhibit the vast and diverse artistic talent in Central Vermont and a chance for seasoned and emerging artists to showcase their talents.
During the evening of Wednesday, June 5th, Langdon Street in Downtown Montpelier will be turned into the Creativity Thrives Downtown Reception, a celebration of the arts that will bring together attendees of the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference and CCX along with the general public. The street party, presented by National Life Group, will include food and drink, four bands across two stages, ephemeral art projects, performances, and more.
During the evening of Thursday, June 6th, the streets of downtown Montpelier will host Art Walk alongside a diverse array of arts events. Art Walk features more than two dozen art openings on one night in Montpelier, with a flexible format that allows art lovers to start at any venue and visit as many exhibits as they wish. Additionally, arts venues across Montpelier will host open houses and guided tours, Lost Nation Theater will host a production, and streets, shops, and restaurants will be filled with performers, artist talks, and creative endeavors.
For more information, visit http://montpelieralive.org/ArtsFest and the local host table at the Capitol Plaza during CCX.