Johnson, VT

Contact Name
George Pearlman
Project Dates
1984-present
Tags
Real Estate, Workforce Development
The Vermont Studio Center founded in 1984 has revitalized an old mill town in northern Vermont. The Center has renovated over twenty-five buildings for studios, housing, galleries, lecture hall and dinning facilities for the creation of an artist residency program. The Center hosts over fifty artists and writers a month, year round. Residents attend the center from the U.S. and around the globe. The impact on the local economy and the revitalization of the town of Johnson has been a true example of the value of the creative economy. The Center takes pride in the community it has built and in the way it has integrated with the local community. Some of the topics that will be discussed are Downtown Revitalization,Creative Economy, Historic Preservation, Artist Residency Program.
Project Goals
What were the project goals?
To create an artist community.
Have they changed over time?
no
Who are the project partners and stakeholders?
Board of directors and staff
Project Specifics
How was the project implemented? What were the steps taken?
The center was created in 1984 as a summer arts program and has grown into a year round artist residency with artists from from over 100 countries participating over the years.
Have they been refined over time?
Yes we have refined things over the years
Obstacles
What were your major obstacles?
economics
Who or what was instrumental in overcoming these obstacles?
patron support devoted staff
What top three suggestions would you give to others attempting a similar project?
believe in your mission
Project Impact
How has this project contributed to creative community building?
We have created one of the largest international artist communities, that has changed a small town in norther Vermont. As well as the lives of many of the residents that have participated in our residency.
Why do you consider the project successful, as related to your project goals above?
Hard work and devoted staff
Were there unexpected impacts?
Yes we have created a community of working artists and writers who have moved into the area and support our mission.