St Johnsbury non-profits set to jointly promote ‘Arts & Culture Campus’

first_imgFour St Johnsbury non-profits’Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury Academy and Catamount Arts’will jointly promote the combined arts-and-culture resources that exist within their organizations and develop new opportunities for collaboration to enhance St. Johnsbury’s cultural climate and creative economy. The group is recognizing their proximate area in St Johnsbury as the Arts & Culture Campus.‘Along Main Street from the Fairbanks Museum to the corner of Eastern Avenue at the Athenaeum, down to Catamount Arts and back over to St. Johnsbury Academy, we see a geographic link amid our shared traditions of arts programming and community outreach,’ said Jody Fried, executive director of Catamount Arts. ‘We view this area, which we’re calling the Arts & Culture Campus, as a jumping off point for arts programming in our town, inclusive of all of greater St. Johnsbury. People can come to town and easily circulate through this area to enjoy a concentration of fun happenings.’The shared histories (largely descending from the vision and beneficence of the Fairbanks family) and strengths in the arts of the four local organizations will place a sharp focus on the rich cultural programs that St. Johnsbury offers to the public.The alliance has created a logo and theme through which to advance the public’s thinking about what the town as to offer: ‘Get Inspired’St. Johnsbury’s Arts & Culture Campus.’ The logo will be used with advertising and marketing materials to position St. Johnsbury as a dynamic center for the arts, statewide and regionally.‘Our efforts will be on coordinating events to give area residents and visitors a range of arts, culture and educational activities, so once they’re in town they have a range of fun opportunities throughout a day or a weekend,’ said Anna Rubin, director of external relations for the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium. ‘With the local non-profits working in collaboration, we see this an exponential promotion of the arts in St. Johnsbury.’            The organizations in the coalition share:Rich cultural resources for visual and performing artsFull calendars of learning programs for all agesAuthentic connections to the local heritage of the areaSupport for vibrant, dynamic and evolving new voices and expressionsAccess to artistic inspiration from around the worldEasy access on Main Street/Eastern Avenue campus.            The group will be co-planning and promoting arts events beginning in 2012, kicking off with First Night St. Johnsbury 2012. They intend to coordinate their efforts with other area arts organizations, businesses, and chambers of commerce.           ‘The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce looks forward to fully supporting the efforts of this wonderful coalition of creative and cultural institutions here in St J We’re excited by this new opportunity to help bring more attention to the creative economy in and around town,’ said Jeff Moore, president, St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. CUTLINE:(L-R) Matthew Powers and Mary Ellen Reis of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Anna Rubin of the FairbanksMuseum & Planetarium, Joe Healy of St. Johnsbury Academy, and Jody Fried of Catamount Arts, gathered on the steps of the South Congregational Church onMain Street in St. Johnsbury. ST.  JOHNSBURY, VT (December 28, 2011)’last_img

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