Montpelier, Vermont, the Creative Capital, will host ArtsFest on June 5th and 6th, 2019. The festival is organized by Montpelier Alive and is timed to overlap with the Downtown Conference and CCX. 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. In addition to the hundreds of conference goers, ArtsFest will draw visitors from central Vermont and beyond.

Schedule of events:

During the evening of Wednesday, June 5th, Langdon Street will be turned into the Creativity Thrives Downtown Reception, a celebration of creativity to bridge the two conferences. The street party, presented by National Life Group, will include ephemeral art projects, music, performances, and more. 

During the evening of Thursday, June 6th, we will hold a special additional Art Walk, including a street party hosted by Magic Hat on Langdon Street. 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.

CCX LogoWhat is CCX? Creative Communities Exchange (CCX), a biennial event of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is a two-day training and professional development convening that supports creative entrepreneurs, city planners, small businesses, and the arts sector to apply successful creative economy strategies in their communities. CCX professional development workshops are for New England leaders who are engaged in creative economy and creative placemaking projects that leverage their local creative sector for the revitalization and growth of their broader community. The CCX is a two-day conference that brings 250-300 economic development, city planners, community development, downtown revitalization, arts administrators, and arts leaders from all over New England and beyond to the event. Previous keynote speakers include Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (2015) and Jonathan Katz, President of the Nationals Assembly of State Art Agencies. CCX is taking place on Thursday and Friday June 6-7, 2019 in downtown Montpelier, VT, and Montpelier Alive is serving as the local host.

What is the Vermont Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference? The goal of the Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference (Downtown Conference) is to provide training and workshops to educate and raise statewide awareness of policies and programs and tools that help historic preservationists, developers, state and local policy makers, planners, community development professionals, architects and builders to keep Vermont downtowns vibrant places to live, work and play. The conference will be held in Montpelier on June 5, 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the State of Vermont’s Downtown Program. 

Questions? Contact Dan Groberg, Executive Director of Montpelier Alive, at or 802-223-9604.

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