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

  1. Wednesday, June 5
  2. Thursday, June 6
  • 12:15-1:30pm: Art at the Kent Museum Popup and Lecture at The Garage Cultural Center, 58 State Street. Presentation 12:30pm – 1:00pm or Self-guided. The newly-refurbished Garage Cultural Center features a “taste” of what Art at the Kent, a State-owned historic site, has offered visitors for over a decade—contemporary art exhibitions within the walls of an 1837 tavern and general store in rural Calais.  Curators Nel Emlen and David Schutz will present a half-hour program on their success interpreting contemporary art in a setting that “converses” with the historic setting. This will be a visual presentation, along with a sampling of art from the upcoming exhibition.  Free and open to the public.  A light lunch will be available at a modest price.

  • 5-9pm: Creativity Thrives Downtown Reception, supported by National Life Group. This street party on Langdon Street is a celebration of creativity to bridge the two conferences.             
    • Musical performances by Chaque Fois, Papas Porch, Dana and Sue Robinson, and Bella and The Notables
      • "Chaque Fois!" performs Cajun music, from Southwest Louisiana.  The name translates to "every time," and represents the fun and energy the group generates whenever they play together. The band is led by Alec Ellsworth (accordion, fiddle, vocals) and Katie Trautz (fiddle, vocals). Both multi-instrumentalists, they weave rhythms, harmonies and melodies together with their instruments and voices.  They are joined by Chris Hollis on guitar and triangle, and Helen Doyle on Bass.
      • Dana and Sue Robinson: From Cabot, Vermont – Americana-roots and folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson are celebrating the release of their new recording, The Town That Music Saved. Dana and Susan combine original songwriting with fiddle tunes, banjo grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing. Their compositions have been featured in Ken Burns's "The National Parks, America's Best Idea" and "The Dust Bowl.”
      • Papa's Porch: Burlington-based bluegrass quintet, Papas Porch plays sweet, uptempo bluegrass classics, with high and lonesome harmonies.
      •  Bella and the Notables plays classic jazz standards with panache and style.  Bella, a graduate of UVM's jazz program, adds her own voice to popular standards of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.  She is supported by harmonica player Peter Lind, who's outstanding playing is a perfect compliment to Bella's voice.  In the rhythm section, guitarist Preston Murphy supplies the harmony and his blues background brings a unique feel to familiar tunes.  Carrie Cook, a veteran of the jazz scene, swings the bass with a style and flair unlike any other.  Finally, Django Koenig drives the band forward on drums and will keep you grooving with every tune.
    • Food and drink by Langdon Street Tavern. Free snacks for all with additional food available for purchase. Cash bar. Conference attendees will receive one drink ticket.

    • PinBox 3000 Cardboard Pinball Artcade with Ben t. Matchstick

    • Art projects

    • Fun for all

CCX Logo Opens in new windowWhat 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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