On September 24 , area painters, writers, musicians - artists and crafts people of all stripes - gathered to discuss the age old question of how to make a living as an artist.
Executive Director Robert McBride and the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) hosted the meeting at the Bellows Falls Visitors Center. Sonia Rae from the Vermont Arts Council and Jane Eklund from the NH Council on the Arts discussed the grants that are available to artists and arts organizations. Vermont residents in particular have several grants available for artists, including for professional development and for bringing arts programs into schools and communities.
Eklund noted that due to budget restrictions, there is real uncertainty in New Hampshire at this time as to just what funding will be available.
Lynn Barrett, founding editor of Southern Vermont Arts and Living discussed how artists might want to market their work, and reminded the artists and arts organizations not to just depend on local papers to run their press releases for free.
McBride suggested that galleries and even towns could combine their advertising dollars and run joint ads to get the word out about their businesses and events.
It was also suggested that local Chambers of Commerce might be good sources for affordable health insurance.
Local Banquet Magazine creators Meg Lucas and Barbi Schreiber also participated in the presentations.