On Page 4 that the committee discovered that listing the actual functions the center would perform allowed a better focus on arts and community needs. In a series of weekly meetings, the steering committee has "fleshed out" the function list. Several meetings served to add specific functions to the list of general functions.
One of the great discoveries of this type of analysis is the connections between these roles. The committee made connections and combined the long list into six crucial functions.
INSPIRE WITH VISION
This includes exposing users to new ideas and concepts, support artists and the public and a large dose of atmosphere, community, and communication.
The center must be inclusive, as well as financially and physically accessible. MAKE SUSTAINABLE
Any organization today must plan its sustainability. This may include acquiring grants and gifts, fund-raising and more. CREATE DEMAND FOR ART
Public expectations include attractions, events, and programming. The committee will also perform area surveys and marketing
NURTURE THE BUSINESS OF ART
This may mean building a Creative Business Incubator, mentoring artists, networking, training
EDUCATE and FACILITATE
The Center should provide Arts Education, Master classes, Financial training and Outreach
Page 6 will report on the mission statement the steering committee derived from these functions. Future reports will look at other arts centers and galleries in Vermont, in New England, and in the Florida Keys.
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Dick Harper, Chair
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Highgate Springs, VT 05460