SPARK is a project that will make high-tech equipment and quality professional development opportunities available to artists, entrepreneurs, local businesses, and students, in Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick, and beyond. This project is designed to cultivate creativity by making classes in graphic design, web development, business planning, computer software, and marketing available. SPARK will also house equipment such as 3D printers, large format printers, scanners, computers, and more. The goal of SPARK is to bring people of all ages and abilities together to use technology and equipment as a way to collaborate and build upon ideas, skills, community, and innovation.

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This project builds on the success of other local organizations and is poised to leverage those successes to the benefit of area businesses, local students, and the arts community at large. The project plays to the strengths of existing entities and creates opportunities for new creative ventures within our community.
— Mateo Kehler

WonderArts hosts regular SPARK information and planning sessions at the program space in Greensboro. If you are interested in getting involved with the project, contact spark@wonderartsvt.org or call 802.533.9370. 

What are we currently working on?

  • Developing a resource directory

  • Building a Beta Membership Model to open in the Summer

  • Community projects

  • Purchasing Equipment

  • Identifying key partners and stakeholders

This project is made possible in part by a USDA Rural Development - Rural Business Development Grant in the amount of $58,947. This funding supports the purchasing of equipment for SPARK, a creative incubator space, in the Northeast Kingdom. Spark is also supported in part by Union Bank

About USDA Rural Development

Rural Development is a branch of the U.S. Department of Agricultural committed to helping rural communities thrive. USDA Rural Development invests in housing, community infrastructure and rural economic development in order to increase economic opportunity and raise the quality of life for Vermont and New Hampshire’s residents.

Through the Rural Business Development Grant program, USDA Rural Development invests in innovative projects with the potential to catalyze economic development is the rural communities that they serve.

For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont Rural Development website or call (802) 828-6000.

About Union Bank

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Union Bank has been a trusted member of your community since 1891. We’ve learned how best to serve your individual needs and how to help grow your businesses — and we support, celebrate with and give back to our communities through a multitude of programs and special events. Find out more at www.ublocal.com

 

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