Vermont State Craft Centers value diversity and inclusiveness. The network of Vermont State Craft Centers should have an array of uniquely individual craft products and represent the breadth of Vermont’s crafts community. Requirements are intended to be flexible, motivating, and responsive to the interests and resources of each Center. The State of Vermont recognizes and celebrates the broad array of talent, expertise and creativity that exists in the crafts community.
Vermont State Craft Centers are encouraged to work together as partners to serve as:
- Resource centers for the crafts community;
- Facilitators in an exchange of ideas and best practices;
- Collaborators on education offerings;
- Information sources to the community and public officials about the wealth of talent and resources in the crafts community; and
- Focal points for regular meetings with peers to problem solve, pool knowledge, and discuss common issues faced in business operations, organizational dynamics, marketing and outreach, etc.
The Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission (VSCCOC) is appointed by the Governor and comprised of representatives from various state agencies and the crafts community. The Overview Commission oversees the Standards Group's designation, renewal and jury processes, and makes the final decisions regarding State Craft Center status.
The Standards Group serves as an advisory committee and is comprised of elected members of the Vermont crafts community of craft artists, educators, and retailers. The Standards Group is convened by the Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission to implement the application and renewal procedure and the execution of jury review, while concurrently evaluating applicants for designation. Learn more about the specific responsibilities of Standards Group members and find out how you can serve on our Volunteer page.