Richmond, Vermont: Cultural Capital

What comes to mind when you’re asked to draw shelter? What if shelter is people or family? Cultural capital could be shelter because it provides places and subjects of interest, which stimulate interaction between residents and help them build a sense of community. There’s no agreed upon definition of cultural capital, but Green and Haines define it as , “a system of meanings that is learned within a particular group or society.” (2016, p. 306).

A 2014 survey on “occupation by sex and median earnings in the past 12 months” reported 2 out of 1,999 of Bristol’s “civilian employed population 16 years and over work in “arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations” while Richmond has 117 out of 2,439 residents participating in those occupations (U.S. Census Bureau).

20160624_music_owlstarsRichmond, Vermont’s cultural capital consists of arts, music, community events, and activities. There are cultural resources like historic buildings, museums, and a farmers market. In the summer Volunteers Green, Richmond’s largest public park provides a space for the farmers market, a band shell for music and performances, sporting fields, and their annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks. During the winter month’s residents participate in ski culture at surrounding ski resorts and are welcomed at nearby events like the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association’s annual, open house weekend. However, The Round Church is one of Richmond’s most famous and influential cultural assets.

richmond_round_church_christian_arthur_md“The Richmond Historical Society is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Richmond, Vermont.” (The Richmond Historical Society, 2010). It was founded in 1973 and since the group renovated the church it has provided the community and visitors a space for events like concerts, programs, workshops, and weddings. They feature historic exhibits, which showcase the history and evolution of Richmond. It also provides bonding experiences for community members with events like an annual free potluck dinner and public workday where volunteers clean the church.

Sources:

Green, G .P. & Haines, Foster (2016). Asset Building & Community Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

The Richmond Historical Society. (2010). About us. Retrieved from http://www.oldroundchurch.com/index.php/membership

U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates, Table S2401; generated by Ralph Kucharek; using American FactFinder; http://www.factfinder.census.gov ; (30 September 2016).