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How one woman turned a small Vermont town into an arts destination

Kathleen Dolan stops in front of the Teago General Store, which she has begun to restore in South Pomfret, Vermont. Though not connected with ArtisTree, the store is a stone’s throw from the Grange Theatre. Ms. Dolan’s goal is to maintain the store as the community hub it has been for decades. Source: Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

When Kathleen Dolan started teaching music and art to young children in Woodstock, Vermont, in 2003, she was used to being a one-person operation. 

In an earlier role in Boston, she conducted music programs at child care centers, and she recalls, “I would just travel with my keyboard.”

In a span of 10 years, she went from toting her keyboard to renting a small downtown space in Vermont for classes, to owning a dynamic arts center that would give her community and others accessibility to the arts.

Her local nonprofit, ArtisTree Community Arts Center, has become a powerhouse of creativity, welcoming

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