BRATTLEBORO -- The Arts Council of Windham County is again providing scholarships for Windham County artists and craftspeople for "Breaking Into Business," a two-day professional development workshop.

"Our experience has been that these workshops are excellent and can make a huge difference in the business success for creative folks in our county," said Doug Cox, president of ACWC. "It is one of the best ways we have to use our limited resources to serve our mission of strengthening the environment for artists and arts organizations in Windham County. The local folks who attend the workshop not only return with a stronger business model for themselves, but also support and inspire other creative workers in our area."

The "Breaking into Business" workshops presented by the Vermont Arts Council focus on business and marketing planning specifically tailored to the needs of artists. The program is open to Vermont artists of all disciplines (visual, performing, media, literary, crafts and traditional) and is facilitated by Maren Brown and Dee Boyle Clapp from the Arts Extension Service at UMass Amherst. One session is offered this year: Feb. 22-23 in Montpelier. Space is limited and those interested should apply to VAC as soon as possible.

Those interested in attending should apply directly to the Vermont Arts Council (www.vermontartscouncil.org). The deadline for applications is Feb. 3. ACWC will reduce the fee for the workshops to $50 for Windham County residents and will help to organize carpooling.

For more information, contact Doug Cox at dcox@sover.net or 802-257-1024 or visit www.acwc. us.