The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Robert McBride. It is based in Bellows Falls, Town of Rockingham, VT. For an introduction to our RAMP and our town, watch our short video.
RAMP is committed to integrating the arts into the long-term sustainability of the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support accessibility, affordable housing, Artist Town Meetings, public art Initiatives, and policy making.
Among its many initiatives, RAMP has collaborated on creating public art projects such as a town-wide residency with Bread & Puppet Theater (1999, photos here are from RAMP archives), murals that greet people to Bellows Falls,
RAMP helped to restore and manage the Exner Block which provides ten affordable live and work spaces and six retail spaces with a preference given to artists. RAMP has also organized community-wide, quarterly Artists’ Town Meetings which provide an opportunity for individuals to share ideas and a meal, get to know one another and identify as a creative constituency that positively impacts the cultural and economic vitality of the community; maintained a community based RAMP Google Group that shares postings on art events, initiatives and opportunities; and hosted and produced “Everyday People,” as a local cable access show. Since 2015, 81 programs have been produced by RAMP, highlighting the stories of creatives who are making a difference in our community.