June 28-July 12, 2015

Castleton State College

Castleton, Vermont


Sing, dance, sculpt, draw, write, act, weave, carve, compose!  The Governor’s Institute on the Arts overflows with creativity, collaboration with professional artists, and experiencing the world in new and inspiring ways.  If you love drama, visual art, music, writing, or crafts, come to GIA and become part of a passionate learning community of artists just like you!

In this Institute you’ll:

  • Study with professional artists
  • Take risks & try new things
  • Deepen your existing skills and talents
  • Make artistic friends from all over the state
  • Get the opportunity to teach as well as learn
  • And more!

Want to know what it’s like to attend the Governor’s Institute on the Arts? These videos give you a first-hand look:

Watch this video about the the Governor’s Institute on the Arts! 

Alumna Eva Sollberger of Seven Days featured the Governor’s Institute on the Arts in her Stuck in Vermont video blog series.

Check out this fantastic YouTube video created by recent alumna Aurora Berger for a firsthand account of participating in the Governor’s Institute on the Arts.


The Arts Institute is GIV’s largest and best-known Institute. Held on the campus of Castleton State College in Castleton, this creative arts program for high potential high school students in Vermont brings together outstanding artists and 130 artistically-minded students in a lively artistic community to celebrate and explore the creative experience.  It’s two full weeks of creativity, excellence, challenge, and excitement.

A typical day includes community chorus, two class periods with professional teaching artists in artistic disciplines you choose, special student- and staff-led workshops, plus time to hang out and get to know peers and teachers.  Visiting artists provide additional seminars and workshops, while the evening performance series introduces you to locally- and nationally-known performers.

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