June 26 – July 10, 2016

Castleton State College

Castleton, Vermont

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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 learn surrounded by art lovers just like you!

In this Institute you will:

  • 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!
    “This summer I attended the Governor’s Institute of the Arts in Castleton. There I met the most amazing community of artists and creative thinkers who helped me expand my range in the arts.”                              
     -A 2014 GIA graduate

Want to know what it’s like to attend the Governor’s Institute on the Arts?

> Check out this fantastic YouTube video created by recent alumna Aurora Berger for a firsthand account of her experience.

> Another alumna, well-known Seven Days video journalist Eva Sollberger, featured the Governor’s Institute on the Arts in this Stuck in Vermont video blog.

The Arts Institute is GIV’s largest and best-known Institute. Held on the campus of Castleton State College in Castleton, this visual and performing arts program for Vermont’s most talented emerging artists brings together outstanding professionals and 130 artistically-minded students in a colorful and vibrant community to celebrate and explore the creative experience.  It’s two full weeks of creation, challenge, excellence, and excitement surrounded by a community of Vermonters who love art as much as you do.

Each day you’ll get to know new friends in community meeting, study for two intensive periods with professional artists in artistic disciplines you choose, choose from many student- and staff-led workshops or lead your own, and enjoy professional performances and expert demonstrations.  Teachers and visiting artists include GIA graduates who are now locally- and nationally-known artists and performers.

For more information regarding tuition, click here.

Partnering with Vermont Arts Council for 2015: Year of the Arts!