GIV In the News


National Geographic reports on GIV’s innovative new Astro Photography strand at Winter Weekend!


GIV Releases Long-term Outcomes Evaluation and honors 25 years of the Current Issues & Youth Activism Institute – The Brattleboro Reformer


“It’s not often I want to revisit my turbulent teenage years, but scanning the list of course offerings for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Winter Weekends makes me wish I were back in high school,” Cathy Resmer writes in in an article about GIV’s upcoming Winter Weekends on Vermont Tech Jam’s blog.


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

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams was one of the thought-provoking leaders bringing real-world expertise to the Governor’s Institutes on Current Issues and Youth Activism this summer.   To read more about it and see student feedback, click here.

Publisher and author Tanya Sousa attended the very first Governor’s Institute on the Arts in 1983. In addition to running Radiant Hen Publishing in the Northeast Kingdom, Tanya is the author of several books, most recently, Life Is a Bowl of Cherry Pits (May 2013) and, forthcoming in January 2014, Starling God (Forestry Press). You can watch the trailer here and order the book here.
Tanya says, “While I did already love writing and the other arts and showed talent for them, my perspective on what that could mean to my future changed completely when I was encouraged to attend the very first Governor’s Institute on the Arts. The workshop leaders were passionate about their fields and were making livings doing what they loved. I was surrounded by young writers and painters – musicians and sculptors. For once in my short life I didn’t feel alone or odd. Being a writer became a vision I knew I could attain, and I knew then I was not only NOT alone and different, but part of something very important. Now I’m a published author many times over and a publisher too, in no small part because of that experience.”

 Read about GIV’s newest Institute, “Farms, Food and Your Future” on WPTZ,  WCAX and in the Randolph newspaperThe Herald.

Listen to Executive Director Karen Taylor Mitchell talk about the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on VPR’s Vermont Edition.

Watch GIV alums and Directors speaking with Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca on the Vermont Agency of Education’s web series, “Education – Join the conversation.”

Spotlight on 2013 Institutes


Governor’s Institutes Launches New Special Topics Institute for Summer 2013

The Governor’s Institutes is pleased to announce our first Special Topics Summer Institute.  The Governor’s Institute on Farms, Food and Your Future was created in partnership with the Vermont Farm to Plate Network and will take place July 28-August 3, 2013.  Read more here!


GIV’s 2012 Annual Newsletter features photos, stories, alumni news, and more.

Click here to see what’s been happening.

Click here for a look at our 2013 summer catalog! 


Recent Alumni Achievements

GIV alumna and Truman Scholar Jeanelle Achee

Current Issues and Youth Activism alumna Jeanelle Achee has been named the 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholar for her proposal in sexual assault education. Jeanelle is studying Nursing and Global Studies at UVM. Learn more about her award here
Achee was also named Miss Vermont in 2013. 
Congratulations, Jeanelle! 

Check out Current Issues and Youth Activism Institute 2012 alumna Elizabeth Pantaleon’s presentation on the Institute.


Check out this excellent video about the Institute on the Arts (GIA) made by alumna Aurora Berger. Great job, Aurora!


Award Winner

Congratulations to GIV graduate and staffer Jessie-Ruth Corkins, who received the 2012 Holly D. Miller award from the Vermont Women’s Fund. The award honors Jessie-Ruth for using the opportunities provided by  the Governor’s Institute of Vermont’s Engineering Institute to transform her life and the community for the better.  Corkins was recognized as the visionary founder and leader of the award-winning Vermont Sustainable Heating Initiative (VSHI), a student organization that grew out of a Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend that is dedicated to engineering sustainable solutions for cost-effective heating in Vermont.

UVM Grants College Credit for Two Governor’s Institutes

High school students now have the option to receive UVM college credit for participation in the Asian Cultures or Environmental Science and Technology  Institutes. Credits are free for students who use their Dual Enrollment voucher, but even if you have already used your voucher, you can apply to UVM’s Academically Talented discount for 50% off the course cost. For more information on obtaining UVM credit for your participation in these programs, contact Nichole Hathaway: 802-656-4682 or


Faculty News

Listen to Arts Faculty member and master stone cutter George Kurjanowicz on VPR.


Read this book review from Seven Days on Arts Faculty member and poet Verandah Porche’s newest book, Sudden Eden.


Girls Get Tech-Savvy At Our Information Technology Institute


This great video highlights young women’s experiences with technology at the Governor’s Institute on Information Technology.  Filmed and edited by Ray McCarthy-Bergeron, a faculty member at the Institute.