Mural artist Mary Lacy. Photo courtesy Michael Sipe
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
The arts, music and theater are staples of community life in the north country. Artists get our first early taste for creativity within a rich ecosystem of schools, community theaters, cafes, local residency programs and outreach programs.
A dense network of institutions, community-based arts organizations, businesses and independently owned venues support artists at all levels along their journey. A growing number of annual events and seasonal festivals bring international collaborators and audiences.
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS TRAIL GUIDES
DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION
Nationally recognized illustrators and designers have made Vermont home, making design one of the highest value-added sectors in the state. We're always spinning out new brands, creating ample opportunity for new entrants and exciting innovation.
With good infrastructure, an active chapter of the AIGA and a diffuse community, Vermont's design and illustration community is a fun and funky place to build a career.
Meet some of the design and illustration influencers.
Illustration courtesy of Rob Donnelly Art
DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION TRAIL GUIDES
Photo courtesy of Kip Steel
Just south of North America's third largest game design market, Vermont is a lower-cost and competitive environment to create new products and companies. Fueled by talent from Champlain College's Emergent Media Center and Dartmouth CS programs, Vermont's nascent game design community is quirky, savvy and fun.
Our position between Boston, Albany, and Montreal makes it easy to get around - for inspiration, connection, and capital.
INTERACTIVE & GAME DESIGN TRAIL GUIDES
Once a center of precision manufacturing in the United States, Vermont's industrial legacy is experiencing a revival in the hands of a new generation of limited production, high quality makers and fabricators.
Vermont's craft manufacturers produce world-class contemporary and modern furniture, high performance bicycles, table and kitchen ware, leather goods, cafe racers, and much more.
Photo courtesy of Josh Steel, Vintage Steel
CRAFT MANUFACTURING TRAIL GUIDES
Could It Be You?
Photo courtesy of Michael B. Fisher Productions
DIGITAL VIDEO AND FILM
Vermont's motion picture community is a tight-knit, full-production network of professionals spanning art house, commercial and feature work. Nationally known screenwriters, DPs, and production talent have chosen Vermont to life, work and play.
Pillar companies include Kingdom County Productions, Matt Bucci Productions, Mondo Media Works, Urban Rhino Productions, Velocity Media, Hen House Media, Mount Mansfield Productions, and Dreamlike Pictures.
A strong, year-round schedule of festivals and professional development opportunities include the Vermont International Film Festival, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, the White River Indie Film Fest, Stowe Story Lab.
DIGITAL VIDEO & FILM TRAIL GUIDES
Vermont has long been a source of traditional, hearty wear. Today, new production methods and a fashion forward design sensitivity have generated a growing generation of fashion and accessory producers.
Anchor enterprises include Burton, April Cornell, Salaam, the Johnson Woolen Mills, Turtle Fur, and Zutano. A restless group of emerging designers include Dam Fine Pants, A Little Lingerie Company, and Designs by Daria.
Photo of Lucy Leith and BINA-48 by Lars Hasselblad Torres