40 Years of GIV

GIV is turning the big 4-OH! Become a supporter in this milestone year, and join us for a big celebration on July 29th at Castleton University!

2000's Alumni Photo

We are celebrating our anniversary all year long!

There are many ways you can support GIV through this special 40th year, including…


💵  Donate to support scholarships!  💵

🎟️  Buy a ticket to the July 29 anniversary event!  🎟️

🙋‍♀️  Volunteer for the July 29 anniversary event!  🙋‍♀️

🗣️  Share GIV content on your socials!  🗣️

🖼️  Bid on unique auction items!  🖼️

🛍️  Purchase brand new GIV merch!  🛍️

40th Anniversary Event Party Details



Castleton Theater

Join the Anniversary Event!

On July 29th, 2023, we’ll be commemorating 40 years of offering life-changing educational opportunities to students in Vermont. We’ll be celebrating GIV’s past, present, and future, and are inviting all of our 12,000+ GIV alumni and supporters to join in in the festivities.

Join us for performances by GIV alumni including live music from Henry Jamison, a special performance by Noah Young, an improv comedy showcase led by Brittney Malik, DJs, a photo booth, a signature GIA contra dance, food trucks, family-friendly activities, and more!

We’ll also be hosting a silent auction featuring art and fun adventures from local artists, organizations, and GIV alumni!

The event will feature entertainment and activities galore, including...

Henry Jamison

Henry Jamison

We are thrilled to have Vermont native and GIV alum Henry Jamison for a special musical performance! Since his career began in 2017, he has become one of the most interesting musicians of his generation. Bringing a unique sound into his folk/indie style, Henry’s uncanny ability to weave folk lyricism and instruments through a popular veneer has led to massive collaborations and widespread praise. His latest album "The Years" has been an international hit, while his first two albums have earned over 300 million streams.

Noah Young Trio

Noah Young Trio

Taking the stage will be GIV alum Noah Young (Arts 2007), a native Vermonter now based in New Orleans where he is one of the most sought-after bass players on the scene. Noah will be joined by a crew of fellow GIV allstars including guitarist Max Bronstein (Arts 2008), drummer Andy Gagnon (Arts 2007, and current Arts faculty member), and more surprise guests! Get your dancing shoes ready for this special once-in-a-lifetime performance!

Brittney Malik Improv Comedy

Improv Comedy Crew Hosted by Brittney Malik

Our very own GIA staff and alum Brittney Malik (Engineering 2013, Arts 2014, and Winter Weekend 2015) will be hosting a special improv comedy performance featuring a crew of GIV alumni and laughs all around!

40th Anniversary Film

Premiere of our 40th Anniversary Retrospective Film

We'll be screening our new film that looks back on 40 Years of GIV! Join us for the premiere to experience the film featuring interviews of GIV's founding members and clips from the archives of four decades of life-changing Institutes.

Sustainable Eats

Sustainable Eats Food Truck

Enjoy delicious chef-inspired food from the famed Sustainable Eats food truck, featuring a massive menu of local, all-natural, antibiotic free, and organic options, as well as coffee, smoothies, bakery, and soup options!

GIA Contra Dance

GIA Contra Dance

The tradition lives on! Join us for the biggest contra dance ever, celebrating the Arts Institute tradition and bringing alumni and families together in the celebrations!

DJ Vetica

DJ Vetica

Our very own DJ Vetica (Matthew Binginot) will be spinning house, disco, and dance party tunes all night to get the party going! Combining traditional DJ'ing with live synthesizers and drum machines, Vetica will be performing a live electronic set.


Photo Booth from Activ8 Media

Stop by our free photo booth all night long! Snap photos and commemorate the fun with prints and live editing functions using this special customized photo activation system.

Auction Finale

Silent Auction Finale!

Featuring dozens of items from GIV alumni and GIV supporters, this auction is bursting with exciting items and experiences! The silent virtual auction will close at 8:00PM during our event. Place your bids now and use any internet device to update your bids at the event to get the best opportunity to get awesome items for an incredible deal!

Stream music from our performers to learn more!

Henry Jamison

Noah Young Trio

Bid on GIV auction items!

Want to support GIV in other ways? We'll be hosting a virtual silent auction leading up to our 40th Anniversary Celebration on July 29. Check out the awesome items and place a bid to get cool stuff while supporting GIV!

2000s Alumni Photo

Volunteer to Support the Event

Calling our Community… ring ring! It takes a village to run GIV Institutes and it certainly takes one to throw a party.


How to help:

1️⃣  Volunteer to support the celebration event

2️⃣  Donate items to the auction fundraiser

Click the links above to lend a hand, and thank you in advance. Your support means the world to us!

Donate to GIV in 2023 to Celebrate This Milestone

Over the last 40 years, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) have provided life-changing educational opportunities for thousands of young Vermonters. With your support, we can reach even more incredible young people this year and for many years to come.

Please give $40 today!

Your donation, no matter how big or small, will help GIV’s 40th anniversary scholarship fund. Every dollar raised will be put to immediate use, directly supporting students this summer and next.

Did you know that more than 80% of our student body receives financial assistance to attend GIV? We need you to help pay it forward and support the next generation of young Vermonters to experience the transformational impact of GIV.

It is easier than ever to make your one-time or recurring gift with a credit card, PayPal, Venmo, or ACH. The coffee, snacks, or clothing you might buy with $20, $40, or $100 could instead provide the summer opportunity of a lifetime for 40 young Vermonters!



2000s Alumni

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