GIV began in 1982 when Vermont’s Commissioner of Education and the Director of the Vermont Arts Council recognized an extraordinary deficiency in arts education in the state’s public schools. The Governor’s Institute on the Arts was established to address that need with the blessing of then-Governor Richard Snelling.
The new Arts Institute’s immediate impact made it apparent that Vermont’s high-potential students and young artists could benefit from opportunities to delve deeply into other topics generally unavailable in Vermont high schools. New Institutes focused on Science and Public Affairs, followed by Engineering, Asian Cultures, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Information Technology. Later, a Winter Weekend was added to make programs accessible to even more students.
In recent years, several more Institutes have been added that focus on the intersection of student and young artist interests and Vermont workforce needs. As of 2019, GIV partners with nine Vermont colleges to hold eleven residential summer Institutes and two residential Winter Weekends serving over 500 young Vermonters each year. With contributions from many professionals, schools, business and organizational partners, the GIV Institutes harness the very best of Vermont’s resources to teach and inspire students to reach their full potential.
Since 1983, over 10,000 students and young artists have embraced the unique opportunity to deepen their educations through GIV, and GIV has become one of the longest-running Governor’s Schools in the country.