Are you an aspiring artist? Amplify your creativity at the Arts Institute!

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June 26th - July 10th at Castleton University

“Being a part of GIA has helped to shape me and give me a sense of direction and control in my own life.”

Join us for 2 weeks of in-depth artistic inquiry as we create a dynamic, holistic community.


Together, we will build a vibrant artistic community, bringing together outstanding professional teaching artists and curious, motivated students to explore the processes of creativity.


**GIA is a 2-week intensive summer program for Vermont high school students finishing grades 9-11.

At this Institute you will:

  • Discover new techniques, strategies, and contexts for your favorite artistic medium
  • Experiment with new media and professional-grade supplies
  • Network with professional teaching artists and learn about their artistic practices
  • Make friends with like-minded artistic peers from all over the state
  • Learn about college, art school, and a life in the arts (whether you’re looking for a career or just as a part of life)
  • Unleash your unique talents and hone your original voice

The biggest and best known of the Governor’s Institutes, the Arts Institute has helped shape the trajectories and artistic visions of thousands of students, including world-famous musicians, actors, and artists. We don’t promise you’ll end up famous – but we promise you’ll have an amazing two weeks of fun, learning, and inspiration and leave with a whole new perspective and commitment to your art.

So How does it all Work?


Choose from a menu of dozens of expert-led courses in film, visual arts, music, dance, writing, theater, and other media, then immerse yourself in two of your top class selections.

**Classes are different each year and announced when you arrive!

Outside of class, your time is filled with engaging workshops led by community members–teachers, staff, and you! Always wanted to learn… beatboxing? Salsa dance? Ukulele? Or teach… Pastel techniques? Adobe Premiere Pro? Haiku?

GIA’s open workshop format is endlessly enriching, empowering, and engaging.

Want More? Check out these videos!

Daily Schedule

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM: Community Meeting
9:15 AM – 9:50 AM: Community Chorus
9:50 AM – 12:00 PM: Morning Class
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Workshops
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Class
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Workshops / Specials
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner
7:30 PM: Artist Series
9:45 PM: Suite Check-in
10:30 PM: Lights Out

Watch the Video

Classes & Offerings:


Whether or not you take a music class, you’ll be surrounded by music at GIA. Chorus in the morning will have you singing and dancing all day long. Classes often include songwriting, choir, group or individual composition. Musicians will grow personally and artistically as they learn to write their own music, collaborate with others, and have ample opportunity to perform on stage! Jam sessions abound, and many a GIA band has formed and performed in a mere 2 weeks.

Check out these VIDEOS or listen to GIA on Bandcamp

Visual Arts

Over two weeks, our visual artists overflow the gallery with original works. We offer classes in a range of mediums–both 2D and 3D. Our drawing or painting classes include AND move beyond the boundaries of traditional practices. We work with nude models, we use weird tools, we work with our eyes closed, we work BIG and small. We work representationally AND abstractly. Our goal is to break you out of your comfort zone and provide you with some non-traditional approaches to visual arts!

Watch: Visual Arts at GIA

Theater Arts

Theater performance classes will develop characters, scenes, and emotions that translate to the stage. Past classes included Improv ensembles, clowning, individual character and scene work. You’ll learn new theater exercises and games that hone your skills and help you work with others. Non-performance theater classes have included mask-making, stage prosthetics/makeup, and our infamous lighting classes which–beyond creating amazing projects–offer the opportunity to light professional performances in the evening!

Meet one of our GIA theater faculty alums – Isaac Eddy

Dance (not offered online in 2021)

All ability levels are welcome in our dance classes (and all of our classes for that matter). Unlike conservatory classes, or Ballet 1, 2, or 3, our classes are centered around movement and self-awareness. We learn how to express ourselves, ask questions, and have fun through movement. We often have one class involving choreography (both developing your own and learning others’) and one that delves into experiential and authentic movement.

Watch: Dance at GIA


We offer classes where writers can engage deeply with their craft. Creative writing classes in the past have included fiction, narrative, poetry, lyric writing, playwriting, and some with a mix of everything. Our writers are given the opportunity to write for the page, and are also encouraged to share their work through readings and performances, both in classroom settings and amongst the larger community.

Our writing students often find themselves Filled with Inspiration

Film & Digital Media

Film, photography, and digital media arts are so ubiquitous in our world that they have also become an integral part of our curriculum. Students make anything from narrative or informational films to abstract and multimedia projects. In Castleton University’s fully equipped TV studio with green screen and editing suite, there’s no shortage of possibilities! With access to the Adobe suite, our digital artists have created photoshop stills and animations, utilizing photography and traditional art mediums.

Check out these student-made VIDEOS

The Artist Series

Every night we enjoy unique evening performances by musicians, illustrators, sculptors, comedians, theater troops, dancers, filmmakers, poets, songwriters, creators, and collaborators. You will see local artists, alums, faculty & staff performing on the BIG STAGE at the Castleton University Fine Arts Center. The Artist Series is the highlight of our evenings, where we come together to be inspired, to ask thoughtful questions, and to expose ourselves to many different artists and artistic genres.

Watch: Artist Series at GIA

Meet some of our Professional Teaching Artists of the past few years

Janice Amaya | Collaborative Theatremaking

Janice Amaya (they/them) is an actor, theatermaker, and organizer based in New York City and Boston, MA. There they have been working for years with organizations such as Performance Space New York, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Pipeline Theatre Company, and the American Repertory Theater. They are also a founding member of The Hummm, a theater collective whose aim is to democratize the experimental. Currently they are touring and leading virtual engagements with CARTOGRAPHY, a show that combines simple storytelling with interactive video technology to recount experiences of modern-day migration from a youth perspective and empowers viewers of all ages to share their experiences of searching for home. Janice holds an MFA from both the Moscow Art Theater and Harvard University.

Hilary Clark | Dance

Hilary Clark is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, performing in pivotal experimental dance and theater based work, touring nationally and internationally. She received a New York Dance and Performance Award (2008) for her work with Tere O’Connor (2004–2014), Luciana Achugar (2005–2015), and Fiona Marcotty. She has also worked with Luke George, Jen Rosenblit, Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Young Jean Lee Theater Company, Jon Kinzel, Larissa Velez Jackson, Keyon Gaskin, and Gerard and Kelly.

As a 2015 Artist in Residence at collective address (NYC), she explored the role and work of the dancer as well as developing Duet for/with/including Jen. Her solo, Accessories of Protection, premiered at Danspace Project (2012), her work as a performer and choreographer is documented in Jenn Joy’s book The Choreographic (MIT, 2014). Clark has taught at Chunky Move (Australia), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Pacific NorthWest College of Art (Oregon), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA) and Movement Research (NYC). She is the director of Citrine Pilates &Wellness in Brooklyn, NY and is currently a teaching fellow and MFA candidate at Bennington College.

Isaac Eddy | Collaborative Theater

Isaac Littlejohn Eddy lives in Johnson, VT with his wife, writer and Chinese environmental policy expert, Lucia Green-Weiskel, their two daughters, their dog, and 7 hens. He received his BA in film studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. For twelve years, Isaac performed with Blue Man Group in New York City, Chicago, London, and Las Vegas. With the production he helped cast and train Blue Men, captain casts, write material, and perform nightly in the show. Isaac is also a founding member of the immersive theater group, Fixed Agency, that had a residency at the BLDG92 museum in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2014 and presented their work entitled “Private(i)” at the Brooklyn BEAT festival that year.

Isaac is an Assistant Professor of Theater and Drama at Northern Vermont University Johnson. On the campus’ main stage Isaac has directed Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakepseare, a devised immersive piece adapted from Sophocles’ Antigone, and Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn. Isaac has led workshops and lectured on improv, acting, and devised experimental theater at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, TEDx Battenkill, NYU TISCH, the University of Michigan, and the Governor’s Institute on the Arts of Vermont.

Isaac is also a writer and a cartoonist and has been published in the New Yorker and in the weekly newspaper, The Herald of Randolph, Vermont. He makes animated documentary shorts for Time Magazine and has a non-fiction multi-panel series about the people that live and work in his neighborhood published in the New York Times’ Brooklyn blog, “The Local.” Isaac also created and animated the online series, “Cat, Dog, Stoop.”

Myra Flynn | Songwriting

Singer/songwriter Myra Flynn spends her career embracing dichotomy. Half Irish and half African American, her original indie/soul songs blend soulful vocals with a lyrical delivery that doesn’t let one get too comfortable. As the New England Deli Magazine puts it, “Her vocal influences have as much in common with Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin as they do with Rihanna and Jill Scott.” Flynn spent her Vermont childhood clad in leopard print and platform shoes, singing and dancing atop anything that looked remotely like a stage. These days, not much has changed. Currently, Myra Flynn lives a bi-coastal life, still holding onto her roots in Vermont half of her year while also working and living part-time in Los Angeles under the guidance of Swift Street Management Team. She has created a jewelry line made from recycled piano parts and recently partnered with Vermont Vineyard Shelburne Vineyard to create a namesake wine: FLYNN. She has toured the United States countless times as well as: Whales, London, Ireland and most frequently, Australia. Her motto regarding next steps and fame tends to be: “If you’re doing it, you’ve already made it.”

Lillie Harris | Cartooning

Lillie J. Harris is a Cartoonist and Illustrator from Clinton, Maryland. They are currently based in Vermont after graduating from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2021. Lillie’s work has been in both The New Yorker and Burlington City Arts Gallery, and the first volume of their debut graphic novel, ‘Wilderness’ is being sold through Radiator Comics. Themes of tension and empathy play a large role in Lillie’s work.

Candace Hope | Digital Media

Candace Hope is a documentary photographer and producer based in Western Massachusetts.

She studied photography at Phoenix College and The International Center for Photography. Her work has been published by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Take Magazine, The Valley Advocate, and Imbibe Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at the Sharon Arts Center, the Vermont Center for Photography, ASSEMBLE Northampton, and the Northampton Center for the Arts. She is a recipient of the Western Mass Creative awards for her work with SHOFCO, a humanitarian non-profit based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her most recent project, Ending the Silence: #metoo, was awarded a visual arts grant from the Northampton Arts Council and was exhibited at the Northampton Center for the Arts in October 2019.

In addition to her work as a photographer, Candace has extensive experience leading teams of designers, developers, illustrators, animators, copywriters and brand strategists to achieve award-winning outcomes on complex creative projects. She has managed teams working on websites, ad campaigns, capital campaigns, product packaging, brand identity, animation, and more.

Kathryn Kerr | Painting

Kathryn Kerr received a B.F.A. in painting from Cooper Union in 2004 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University School of Art in 2018. She has taught drawing and printmaking at the Yale School of Art and the Yale Norfolk Program. She has given lectures on her work at Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien in Austria and at Middlebury College in Vermont. Recent exhibitions include a two-person show at The Boom Boom Room in Brooklyn and group shows at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer in Vienna and Magenta Plains in New York City. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Shandaken Project, NY; Palazzo Stabile in Italy; and Tilleard Projects in Lamu, Kenya.

Robin MacArthur | Writing

Robin MacArthur is a writer, teacher and activist who lives on the land where she grew up in Marlboro, Vermont. She is the author of two books of fiction–(Half Wild: a collection of short stories, and Heart Spring Mountain: a novel)–both of which are about home, belonging, wildness, and growing up in these green mountains. She is the founder of Word House, a fledgling literary arts organization in Brattleboro, is one half of the indie-folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, and, when not teaching or writing or strumming the guitar, can be found than traipsing around the woods with her half-wild children.

Estefania Puerta | Drawing

Estefania Puerta is a visual artist and educator based in Vermont. She got her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2018 and currently teaches Studio Art at Middlebury College. She works in different media including sculpture, painting, drawing, and performance art. Her most recent show was at the BCA Center in 2020 and she is working towards a forthcoming solo show at SITUATIONS Gallery in NYC for September. Aside from artist work, Estefania is passionate about social justice issues and being in the woods with her two dogs and partner.

Cailin Manson | Music Performance

Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone and conductor, a Philadelphia native, has toured as a performer and master teacher at major concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with many organizations, including the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Taipei Philharmonic, Bayerische Staatsoper – Münchner Opernfestspiele, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, Konservatorium Oslo, and the Conservatoire de Luxembourg.

He has also been a guest cantor and soloist at some of the world’s most famous churches and cathedrals, including Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, and La Madeleine in Paris, San Marco in Venice, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, San Salvatore in Montalcino, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, and Wieskirche in Steingaden.

Cailin has held positions as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, Music Director of the Vorarlberger Musikfest, Music Director and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Symphony of Atlantic City, Chair of Vocal Studies at the Hazleton Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and as a member of the voice faculty of both the Napoli School of Music and Dance and Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary.

Cailin is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, presenter, panelist, and adjudicator for conventions, conferences, competitions, and music festivals. Cailin studied voice performance at Temple University, and opera performance and orchestral conducting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Cavan Meese | Paper and Light

Cavan Meese got his start in theater at an early age with the Bread and Puppet Theater and in performances at schools, libraries, clubs, festivals and small theaters around the country with his family. Cavan is an alumni of the Governor’s Institute on the Arts and first studied lighting design and television production at Castleton State College. He went on to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he studied theater arts and apprenticed with lighting designers and directors at the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Arden Theater, Pig Iron Theater, and others. Cavan has designed for Anais Mitchell (Hadestown), Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, Phish, Vermont Stage Company, Lost Nation Theater, The Barre Opera House, Kingdom County Productions (The Voices Project Tour), Ryno Fest, The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival, and toured extensively as both a performer and lighting technician. Cavan is founder of The Parker Pie Company and the Village Hall barn stage in West Glover.

Sara Peattie | Parade & Puppetry

Sara Peattie is a professional puppet artist who works with The Puppeteers’ Cooperative, a group of artists and musicians creating giant puppet pageants and parades, Hi-Art videos, Puppaganda; for mini street shows; the Back Alley Puppet Theater, which creates parades and parade puppets in the Boston area; and the Puppet Free Libraries, which lend puppets, banners, and masks to people and institutions in the New York and Boston areas.

The Puppeteers’ Cooperative Home Page: ( is a popular resource on the web, and its booklet “68 Ways to Make Really Big Puppets: a Patternbook of Parades and Pageants” has been translated into German and Spanish.

Eva von Schweinitz | Film

Eva is an interdisciplinary theater artist and filmmaker whose work combines performance, media, and storytelling. She was born in Germany and has lived in the United States since 2008, but never got rid of her accent. Her films, both documentary and narrative, have screened at festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and others around the world. Eva is fascinated with the boundary between the analog and the digital, and between the fictional and the real. Her work often invites the audience to apply their own imagination, making them active parts of the storytelling process. As a video and sound designer, Eva has worked with New York theater companies and artists including Elevator Repair Service, Sibyl Kempson, Eliza Bent, Sarah Hughes, and Superhero Clubhouse. Furthermore, Eva has worked as a movie projectionist for about 15 years. When you turn around in your seat at the movie theater and look back to where the image on the screen is coming from, that’s where she is, up in the booth, pushing buttons and threading up the film in the projector.

MacArthur Stine | Production Manager

MacArthur Stine moved to Vermont as a 2-year old with a bindle full of dreams and a golden retriever named Annie. He spent his youth tramping the forests of Cornwall Vermont and can still often be found meandering amongst the maples. Since high school he has been active both on and backstage. A graduate of the Second City Conservatory, he founded a sketch group, Sassafrass Productions, worked at the Steppenwolf Scene Shop, and ran a successful standup showcase. Following his move back to Vermont in ’09, he immediately left to work for FELD Entertainment as a touring Props Master, Pyrotechnician and Assistant Stage Manager for both Mickey Mouse and Phineas and Ferb. For the last few years he has been the Director of Technical Services at Castleton University, providing lights, sound and other sundries for too many acts to mention. He is the lucky spouse of Haley Rice and proud father to two year old, Keaton Stine. He is super excited to be involved with GIA and hopes you are too!

Corey Harrower | Institute Director (member of the Radministration)

Corey grew up in a log cabin in the woods of Middlesex, Vermont. After graduating from Wesleyan University he became a professional contemporary dancer, while also mixing in some carpentry, teaching, cooking, arts administration, emergency medicine, conflict resolution, and educational advocacy. He is now the Chief People Officer at ROLI, a music technology company, headquartered in London, UK, where he lives with his wife, Kate, and their daughters, Hazel (6) and Willa (3).  He is inspired by the work of, among others, Toni Morrison, Noella Coursaris Musunka, James Baldwin, and Cary Wolfe.

Malina Leslie | Assistant Director (member of the Radministration)

Malina Leslie is a red-headed giggler who graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in English and Art. She fuses the two together to make comics, varying in length from one panel to entire graphic essays. She worked for cartoonist Alison Bechdel on her comic book “Are You My Mother” and is currently the Head of People for ROLI in NYC. She has lived for significant chunks of time on four of the seven continents and has gotten really good at decorating envelopes because of it. Originally from Hardwick, Vermont, she attended GIA as a student and is always thrilled to return!

Sam Abrams | RA

Sam returns for our virtual institute as a fourth year RA! A GIA participant herself in 2010, Sam was a student at The Sharon Academy where she participated regularly in the performing arts, especially theatre. She was a member of the Get Thee to the Funnery summer Shakespeare ensemble for many a moon! She went on to attend Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she expanded upon her experience with sketch comedy, writing for performance, dance, a capella and poetry. In addition to being a fan of the arts and community building, Sam is also a globetrotter, having lived in four states and three countries. She is currently living as a digital nomad in Colombia, where she helps lead the customer support department at a tech company. She cannot wait to meet and grow with this year’s fabulous artists!

Emily Billado | RA

Emily C. Billado is just your average art loving, coffee drinking, theatre enthusiast who was born and raised in Castleton, VT. While she left for the big city (Washington D.C.) for 5 years, she eventually had to follow the call of New England’s mountains and relocated closer to home in Amherst, MA. When she isn’t working as a college admissions counselor, she can be found exploring museums (virtually as of late!), making music, reading plays, or sewing! GIA is the highlight of her year and she can’t wait to be inspired and learn from some amazing young artists!

Amanda Dixon | RA

Amanda grew up in Upstate NY and has spent most of her life outside. When she’s not outside with her Newfoundland pup Mimi (pictured) she can often be found getting crafty. She enjoys cross-stitching, sketching, working with watercolor, making cards, and sewing. She is working to improve her sewing skills so that she can tailor and alter clothes! If she’s not crafting she could very well be baking. She loves to mix flavors together and has been perfecting her vegan cookbook for years. Her current favorite flavor combination is lavender and lemon. She also loves to read and write and takes pride in being a Nancy Drew aficionado and a list-making fiend. Her most recent project has been navigating the world of law school. She was accepted into Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. This fall she will begin her journey to become an environmental lawyer!

Casey Greenleaf | RA

Casey Greenleaf is a singer-songwriter, producer, activist, and community organizer from Brattleboro, Vermont. After graduating high school, she went to study Cultural Anthropology at Northeastern University in Boston, where she had the chance to wear many hats among the rich art scene there, working at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Huntington Theatre Company, music-directing the award-winning acapella group “Pitch, Please!”, and playing shows around the city with her former band, Mutual Friends. She’s taught summer chorus & theatre programs in Southern Vermont and is the founder of “Familiar Strangers” – a national arts gathering that helped artists maintain creative connection throughout the pandemic. When she’s not staring at her digital audio workstation she can be found cooking, meditating, writing, hiking, or dancing. Casey is beyond excited to return to GIA for the first time since attending as a student in 2014!

Lydia Kern | RA

Lydia Kern is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Burlington,Vermont. Her studio work primarily consists of sculpture and installation, exploring how relationships between objects, space, and light embody emotional ephemera. Her practice has led her to dumpsters, compost piles, thrift stores, free boxes, fabric stores, and florist shops, for the sake of creating spacious visual metaphors. Lydia has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, the Lab Program in Mexico City, the Generator, and New City Galerie. She graduated from the University of Vermont with bachelor’s degrees in social work and studio art, and worked on the curatorial and installation team of New City Galerie, an artist-run residency space and gallery from 2015-2018. Lydia is a part of the artist team behind the project GESTURES, a platform for creating more equitable and affordable art collecting. Lydia currently works for Homebase Inc., a small organization that supports adults with disabilities. In her free time, Lydia enjoys pickling vegetables, roller skating, and bird watching.

Aja Selbach-Broad | RA

Aja Selbach-Broad is a filmmaker currently living and working in central NY. After Growing up in the woods of Southern VT and attending GIA as a student many moons ago; Aja followed his passion for filmmaking to Syracuse University where he received a BFA in Film, and to FAMU international in Prague in the Czech Republic where he studied 35mm. Between smaller and more personal artistic endeavors, Aja works full time as a set lighting technician on feature films. Aside from his work he also loves to watch movies of any kind, binge read fantasy and sci-fi, listen to music that sounds like breaking machinery, ride his onewheel and have a nice cup of pg tips English tea. He truly cannot wait to spend the summer returning to his roots and helping to try and pass on the artistic passion to young artists in his home state of VT.

Got Questions?

What do the days and weeks look like?

In general, GIA days follow the same structure as a typical day though every day has tons of new, different and exciting workshops, specials, performance and more. The exceptions is the middle Sunday which is unique.

Where is GIA held and what are the facilities like?

GIA occurs on the campus of Castleton University in Castleton, VT. We have full use of their gorgeous, state-of-the-art Fine Arts Center and we also occupy dormitories, eat at their dining hall, and hang out in a number of the campus green spaces. We have a wonderful, long-standing, respectful relationship with Castleton’s campus and employees and we’re excited to welcome you into this environment and relationship.

Where do I live — and with whom?

You’ll share a room in a dorm at Castleton University with a roommate. Your room will be part of a small group of rooms (a suite) with a common space in the middle. You’ll have an RA who lives in your suite with you and your suite-mates, who’ll be an awesome, friendly resource for you to navigate GIA smoothly and safely. You’ll also have other RAs in your classes, so there will be lots of cool folks to connect with, befriend and answer questions! The community aspect is as important as the arts at GIA.

What's in my room when I arrive?

Each student gets their own bed, dresser, closet (though without hangers so bring some if you need them), desk and chair. There is an overhead light so feel free to bring a lamp and/or fan if that makes things feel more comfortable.

Can I choose my roommate?

Nope, we try our best to room you with someone you don’t know, actually. GIA is all about meeting new people and connecting with other VT artists from around the state in one big community. And, believe it or not, there’s so much to do that we don’t really spend that much time in our rooms except for all that necessary sleeping!

How do I know what classes I'm in?

You’ll find out the class options for this year on Sunday when you arrive. You’ll have a chance to meet all the faculty and hear a little about every class. On Sunday night you’ll pick some classes that you’d be interested in taking, and on Monday morning (once we’ve tried our best to get everyone into at least one—and often two—of their most desired classes) you’ll find out which classes you’ve gotten in to. They are all great choices, so you can’t really go wrong in picking! To get a sense of classes that are offered, check out our CLASSES & OFFERINGS section above, and visit the different options.

Can I take two classes with the same teacher?

Nope—and why would you? All of our faculty is fantastic and we want you to get a chance to learn from as many of them as possible, both in class and out. See our Faculty & Staff above to get a sense of the GIA team!

I am a vegetarian/vegan/have another dietary restriction. Will this be a problem?

No, it shouldn’t be. The cafeteria works hard to have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc., options available for us. If you’re concerned, let a member of staff know when you arrive and we’ll make sure you don’t go hungry.

Can I arrive early?

No, we ask that everyone arrive on the first Sunday during scheduled registration (1:30 pm — 3:30 pm). If you are struggling to find a ride to GIA, let us know and we’ll try to connect you with another student coming from your area.

Can I leave early?

No, all students participate in the entire duration of the institute. We work very hard to structure a holistic experience and the final hours are some of the most important. If you’re concerned about a conflict, please contact us.

I have a conflict on a day during the institute. Is it possible for me to leave briefly and then return?

Nope. We ask that you commit to the full experience for the duration of the institute, so we can’t have folks leaving during the GIA. We also find it is disruptive to more than just your experience (your classes, suite mates, room mate) which is another reason why we don’t allow it.

What kind of shoes should I bring?

Every day you will walk the 8 minutes to and from the student dorms and the Fine Arts Center multiple times. This walk will seem like nothing after day one but it's important that you bring comfortable shoes, especially for the parade day. There are also times to dress up for Artist Series and performances so feel free to bring some fun pumps, glittery heels or your furry slippers(!). Other questions? See our list of what to bring.

I forgot something! Can my parent/guardian drop it off to me?

If you forgot something, no worries, we just ask that parents/guardians drop it off to us at the Fine Arts Center Box Office and we will be sure that it gets to you.

Can I drive myself to the institute?

You may drive yourself to the institute, however, once you arrive you may not return to your car (even to get something out of it) until the institute finishes on the final Sunday. We don’t collect your keys because we trust you. So just get everything that you need out of your car when you arrive and then lock it up for two weeks.

I won't have a cell phone—how do I call home?

If you need to call home but don’t have the means, just come by the Box Office and you’re always welcome to make a call from our phone.

Do I need to bring money to the institute?

You absolutely do NOT need to bring money, GIA does sell T-shirts and sweatshirts at registration and the final day.

Is there a place on campus where I can buy food/supplies/etc.?

We eat in the Dining Hall three times a day. If you think you'll be hungry more often than that, you may want to pack some extra snacks. There are some vending machines (though they are not always stocked) in the dorms, so feel free to bring dollar bills and quarters. Students are expected to bring what they need BUT, if you run out of shampoo, etc., please let us know and we can always help you out.

Can I send and receive snail mail at GIA?

You betcha! Outgoing mail gets dropped off at the Fine Arts Center box office (you’ll know where this is) and incoming mail will arrive each morning in the gallery near the office.

The address to send mail to GIA is:

Governor’s Institute on the Arts
c/o Castleton University
Fine Arts Center Box Office
Castleton, VT 05735

Can you imagine two weeks surrounded by a community of Vermonters who love art as much as you do?

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