Vermont Arts: Amid Farms and Fields, World-Class Culture Flourishes

When conjuring a mental snapshot of Vermont, the pastoral landscape is often top of mind. Intrinsically tied to the land however, is an unassuming, and often unexpected wealth of inspired artisans and world-class arts venues. The Burlington, Lake Champlain and Green Mountain regions offer up a multitude of arts opportunities for every level of interest: from dabblers to pros, makers to collectors.

Today, Vermont’s downtowns and off-the-beaten-path arts hubs, shops and cafes offer a cultural immersion that is equal parts pride and pleasure. While Vermont is well known for its local beer and farm-to-plate offerings, it’s also home to a disproportionately high number of galleries, exhibition halls as well as unconventional venues and impromptu, pop-up arts offerings.

According to 2012 U.S. Census, Vermont ranks third in the nation for artists as a percentage of the workforce, second for fine artists and writers, and eighth for both musicians and photographers.

Both the breadth and depth of talented Vermont artists and the events that take place with the Green Mountains or Lake Champlain as their backdrops wholly enrich Vermont experiences.

Adding to the accolades, Vermont was recently named the “Artsiest State,” in the nation based on Artists Frame Service rankings of the state’s number of artists, museums and funding per capita. Even better yet, this wealth of talent is readily accessible! In Vermont, you can immerse yourself in the arts: learn directly from potters, painters, woodworkers and song-writers. There are hidden gems of live local music, galleries, museums and vintage art collections to explore as well as hands-on experiences and festivals.

The huge presence of the arts and artists are undeniably part of what has carved out this creative and welcoming, dance-to-your-own beat culture. The arts should – and arguably do – have the same allure as the state’s beloved landscape, its beer-food culture, its fall foliage and skiing.

Come see for yourself and be inspired to partake in Vermont arts!


Brickhouse Studios
Burlington City Arts/Firehouse Center for Visual Arts
Island Arts
Grand Isle Art Works & Zach’s Cafe at the Gallery


Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Lyric Theatre Company
Main Street Landing
Saint Michael’s College Playhouse
University of Vermont Lane Series
Vermont Shakespeare Company
Vermont Stage Company

Museums & Arts Events Venues

Birds of Vermont Museum
Burlington Farmer’s Market
Champlain Islands Farmers’ Market
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum & Historic Site
Fleming Museum of Art
Islands Center for Art & Recreation
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor
New England Via Vermont
Shelburne Museum
Vermont Granite Museum

Arts, “Made in Vermont” Tours & Attractions

Ben & Jerry’s – Ice Cream Factory Tour
Breakaway Farm
Burlington Brew Tours
Burlington Edible History Tour
Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Visitors Center
Lake Champlain Chocolates
UVM Morgan Horse Farm
Vermont Teddy Bear Company

Festivals & Performances

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
First Night Burlington, New Year’s Eve celebration
Haunted Forest, Halloween theatre
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
Vermont International Film Foundation & Festival
Vermont Maple Festival
Vermont Quilt Festival

Gifts, Crafts & “Made in Vermont” Shopping

Anjou & The Little Pear
April Cornell
AO Glass Works
The Back Chamber
(802) 372-5544
Bennington Potters North
Bittner Antiques
Champlain Leather
Common Deer
Green Frog Gifts & Clothing
(802) 372-5031
The Green Life
Hero’s Welcome General Store
Johnson Woolen Mills
Kiss the Cook
Lippa’s Jewelers
Old Mill Craft Shop/Jericho Historical Society
Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry
Sam’s Wood Furniture
SCHIPS Treasure Resale Shop
Silver by Tish Jewelry Design
(802) 372-5527
Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts/StarRoot Aromatherapy
Starboard Collection
Tick Tock Jewelers
Tinkers Barn Antiques
(802) 372-4754
Tradewinds Imports
Von Bargen’s Jewelry
Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace
Other Arts Spaces
Artsriot– music space
Burlington Paint and Sip Studio– paint studio
Higher Ground – concert venue
Nectar’s & Club Metronome – concert venue
North Hero House  – dinner theater

Colleges & Universities Offering Live Entertainment & Arts Events

Castleton State College
Community College of Vermont
Champlain College
Lyndon State College
Middlebury College
Saint Michael’s College
University of Vermont
Vermont Technical College


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