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Among the creative spaces in Bennington's 120,000-square-foot Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA) are labs and studios for ceramics, architecture, woodworking, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital arts, and more. The building is open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
On the western edge of campus, the Stickney Observatory houses a 16-inch computer-controlled telescope through which students observe the night skies over the Green Mountains.
Classes are discussion-based and invite a range of perspectives on the human experience.
Whether it’s being made in the Jennings Music Building or every place between, music permeates all corners of Bennington.
In Bennington's Word and Image Lab—Bennington's letterpress studio dedicated to the book—poetry and prose meet, and leap from, the page.
Whether in class or farther afield—be it rural Patagonia researching Mapuche medicine or North Bennington, Vermont, teaching elementary school children their first foreign language—Bennington students learn a language because they are working in it.
The Bennington campus provides ample opportunities for field study: 5 acres of farmland, 15 acres of wetlands, and 300 woodland acres including 80 species of trees.
VAPA’s theater spaces are the heart of Bennington drama. The Lester Martin Theater and Margot Tenney Theater offer students the scale and flexibility to realize their vision. In our fully equipped scene and costume shops, students are guided through the design and production process.
Fully equipped and flexible, the Martha Hill Dance Theater is among the largest sprung wood black box theaters in the U.S. It and the spacious, airy, naturally lit studios are available around the clock.
CAPA is housed in a state-of-the-art facility designed by award-winning architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. It blends the studio of the artist, the laboratory of the scientist, the think tank of the policymaker, and the town square of the citizen.