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Field Work Term is Bennington College's annual work-learning term during which students gain hands-on experience and test their classroom ideas in the world of work.

This photo contest brings those experiences  to life. Students use #FieldWorkTerm to share photos of themselves making, working, and learning to tell the story of their unique work exploration over Field Work Term.

Asad Malik ’19, a freshman at Bennington College, is co-creator of a new app that hopes to create a global “connected mind” when users share their thoughts and ideas.

The Bennington College team won the Best Student Team at the Vermont Hackathon Hack the Climate, run by HackVT. Rohail Altaf '17, Asad Malik '19, and Sarah Shames '17 created an app called Grow, which allows people within two miles to create a community cyber food market.

Students make news for their FWT jobs at cultural institutions: Carling Berkhout ’19 in The Manchester Journal about the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Sarah Jack ’17 in the Bennington Banner about Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, and Sam Wood ’19 in the Cape Cod Times about the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre.

Asad Malik ’19 began his Field Work Term in Libya and finished it in Silicon Valley, all in pursuit of his goal to effect social change through technology.

Two students were recently awarded the first two Fund for North Bennington College and Community Collaboration grants, which are intended to increase community benefits between the College and the Village of North Bennington.

In a partnership with the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE), In Short, the Minor opens at the North Bennington Train Depot and runs through the weekend.

Nush Laywhyee ’19 initially came to Bennington excited to study medicine. After a Field Work Term (FWT) experience at a hospital, however, he realized that it wasn’t for him.

When Bennington alumni mentor current students during Field Work Term (FWT), the time is invaluable to both. Alumni get to connect with the next generation of Bennington students, gaining new perspectives on their current projects. Students, in turn, get the opportunity to ask questions and form connections within the broader Bennington network.

"The next passenger should be coming in for secondary screening any moment now. You know the drill. Don’t take too long.”

When students in Richard MacPike’s Resisting the Stitch unwrapped the silk scarves they had dyed using arashi and itajime techniques, they were surprised by the results they found.  

Kendra Ouellette '19 is currently participating in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, which has set sail for a five-week voyage from Nassau, Bahamas to New York City.

Over spring break at the Village School of North Bennington (VSNB), Bennington students transformed the gymnasium into a hands-on science museum.

Asad Malik ’19 has been named a Top 10 Filmmaker to Watch in 2018 by The Independent.

From Off-Broadway premieres to local festivals, museum preservations, community choirs, and more, the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) provides funding and support to all types of artwork across the state.

AdWeek selected Asad Malik '19 as one of its 2018 Young Influentials, a selective group of 31 media, marketing, and tech talents who are innovating in fields from AR to Activism, Data to Diversity. 

If you’re looking for a good Halloween-time spook, check out these horror titles, all of which feature the work of Bennington alumni.

In preparation for the United States midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6, Bennington students, staff, and faculty have been collaborating on voter education and registration programs, encouraging college students and beyond to participate in the democratic process.

Mira Darham ’19 will exhibit her work at the Yellowstone Art Museum, the largest contemporary art museum in Montana, from January 25 - March 9, 2019.

This winter, a group of Bennington collaborators led by Asad J. Malik ’19 of 1RIC Studio are headed to Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers with a pioneering project poised to test the waters of a new storytelling medium. Their project is also the only New Frontiers submission helmed by undergraduates.

The three members of the acclaimed folk trio Mountain ManMolly Erin Sarlé ’12, Amelia Meath ’10, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig ’09—will address the class of 2019 at Bennington College’s 84th commencement dinner on Friday, May 31, at 7:00 pm on Commons Lawn. The event will be livestreamed.

Recently, students in Stephen Shapiro’s Insider Perspectives on the Francophone World II and Paris on Screen: Tradition and Modernity courses had the opportunity to meet with French filmmaker Alice Diop, whose documentary Towards Tenderness won the 2017 CÉSAR award for Best Short Film.

As the Robert Frost Stone House Museum opens for its second season under Bennington College’s stewardship, visitors to the property will be invited to reimagine Frost and his surrounding environment with (Im)Possibilities of Landscape, a senior curatorial work presented by Sophia Gasparro ’19.

Students in Mirka Prazak's Fall 2018 course Studying Place by Metes and Bounds were published in a special issue of the Bennington Museum's Walloomsack Review. 

At Bennington College, students studying Languages have the opportunity to apply their studies in the broader Bennington community by teaching languages and cultures—including Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish—at Bennington Elementary and the Village School of North Bennington (VSNB).

“In higher education, ceramics is often taught with a community-oriented spirit,” said Joshua Green ’81. “Students work together in a common space and in front of one another. They’ll put their works together in a kiln load that’s then fired collaboratively. Ceramics tends to draw in students who value community.”

Bennington College celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2019 at Commencement this year with the three members of the acclaimed folk trio Mountain Man: Molly Erin Sarlé ’12, Amelia Meath ’10, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig ’09, who shared their advice to their younger selves, spoke on the importance of balance and collaboration, and performed several songs.

On September 3, 2019, the Bennington community gathered to celebrate the start of the academic year and welcome over 180 new students to the College. 

Sam Mistry '19 discusses his Bennington experience and new internship at the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.

In October 2019, the National Gallery of Art became the first American art museum to invite six teams of data scientists and art historians to analyze, contextualize, and visualize its permanent collection data, an effort that culminated in “Coding Our Collection,” a two-day Datathon.