The Bennington Network
Bennington College, this fertile spot in southern Vermont, is a point of convergence for those want to collaborate and create, to make something new, to do what they never—or always—imagined.
Bennington College has had an enormous impact on the intellectual and cultural life of America. Dancers flocked to the College in the 1930s and 40s to chart the course of modern dance. In the 1940s and 50s, painters and sculptors gathered on its campus to redefine the visual arts canon. Always a fertile ground for writers, the 1980s and 90s saw an influx of young talent eager to push the boundaries of contemporary literature. Today, Bennington is a hub yet again, for artists, writers, scientists, scholars—innovators in every field—who want to apply their individual talents to addressing global issues of urgent concern.
Bennington’s best future lies in the hands of people who have experienced the power of a Bennington education firsthand, and who amplify it with their work in the world.
Notables and Influencers
Bennington alumni have been on the forefront of important innovations in many fields and have shaped our ways of looking at the world.
On the Rise
Bennington graduates are notably confident in their capacity to engage and succeed in the world because, at Bennington, learning and making are inseparable.
The spirit of collaboration informs Bennington’s student experiences, and that principle extends to our alumni with the launch of the Bennington Alumni Cooperative.
At Work in the World
From the outset, Bennington has been a destination for talent and an incubator for ideas that respond to, engage, and transform the world.
Bennington faculty are invited to bring into the classroom what is engaging them now, in the world and in their own practice as writers and artists and scientists and scholars.
Advancing Public Action
The Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) leverages the classroom as a new kind of studio for innovation and informed change.
We understand that the work students do in the world has a profound impact on the work they do on campus, and vice-versa, and our employers say the same.
Initiatives and Partnerships
Small by design, Bennington is constructed as a nimble laboratory for learning and teaching, where creativity and innovation are encouraged from students and faculty alike. Our flexible structures allow us to collaborate with a range of institutions, agencies, and individuals—in sustained or ad hoc ways. Here are a sampling of recent initiatives.