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Art Resource Association Communal Art Exhibit

City Center, 89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

Rotating art exhibits of various media displayed throughout the ground floor of City Center.

The Art Resource Association is an organization of Central Vermont artists whose goal is to promote and support its member artists. As part of that mission, we regularly hold group shows in venues in the Central Vermont area. We also provide a monthly, rotating exhibit at the City Center in Montpelier which is available for solo and group shows. Through the Phil Osgatharp Scholarship fund, we award need-based fellowships for the Vermont Artist Week at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson and classes at Studio Place Arts in Barre. We believe in art - that it makes our world a better place and that it needs to be shared.

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Capital City Concerts
World-class Classical Chamber Music
PO Box 622, Montpelier, VT 05601

Capital City Concerts presents classical chamber music concerts performed by some of the world's finest musicians, in collaboration with outstanding Vermont artists. Performers have included The Paris Piano Trio, the Borromeo, Talich, and Ying String Quartets, violinists Jaime Laredo, Laurie Smukler, and Eugene Drucker from the Emerson String Quartet. Founded in 2000 by Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra, we bring the passion and beauty of classical music combined with the warmth of our audience to Montpelier, the heart of Vermont. The primary venue for most concerts is the acoustically-superior sanctuary of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.

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Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre St, Montpelier, VT 05602

The Center for Arts and Learning is committed to enhancing the cultural life of central Vermont through its founding member organizations, as well as embracing individual artists, musicians and other nonprofits in a collaborative and welcoming community. CAL is an inclusive venue for small performances, rehearsals, classes, rental studios and events which strengthens its place as our capital city’s primary arts and education center. Founding members are Monteverdi Music School, River Rock School and T.W.Wood Gallery. “We are all in this together, exchanging time and talents. What could be better than that?” – Heather Kralik, Onion River Exchange.

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Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio
18 Langdon Street 3rd Floor/ P.O. Box 1182 Montpelier, VT 05601

Offering dance and fitness classes since 1973 in a supportive community for people ages 3 thru 70+: Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet, Capoeira, Musical Theater Dance, Hip Hop, B-Boys, B-Girls, Yoga and more. Annual May performances at the Barre Opera House; Summer Camp; Faculty and Student Works in Progress showings fall and spring.

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City Hall Showcases

39 Main Street, City Hall, Montpelier, VT 05602    802- 229-9416

Stroll through the main lobby of City Hall for changing displays of local artists. Also, enjoy displays of historic photographs from the 1927 flood, Dewey Day in 1899, The U.S.S  Montpelier and more.

Farmers Night Concert Series
Vermont State House 
Montpelier, VT 05602

The Farmers Night Concert Series is a longstanding State House tradition.  Artists from around the state, in genres ranging from classical music to bluegrass to barbershop, perform in the well of the House Chamber each Wednesday night during the legislative session, January-April. All performances are Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm in the House Chamber. Stay tuned for 2016 schedule.

Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio
18 Langdon Street 3rd Floor/ P.O. Box 1182 Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 229-4676

Offering Dance and Fitness classes since 1973 in a supportive community for people ages 3 thru 70+Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet, Capoeira, Musical Theater Dance, Hip Hop, B-Boys B-Girls, Yoga and more. Annual May performances at the Barre Opera House; Summer Camp; Faculty and Student Works in Progress showings Fall and Spring.


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Green Mountain Film Festival

P.O. Box 901, Montpelier, VT 05601-0901

The Green Mountain Film Festival brings our audience on a trip around the world every March. Located in downtown Montpelier, we host discussions, Q&A’s, and film screenings with special guests. The Festival is proud to work with a number of local businesses and other non-profits. We are proud to be a part of Montpelier. In addition to our annual festival, we host screenings and discussions throughout the year. GMFF is more than films - we are a community.

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Kellogg-Hubbard Library
135 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

For over a century, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been at the heart of our communities: Preserving yesterday, informing today, and inspiring tomorrow. The library promotes life-long learning with books and other materials as well as many diverse programs for children and adults. Our beautiful building was built in 1894 and the Kitzmiller Room on the second floor houses three beautiful replicas of historical friezes: One from the Parthenon, and two from the cathedral in Florence. 

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Lost Nation Theater

39 Main Street-City Hall, Montpelier, VT 05602 

Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier’s award-winning Resident Professional Company since 1989, presents an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary plays (April – October), as well as many other special events (November – March). Their 150-seat chamber theater within Montpelier City Hall Auditorium provides a wonderfully intimate environment to experience both the emotional intensity of drama and the interactive hilarity of comedy. Professional theater artists from all over the country combine with Vermont’s best to create high-quality shows with ingeniously innovative production values at an affordable price. Find yourself at Lost Nation! Theater with heart---in the heart of Vermont!    

Montpelier Chamber Orchestra
MCO, PO Box 272, Montpelier, VT 05601

The mission of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra is to inspire and enrich Central Vermont musicians and audiences of all ages through performances of new and traditional chamber orchestra repertory. From its beginning, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra has offered performing opportunities for talented string players in the Central Vermont area. The MCO has grown from a small committed group of 12 string players to a full chamber orchestra. In addition to works from the standard repertoire, the MCO has performed new works by Vermont composers and others, including Michael Close, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Gwyneth Walker and Mary Lou Newmark. Visit the MSO website to learn more about their performance schedule. 

Montpelier Contra Exchange Dance
6612 VT-12, Berlin, VT 05602

Contradancing on the second Saturday of every month at the Capital City Grange, 8–11:30 p.m.  ​All dances taught; you do not have to bring a partner. ​ Every evening will have zesty New England contras with great bands and callers, plus an opportunity to learn a new dance skill or different type of dance — swing, blues, waltz, English, Scandinavian, etc. The Exchange is an inclusive, intentional community for all.  We strive to foster a welcoming, respectful, comfortable and vibrant dance atmosphere.
Montpelier Contra Dance Umbrella Dance
6612 VT-12, Berlin, VT 05602

​​Contradancing on the first, third, and fifth Saturday of every month at the Capital City Grange, 8–11 p.m. Contradancing is done to live music: New England jig, reels, and more. All dances are taught by the caller; no need to bring a partner. Dances are done in lines of couples of all ages. Each couple follows the calls, dancing with another couple. By the end of the dance you have danced with everyone in your set. We are a friendly and open community — whoever you are, we invite you to come share the joy of dancing with us! 

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Savoy Theater / Art-House Cinema 

26 Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602 

The Savoy Theater is Vermont’s quintessential Art-House Cinema, with two screens showing the best in independent and foreign films since 1981. In addition to regular weekly offerings, the theater hosts local, regional and national special events featuring filmmakers in attendance or Skype Q&A sessions. The theater is also a perfect facility to rent for conference, business, personal meetings and parties with reasonable rates and state of the art technology. We offer a selection of traditional and craft concession items, including craft beers, excellent wine choices and the best organic popcorn with real butter of any theater in Vermont!

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The Front Art Gallery 
6 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

The Front is a co-operative gallery directed by the artist Glen Coburn Hutcheson. Local members: Sculptors Janet Van Fleet, John Matusz, Jesse Cooper, and Clara Kazarov, painters Alana LaPoint, Janet Wormser, Emily Hoffman, James Secor, Hope Sharp, and Melora Kennedy, design/builder Ben Cheney, photographer Maayan Kasimov, and collage artist Deluxe Unlimited. Many members work in multiple disciplines. Members share staffing duties to keep the gallery open as much as possible; regular hours are Friday 5-8, Saturday 11-8, and by appointment.


T.W. Wood Art Gallery and Museum  
46 Barre Street, Montpelier, Vt 05602 

Located in historic downtown Montpelier, the T.W. Wood Gallery is a destination for art lovers, artists and tourists. Founded in 1895, the Gallery has a large permanent collection of the artwork of Thomas Waterman Wood, a native son of Montpelier, and his contemporaries. In addition, the Gallery has a collection of artwork from the Federal Works in Progress Administration (WPA) collection, and regularly exhibits contemporary artwork of Vermont artists. The mission of the T.W. Wood Gallery is to preserve our artistic heritage and to bring the best of today's art to Central Vermont. No admission fee, so stop by!


USS Montpelier Museum
City Hall, 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

We are located on the Second Floor of City Hall in the Capital City of Vermont. Come in and experience our Naval History of the ships that are named Montpelier. We are open year-round during regular business hours, and if you need assistance, just ask anyone in City Hall. 

Montpelier, the birth place of Admiral George Dewey, has been a sea town without shores since the 1800's. The ships that have carried our City's name served our country well, achieving highest honors, both above and beneath the waves. Montpelier is proud of its naval tradition and those who have served on them.

The first U.S.S. Montpelier was a German ship that was seized in 1917. It provided logistical services to the Navy by transporting troops and supplies during World War 1.

The second U.S.S. Montpelier, CL-57, a Cleveland Class Light Cruiser, known as the "Monty" or "Legend of the Solomons", fought fiercely and bravely in the Pacific Campaign during World War 2, receiving 13 battle stars; it was the victim of numerous Japanese Kamakazi attacks during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in November of 1944.

Today, the newest U.S.S. Montpelier, SSN-765, patrols and protects our democracy as one of the most modern and stealth crusaders of the undersea. The Los Angeles Class Nuclear Attack Submarine, commissioned in 1993, has received numerous Efficiency awards and has been awarded the Naval Citation Unit in its short existence. Our ship is equipped with the most sophisticated weaponry known to mankind today. The Montpelier name, affixed to the hulls of these great vessels, has crisscrossed the oceans of the world both in war and peace, serving our country, protecting our freedom, with outstanding performance and diligence.

Vermont Arts Council
36 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-6001

Vermont Arts 2015 is a year-long celebration highlighting the stunning array of arts events, concerts, festivals, exhibits and openings that will occur all across the state.

The Council's mission is to advance and preserve the arts at the center of Vermont communities. Since 1965, the Vermont Arts Council has been the State's primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont.
Vermont Arts Council Gallery and Sculpture Garden

The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services maintain an exhibit of outdoor sculpture in the Council's Sculpture Garden. The garden is located at the Council offices at 134-136 State Street in Montpelier, next door to the Capital Region Visitors Center, and is fully accessible.

The Sculpture Garden is a public/private collaboration that features rotating two-year exhibits of contemporary sculpture created by Vermont artists. Designed in 2002 by Burlington landscape architects H. Keith Wagner and Associates, it offers a place to picnic or engage in quiet reflection in Montpelier's downtown.

Vermont Crafts Council
104 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
PO Box 938, Montpelier VT 05601 

The Vermont Crafts Council hosts many great events including Open Studio Weekend a few times a year. Spend a weekend in Montpelier and enjoy Open Studio Weekend in Central Vermont. Here is a link to local studios:

Vermont Supreme Court Gallery
111 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

State Curator's Office manages three gallery spaces in the Capitol Complex for rotating exhibitions of contemporary art: The Governor's Office in the Pavilion Office Building, the lobby of the Supreme Court Building, and the State House cafeteria. Care and management of the broader State Art Collection is also a responsibility of this office.