Arts & Culture
The thriving arts community has earned Montpelier recognition as being one of the best 100 small towns in the United States.
Theater and Film
✳ 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.
Montpelier is home to two independent cinemas, showing first-run and arts films. The Savoy Theater is a true art-House theater that provides the best in independent and foreign film offerings. The Capitol Showplace shows the latest blockbusters in state-of-the-art theaters. The Green Mountain Film Festival each March draws movie connoisseurs from far and wide, bringing audiences on a trip around the world through film.
The Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio offers classes in many forms of dance, with frequent public performances. Contra dancing at the Capital City Grange brings joy and laughter and friends into your life. Contra dancing is done to live music – guitar and fiddle and other instruments, playing jigs and reels. A caller teaches each dance, and tells you what to do. You just need to know how to walk! No need to bring a partner. Contra dances are 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays at 8 PM.
Museums and Galleries
Art abounds throughout downtown Montpelier. The ✳T. W. Wood Gallery is part museum and part gallery – displaying pieces from a collection of world-renowned artists, as well as connecting visitors to the best contemporary art Vermont has to offer. The 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. The Vermont Crafts Council hosts many great events including Open Studio Weekend a few times a year.
The Art Resource Association provides a monthly rotating exhibit at the City Center. The Front is a co-operative gallery whose members work in multiple disciplines. The Vermont Arts Council maintainw an exhibit of outdoor sculpture in the Council's Sculpture Garden. Even City Hall gets in on the act, with a changing display of local artists along the main hall.
City Hall houses the U.S.S. Montpelier naval museum. The Vermont Historical Society Museum's award-winning exhibit "Freedom and Unity" provides a captivating window on Vermont's past. 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. The U.S.S. Montpelier Museum, on the main floor of City Hall, offers a taste of the Naval History of the ships that are named Montpelier. Montpelier, the birth place of Admiral George Dewey, has been a sea town without shores since the 1800's. Montpelier is proud of its naval tradition and those who have served on them. The Center for Arts & Learning is a hub of creativity, hosting several arts organizations, including Monteverdi Music School and the Summit School for Traditional Music and Culture.
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