SVC Partners with Bennington Center for the Arts for Several Spring Classes

January 15, 2009

Southern Vermont College students will have an inspiring new venue next semester with seven spring classes taking place at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Route 9. The Center houses a permanent art collection and special exhibits, as well as the Covered Bridge Museum and the Oldcastle Theatre Company. The classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BCA facility, which is less than two miles from the SVC campus. The college will offer a shuttle service to and from BCA and food provisions for students at the new location on those days.

"We're delighted to partner with BCA and offer our students a new perspective in this creative and beautiful setting," said SVC President Dr. Karen Gross. "This space, together with Hunter Hall and Greenberg Atrium, helps meet the growing needs of a college on the move. Having faculty and students work at the Bennington Center for the Arts affords them a space that will elicit reflection and collaboration."   

The courses that will be offered for spring semester include art history, business law, entrepreneurship, nursing, global issues, and a first year Quest for Success class. In the past, the college has utilized the site for events such as Honors Convocation and the President’s inauguration. BCA will host, as part of Southern Vermont College’s alliance with the Four Colleges Issues Forum, writer/professor Anita Hill on April 23, 2009. Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas 16 years ago have had a dramatic impact on workplace harassment measures. 

Bruce Laumeister, founder and chairman of the nonprofit center, said that this cooperative venture with SVC is one more example of why he built the Center to serve the community. "The current growth of SVC is of great importance to Bennington and to me personally," said Laumeister, who has had a longstanding relationship with the institution. The Center will also continue to host major local fund raisers for Moosefest, the Rotary wine auction, Regional Affordable Housing Corporation, Bennington Project Independence and benefits for other nonprofit community service organizations. 

To inquire about SVC course offerings for the spring semester call the Admissions Office at 802-447-6304 or email