The Vermont Governor's Institute on the Arts (GIA)
... is a 2-week intensive program for high school students finishing grades 9-11.
GIA is a lively artistic community, bringing together outstanding professional teaching artists and curious, motivated students to explore the process of creativity. The approach is one of exploration and refining artistic processes, rather than that of a conservatory. It is the largest and oldest Institute conducted by The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, enrolling about 130 students each year.
We seek to enrich the lives of a diverse group of Vermont high school students by providing a positive, empowering learning environment that engenders artistic growth and an awareness of how to work together in a community.
By challenging students to take risks and view familiar subjects in new ways, we encourage growth in three specific areas: the creation of art,
- for art’s sake
- as a member of an artistic community
- in relation/reference to the world
GIA offers classes unlikely to appear in VT high schools’ art curricula while providing students the opportunity to study and collaborate with professional artists and their peers in these diverse fields.
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Check out The Washington Post's article about the role of arts education in developing these skills.