Burlington City Arts’ mission is to nurture a dynamic relationship between art and community that makes quality arts experiences accessible to all regardless of economic, social or physical constraints.
Originally conceived as an all-volunteer organization, BCA has championed arts accessibility as necessary component of civic life since its inception in 1981. BCA became incorporated as a City department in 1990, and established a 501c3 in 1998, the BCA Foundation. Using its dual status to leverage private donations through public investment, BCA has become a force for improving the quality of life for all in our region, reclaiming underused parks by promoting family-friendly arts events; nurturing a small gallery into a top regional destination for contemporary art; steering the Discover Jazz Festival into a nationally renowned event in partnership with the Flynn; integrating public art into the built environment; providing studio spaces for all abilities, and creating an education and scholarship program that puts learning in the arts within every community member’s reach. In recent years, BCA has turned attention and resources to preserving rapidly disappearing space for the arts in Burlington and meeting increasing demand for community art studio and education opportunities. In December of 2019, the BCA Foundation purchased a 33,000 square foot building in the heart of Burlington's arts and enterprise district, securing expansion space for BCA's arts education programs and setting a permanent footprint for the arts for future generations.