Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Valley Arts VT

Valley Arts supports the multiple interests of the Mad River Valley, Vermont by encouraging and promoting participation in the Arts. The Vermont Festival of the Arts is a month-long, 120+ event celebration of the Arts held each August. The goal of the Festival is to provide a platform for the myriad arts events that already exist and to encourage new events. From a simple pottery demo and workshop to a world-class musical performance, these events cross the boundaries of age, gender and occupation. Because this is a multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age series of events, there is truly something for everyone. We provide a wide array of family-friendly activities, including exhibits, demonstrations, concerts, and meet-the-artist opportunities. Events take place every day during the month of August and are perfect for all ages (children, youth, seniors, singles, families) and mid-week visitors, weekend guests, second-homeowner and local residents and Vermonters.

Valley Arts recognizes the importance of the Arts for everyone. People should have equal opportunities to experience and participate in the arts throughout their lives. The Festival provides multiple opportunities for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds to see, hear, touch and taste the arts – whether it be a concert, dance performance, painting demonstration, children’s workshop, or community painting project. These experiences enhance and instill a love of the arts and make our community vibrant and alive.

Although the summertime festival is a major focus, Valley Arts is expanding its offerings and filling the year with exhibits, workshops, and multiple monthly events.  Our Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, now in its sixth year,  is held mid-June through mid-July in the Big Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, Waitsfield.  This juried exhibition is now nationally recognised and draws entrants from across North America.  

Exhibits curated by Gary Eckhart are hung monthly at Valley Arts Festival Gallery, at the Bridges Resort and June through Columbus Day at the Big Red Barn.

Additional Links: 
Festival of the Arts website
  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Board Member
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 238
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Physical Address: 
5031 Main Street #2 Village Square
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Last Name: 
TTY Phone: 


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - General
Theater - General
Visual/Crafts - General
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Councils / Agencies
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Marketing Services
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Public Relations Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce
Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Top 10 Summer Event in Vermont (6 years in a row)
Top 10 Winter Event in Vermont 2013/2014

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
The Valley Arts Foundation provides access to the arts in many ways. The Festival Gallery is handicap accessible as are most of the Vermont Festival of the Arts venues. Our printed Festival Program and Festival website indicates handicap accessibility for every event. The Festival Program is online so that it is available to many people and we will provide a large print version upon request. The Paint-Out is special as the takes place outdoors and artists can be easily found along sidewalks and walking paths. The Guided Tours of the Paint-Out will allow those, who are visually impaired, to hear about the works and “see” the paintings.