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The Arts Initiative Residential Learning Community


What is the Arts Initiative?

The Arts Initiative Residential Learning Community is comprised of both visual and performing art Programs, all of which are housed in E-Building and D-Building of the Living/Learning Center complex. Admission to the AI is by application. Students become members of the Arts Initiative by applying to any of the AI Programs (see list below). Students live together in suite-style housing with other members of their Program.

The Arts Initiative will be comprised of 10 energetic and diverse Programs for the 2015-2016 year.

2015-2016 Arts Initiative Programs

Click here to link to brief descriptions of all 2015-2016 Programs


2014-2015 Arts Initiative Programs

  • Art of Photography
  • Cakes with a Cause
  • Clay
  • Community for Artistic Development
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Guitar House
  • Integrated Fine Arts
  • Japanese Visual Culture (formerly Anime)
  • Moving Picture House
  • The Spoken Word NEW!
  • Theatre House
  • World Music Exploration NEW!


Click here to apply!



The primary goals of the Arts Initiative are:

  1. To develop cross-program involvement. Allowing students in one branch of the arts to interact with, learn from and engage with students in another Arts area.
  2. To enhance access to and interaction with arts-related communities within L/L, at UVM, in Burlington and in Vermont in order to support our creative and conceptual practices.
  3. To support the creative growth of all members through informal and formal discussions, community events, performances and program designed activities.
  4. To expand across disciplines. AI's Visiting Artist Series allows for students to connect with professional Artists in a relaxed and open environment.
  5. To present students' work through exhibiting in the Living/Learning Gallery and/or performing at AI's Performance Night in the spring semester.

The AI Experience

Residents of the Arts Initiative participate in a variety of programming which enables them to explore, expand upon and experience the many connections among the arts, culture and community. First-time Arts Initiative members must enroll in the one-credit Arts Initiative Foundations Class (EDSS 055), which is tied to AI's Visiting Artis Series. The class meets once a week and encourages students to participate in lectures, gallery visits, visual and performing art workshops, performances, studio visits and social gatherings. The Visiting Artist Series invites local, national and international Artists of varied disciplines to discuss their work and process, offering an opportunity for students to explore their interests and experiences by connecting with professional Artists.

Students are able to engage another level of engagement in the Spring semester by taking the optional one-credit class, Exploring Art and Culture through the Fleming Museum. In this class we will explore the relationship between art and culture, culminating with a student-organized exhibit at the Fleming Museum. Through class discussions, research, visiting speakers, and special access to the Fleming’s collections, you will learn how to curate, plan and implement a museum exhibition. With an emphasis on exploring the convergence of art and global culture, students will then embark on a team-structured, service-learning project with the Fleming Museum in which they interpret, research, select and organize objects that will be placed in the class designed exhibit; design and install the exhibit; create and implement a marketing campaign; and write interpretive labels among other tasks.


If you have questions about the Arts Initiative feel free to contact Ann Barlow, Director of the Arts Initiative (802-656-7787) or Windy Paz-Amor, Assistant Director of the Living/Learning Center (802-656-4200).


Here is a link to Room Selection Information on the Department of Residential Life's Website:

How to apply...

On-line Application Form



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