Arts and Creativity students relax on lawn

Celebrating and exploring the arts, the Arts & Creativity Learning Community encourages and supports UVM students to find their home in this creative community.

In this vibrant community you are free to explore your interest in the visual and performing arts by expanding and deepening your connection to creativity and expression.


Students have the opportunity to engage with students, staff, faculty and artists through weekly formal and informal connections, artist workshops, lectures, performances, exhibits and social gatherings.

  • All first-time, first-year students in the Arts & Creativity Learning Community will be enrolled in a one-credit class, Foundations in the Arts (AS 095), which increases students’ connection to the multiple ways creativity plays in many aspects of daily life. The class introduces and examines three principal areas of the arts: Artistic Expression, Arts Curating and Arts Criticism.
  • Current UVM students living in Arts & Creativity will have the option to select the Artist Village, made up of the Back Five, with each building supporting an area of the arts. As part of the Artist Village, you will have access to special programming options, and leadership opportunities.


  • Become engaged in a variety of opportunities to develop and explore skills in the visual and performing arts. 
  • Consider yourself invited to bring your interests and passions to our community, while being open to new experiences.
  • Strive to foster a sense of self-awareness, awareness of others’ creative expression, and how the arts inform an inclusive and active community.
  • Discover your place as an A&C citizen—whether as a creator, performer, patron, or community-builder.


Students in their first year will build community by living together on Trinity Campus. In our neighborhood, faculty, staff, and visiting artists will hold classes and workshops, and A&C student leaders will engage in community-building activities.


Connect and collaborate with students who share similar interests by living in the Artist Village (for sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Select based on these interests:
  • Emerging Media with a focus on photography, video, and digital art (housed in Sichel)
  • Performance with a focus on dance, theatre, and movement (housed in McCann)
  • 2-D/3-D with a focus on  drawing, painting, sculpture (housed in Richardson)
  • Sound Art: with a focus on music, singing, audio recording, and podcasts (housed in Ready)
  • Word Space with a focus on readings, writing, poetry, and literature (housed in Hunt)


Undergraduate Course Facilitator (UCF): Work closely with A&C faculty and staff to instruct the first-year course, Foundations in the Arts. Application opens in March.

Learning Community Leader (LCL): Serve as a primary role model for other students in the LC and work closely with A&C staff to develop your leadership style while creating a successful educational experience and learning environment. Applications accepted in January of each year.

Resident Advisor: Work closely with the A&C team as a primary resource for students to build a sense of home and support community connections and involvement. Students interested in this position should be on the lookout for RA Info Sessions in November.

Arts & Creativity Programming Assistant: If you have a Federal Work-Study award, you may apply to be one of our many student employees. Learn new skills while helping with our community events.

Hall Council: A great way to have a voice and action in our A&C community. More information about Hall Council available at the beginning of fall semester.


  • Tea Club: experience tea more deeply and learn how to brew in the gong fu cha style. On some weeks, topical conversations and activities are facilitated by students and staff ranging from the history of memes to privilege. Meets every week in the Great Room. Other weeks, expect great conversation, records, and impromptu piano performances.
  • Art & Crafts Night: Zines, buttons, books, watercolor and acrylic painting, perler beads, collages, bullet journaling--we embrace and celebrate every form of creativity in our Learning Community.
  • Outdoor Student Performances (spring & fall, weather dependent): Whether you are here to perform or to listen, our Friday Night Amps brings all of Trinity campus to our green space.
  • A&C Spring Art and Music Festival
  • Movie Nights
  • Exploring vibrant arts in Burlington and Winooski


Locations: Hunt, McAuley, McCann, Ready, Richardson, Sichel, Mercy, Cottages

Please check your housing contract for more specific location information.


Ann BarlowAnn Barlow
Assistant Director for Learning Communities
Program Director


Bech EvansBech Evans
Program Coordinator


Holly PainterHolly Painter
Faculty Associate


Steve Budington
Faculty Associate


Donnie ReddDonnie Redd
Area Coordinator


Residence Director Elliot WelshElliot Welsh
Residence Director


Janelle RaymundoSuzanna Stockey
Assistant Residence Director


Cindy RubalcabaCindy Rubalcaba
Office Manager



Campus: Trinity
Buildings: Cottages, Hunt, McCann, McAuley, Mercy, Richardson, Ready, Sichel
Main Desk: McAuley Hall - 802.656.9640
Office Manager: 802.656.9398


Mailing Address:
Student First and Last Name
Hall Name / Room Number (or box #)
250 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405