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Bennington Center for the Arts gifted to Southern Vermont College

first_imgBennington Center for Arts Gifted to Southern Vermont College. SVC photo.Vermont Business Magazine Southern Vermont College (SVC) announced today that it has been given the Bennington Center for the Arts (BCA) and a significant portion of the collections it houses. This gift, the largest in SVC’s history, provides a transformative opportunity for new programs to engage students and the community and to increase SVC’s visibility as a critical contributor to Bennington’s cultural renaissance. The gift of the BCA was spearheaded by its founder, Bruce Laumeister, and his wife and co-founder Elizabeth Small, who were seeking to secure the Center’s future as a regional cultural resource, and has been approved by the full BCA board. “I am delighted to see the transfer of BCA to SVC,” said Small, “for I feel with Dr Evans at the helm they will be able to continue the mission that we set forth for the Center which was to bring world-class art to the residents and visitors of Southern Vermont. With his youth, enthusiasm, commitment to the community, and his love for the arts including theatrical and the Southwest, I have complete confidence that the Center will continue to grow and serve the arts community everywhere.” The BCA will be renamed The Laumeister Art Center at Southern Vermont College in Bruce Laumeister’s honor, and SVC is scheduled to assume full ownership prior to the end of 2017. The facility, totaling over 36,000 square feet, includes six main galleries, a 315-seat theatre and reception area, offices, meeting rooms, and workshop spaces, as well as a distinctive gallery dedicated to the history and culture of covered bridges in Vermont. The art donation includes a large collection of birds created by master carver and teacher Floyd Scholz, several paintings of covered bridges by well-known American landscape artist Eric Sloane, and numerous works by Charles Pabst focusing on landscapes and Native Americans.  SVC and BCA have enjoyed a long and mutually supportive relationship. During a financially difficult period in the 1980s, Laumeister was the key player in engineering a financial turnaround plan that preserved SVC, and in the years since then BCA has served as host for numerous College events and, for a time, provided additional classroom space for SVC programs. According to SVC President David R Evans, a major factor in the gift was SVC’s commitment to maintain the BCA as a cultural and artistic resource for the Bennington community, and to pursue an aggressive new range of programming to bring more visitors to the area.“I am honored and thrilled by Bruce and Elizabeth’s incredible generosity and their confidence in SVC demonstrated by this amazing gift,” President Evans noted. “The opportunities for our students to gain new experiences in the arts and in nonprofit management, and for the College to grow its programming in the arts so vital to the regional economy and to American culture, are almost unlimited. The SVC team is excited to reinforce The Laumeister Art Center’s commitment to excellence and to serving our community as a vital place where people come together to celebrate and enjoy visual and performing arts in a beautiful facility.” According to President Evans, the College is in the process of integrating BCA’s operations with the main campus and developing a comprehensive plan to take maximum advantage of the opportunities and flexibility provided by the BCA facility. Founded in 1974 but with roots extending to 1926, Southern Vermont College is a small, liberal arts college located on a 371-acre campus overlooking the Green Mountains. The College aspires to be a model of an enlightened educational community: diverse, supportive, environmentally respectful and socially responsible. Through its career-focused, liberal arts curriculum, SVC transforms students into engaged citizens with a broad perspective of an ever-changing society. Classroom learning is combined with real-life, real-world experiences in the study of business, humanities, nursing and health services, natural sciences and math, and the social sciences. SVC’s athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification Institution. For more information, visit svc.edu(link is external).Source: Southern Vermont College 12.11.2017last_img read more

We are improving – why not? Boss believes Man City can go all the way in Europe

first_imgManuel Pellegrini believes Manchester City can end a historic season with the Champions League crown after impressively dispatching of Paris St Germain.The Etihad Stadium witnessed one of City’s greatest European nights on Tuesday as they followed up an impressive 2-2 first-leg draw in France with a deserved 1-0 victory.Kevin De Bruyne’s fantastic strike as the clock wound down rubber-stamped progress from this tough-looking quarter-final, taking City through to the final four of European club football’s top competition for the first time.Pellegrini’s former club Real Madrid are potential opponents in the semi-finals, where they will be joined by either Atletico Madrid or Barcelona and the victor of the tie between Benfica and Bayern Munich.Such opposition does not overly concern the City boss, though, if they can replicate their second-leg display against PSG.“Of course,” Pellegrini said when asked if he was convinced City could be crowned Europe’s best.“Of course because I think it is one of the targets of this club, to try and improve every year (in this competition). I know that we receive a lot of criticism for different reasons, but I think that we are improving every year.“I am sure it is not easy because you have very strong teams in Europe, but I am sure the target of this club is to win the Champions League.“But not only winning the Champions League (will mean) that the project at this club is finished. I think they want to continue in the long-term, trying to improve in every sense in every department.“One of the targets is to win, of course, some day the Champions League. Of course, this season, next season.“If you are in the semi-final, you know you have to play against a very big team of Europe, but playing in the way we did tonight I think that we played better than Paris St Germain.“That is a very strong team with very good players.“We have a lot of trust that we can play against anyone in the way we played tonight.”last_img read more