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Causes: Arts & Culture

Mission: Our Mission is to cultivate the Arts as an integral part of community life by inspiring appreciation of and participation in the Arts and by promoting the Arts throughout Northern Vermont and New Hampshire. 

Results: — Screened over 150 high quality independent and international films… without question the most impressive cinematic line-up in Vermont! — Held more than 200 special weeknight screenings. — Organized and managed First Night St. Johnsbury 2013, featuring over 65 acts and 175 performances in 18 venues, attracting nearly 3000 attendees. — Featured the works of over 50 artists in the various galleries including the addition of the Catamount Annex Gallery at Dylan’s Restaurant. — Partnered with Circus Smirkus for successful ticketing for 2012 Circus Tour. — Continued formal Planned Giving Program with the VT Community Foundation and secured several participants. — Hosted the Green Mountain Film Festival for the third year and featured 38 film screenings over 3 days, including the Catamount Art’s High School Filmmakers Showcase which included entrants from all over the world. — Expanded the Kids ROCK family arts program to include the free Family Film Festival which featured a free summer Muppets Film Festival. — Partnered with Kingdom County Productions to present Michael Cleveland, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Buddy Guy, Paula Poundstone, Momix, Clint Black, The Irish Tenors, and the National Circus of China. — Continued collaboration and shared benefits with the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, NH. — Became the major ticketing outlet for the Haskell Opera House in Derby Line and Church Street Arts in Haverill. — Collaborated with the Northeast Kingdom Classical Series to help ticket and promote their four concerts. — Expanded Independent Lens into an evening presentation. — Added more Social Circles, including a Film Circle and a Fiber Arts Circle. — Hosted 8 school time performances at Fuller Hall, which were attended by over 4500 students from Northeast Kingdom elementary schools. — Featured over 50 live music events in the Cabaret Room including the weekly substance free Teen Open Mic series. — Simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera Live and summer series for a record breaking third year. — Simulcast the National Theater of London in six well-received performances during its third season. — Served as a venue for over 25 community organizations & dozens of local businesses…OSHER, Youth Services, St. J Food Coop, etc. — Presented the second annual Kingdom Bluegrass Jamboree. — Began a year – long series of “Courageous Conversations” on topics of local interest and concern. — Presented simulcast of 14 ballets from The Bolshoi Ballet and the Royal Ballet of London. — Hosted a record setting Benefit Auction – and made the night St. Johnsbury’s social event of the year. — Collaborated with the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival to provide ticketing, publicity and event planning. — Mounted the fourth annual car raffle – the most successful raffle to date.

Target demographics: No single person is excluded access.

Geographic areas served: Northeastern Vermont and Northern New Hampshire

Programs: Catamount Film Series, Arts Education, Courageous Conversations Through Art, Schooltime Shows, First Night, Monthly Gallery Exhibits, Substance Free Teen Dances

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Catamount Arts is an art center for everyone, from London theatre buffs to the neurologically diverse--all types are welcome here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great selection of films, as well as a wonderful performance venue!

Timothy26

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I wanted to help get my college students experience making creative messaging videos. In wanting to help a local arts charity it was more that I expected. The class and school ended up getting more insight about film curating and marketing than I could have taught them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From local film slams, live concerts & theatre, photo exhibits, kids camps and the best art house movie - Catamount Arts puts its head, heart and back into helping the creative economy pay dividends culturally and economically.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Catamount Arts is a terrific non-profit in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The breadth of its programming is amazing with two attractive theaters for film, a Cabaret for live performances, a lovely art gallery, classrooms, and a separate building for arts education. With a small paid staff and an enthusiastic group of board members and volunteers, so much is accomplished. We host the Met HD Live as well as HD theater and ballet performances. Monthly live bluegrass jams and folk music evenings are offered free of charge in our Cabaret. Collaboration with other non-profits in our town allow for a rich experience. For example this week an art opening was held in our gallery with the artist speaking about her paintings which have a theme related to old growth New England forests and ecology. That same evening, Elizabeth Kolbert, correspondent for The New Yorker Magazine and author How fortunate we are to live in this beautiful area with these marvelous opportunities.

1 Bridget16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The cultural enrichment that Catamount brings to our community is outstanding. Not only do they offer wonderful films, fantastic gallery showings and educational opportunities but they collaborate with community partners to bring arts and culture to the NEK! We are so fortunate to have such an amazing non profit organization serving individuals from youth to elderly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

St Johnsbury is so fortunate to have this amazing organization,located right here.. I have volunteered for a couple years now and look forward to many more..Can't say enough about the quality of ALL their programs and events

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Catamount is really exceeding expectations for the services it provides to the community - in serving as a ticketing hub, educational activities provider, performing arts presenter and venue, and more. As a resident of the area who lived for a time in NYC before returning, I'm thrilled to have this as a resource so close to where I live.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that brings culture and art to a very rural and underserved area of Vermont.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is a rare jewel in the NEK. Nothing rivals it anywhere in the country.

1 Barbara221

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operating in one of the most rural areas of the United States, and one with fierce beauty but tough economics, Catamount Arts has provided top notch cultural and artistic expression, experiences, and collaboration for many years. World class artists. Inspiring arts. Manages to stay solvent and even thrives. Partners and collaborates readily with others. A model for how an arts organization - even a general non profit - should be.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have a special place like Catamount Arts in St.Johnsbury that offers Art programs for the children in our community. The Arts build confidence in our kids, whether they have physical, emotional or learning challenges or not, that allows them to blossom and excel in school and at home.
These days when schools are considering taking art education out of the curriculum, it is so important to have a place where they can go and experience creativity and innovation.
Thank you Catamount and keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the ten years I have resided in St. Johnsbury, I have witnessed Catamount Arts evolve more fully into the role of "community" arts center. It has become a sanctuary for our children, our neighbors, ourselves. The classes teach and expose young and old to new experiences, skills, and passions from tango dancing to watercolor painting to claymation camp. The staff and Board at Catamount Arts are open-minded and receptive to the desires of the community they serve. My three children have all attended classes, camps, movies, gallery openings, and live performances through Catamount Arts. The gallery exhibits and the programming excite and inspire them. I was fortunate to serve as the 27th and 28th benefit auction coordinator. It was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed introducing more people to Catamount Arts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a homeschooling parent of 4 children, I am always on the hunt for cultural and educational extra curricular classes for my children that are unique, fun, and exceeding what I can offer to them. Catamount has gone far beyond that consistently. They have a tremendous variety of amazing classes that they offer to everyone in the area. They pull in local community members, teachers, students, artists, and more to nationally acclaimed professionals, all of whom provide a fun educational atmosphere with a very reasonable price. Additionally, the music and movies that are booked at the Catamount never cease to impress us!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I, and now our children, enjoy the great benefits of Catamount Arts-- I am continually astounded by the diversity of arts opportunities that it brings to St. Johnsbury, which at 8,000 people is one of the largest communities in our part of the state. We love going to see the arts films, the HD Opera series, and live music. My children look forward to the Saturday morning arts programs. As classically trained singers, we are very excited the center is now offering a singing ensemble program for children-- something we both enjoyed while growing up while living in far bigger communities, and a program which we know our children will love and will help lead them towards other musical opportunities in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son had been going to Catamount art classes for a while with his summer day camp. I'd heard about it from him and camp but never been to (camp brought him). When late in the summer I brought him myself to the Claymation camp, I was happily surprised to realize what a fabulous arts home he'd developed at Catamount. The staff all knew him by name and warmly welcomed him. He showed me masks and robots he and his friends had made. He knew his way around and felt completely safe to express himself, try new things, and make art! The Claymation camp was totally awesome both in terms of learning and creativity and in the cool movies they made!!!! Thank you Catamount!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lived in NYC for a number of years and I have lived in St Johnsbury for a number of years. I had great access to outstanding culture in NYC; I and my family have great access to outstanding culture in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. That is largely the result of Catamount Arts innovative work in this incredibly beautiful region of the world. Not only do we have young people nurturing their artistic instincts and skills through Catamount Arts, but we have direct contact with world-class, world-wide performers of all sorts. I have never seen anything like this organization anywhere, and I have been most everywhere in my life.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Catamount Arts blends creative energy and hard work bringing the Arts to the community, especially exceptional independent films, Arts education for children, and a system of ticketing for most Arts organizations in Northeastern Vermont and New Hampshire. Catamount places important issues at the forefront with its Courageous Conversation series that focuses on knotty community (and wider) problems for all of us to address in a calm comfortable atmosphere. it is a place that houses the best Gallery for Visual Arts in Northeastern Vermont with monthly exhibits, two theaters that offer Live Opera from the Met, special children's movies, vintage films on the big screen and the National Theater broadcasts from London. i came on to the Catamount Arts Board of Directors in the late 90s and i've never looked back. As an art teacher and artist, my excitement about Catamount seems to be growing exponentially.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I started a non-profit vegetarian group in 2009. We offer a social and educational meeting each month, including a potluck dinner. We started meeting in our home but the size of the group quickly outgrew our ability to host it. Catamount Arts graciously allows us to use their meeting space, asking for only a free-will donation. If not for this arrangement, we would need to charge dues or a fee for each dinner, which would not be affordable for many of our attendees. As a result of Catamount Arts' mission-related generosity we have been able to improve the health of the people that attend, as well as enabling the environmental benefits that accrue from a plant based diet.

Thank you Catamount Arts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Catamount Arts is a great nonprofit organization, truly bringing the Northeast Kingdom communities together. They invite you to join them in attending events, volunteering, and spreading awareness about local businesses and events. I personally had a great experience with them interning over the course of one year. I learned so much about what it means to be involved in the community. Between educating young children about the arts, to playing film reels, this organization knows how to make a great first impression. If you're looking to get involved or attend some awesome events, I suggest making a visit to Catamount Arts!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Catamount Art Center is a gem in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Its focus on independent film, arts education, and service as a regional box office is already adding energy and momentum to a growing arts renaissance in the region. Catamount has also played an important role in bringing the annual Green Mountain Film Festival to the area, giving a boost to our mudseason doldrums and exposing hundreds to the delights of international independent cinema. Thank you Catamount!