Bennington, Vermont 
ranked #3 in the country as "Most Arts Vibrant Small Community"


Dear John,

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) today released its third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country.

We are pleased to share with you that Bennington, VT Micro Area has ranked #3 on the list of top 10 most arts vibrant small communities (areas with an urban core of 10,000-50,000 people). The overall index is composed of three dimensions: supply, demand and government support. Supply is assessed by the total number of arts providers in the community, including the number of arts and culture organizations and employees, independent artists, and entertainment firms. Demand is gauged by the total nonprofit arts dollars in the community, including program revenue, contributed revenue, total expenses and total compensation. Lastly, the level of government support is based on state arts dollars and grants and federal arts dollars and grants.

We are sharing the good news with chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, mayors and media outlets. Please share the news with legislators, city council members, arts organizations, arts funders, your board, etc. We encourage you to share your ranking on social media, as well as in your newsletter, op ed pieces, blog, radio interviews, podcasts, and any other form of communication you may regularly utilize. This is an important time to celebrate and elevate the importance of arts and culture in communities across the country!

Congratulations, and thanks for all you do to help the arts thrive!

Jennifer A. Armstrong

Associate Director 

National Center for Arts Research

SMU / Meadows School of the Arts


Rummage Sale Benefit for
Second Chance Animal Shelter

May 20 (10am-3pm)and May 21 (11am-3pm)

Hosted by 

Serenity Rising

477 Main Street

for more info call 442-7504


Don't miss Jay's Art Shop & Frame Gallery
Anniversary Celebration! 

To celebrate their 45th Anniversary everything in the store will be 50% off for one day only!
(except for cards and custom framing). 

 Friday April 28th   8am-6pm


Click of the Mayfest logo below for information and vendor application




click on underlined dates for more info

Vermont Green-Up Day
First Saturday in May
May 6

Library Book Sale
First Baptist Church
May 12 and 13

Mayfest Craft Festival
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27

Mayfest Vendor Application

Bennington Bike Nite
July 8

Midnight Madness
Third Thursday in July
July 20th 

Benn. Arts Weekend
First Weekend in August
Aug 4-6

Battle Day Parade
Aug 13th 12:00pm

Hemming's Cruise-Ins
May - August

First Fridays
July - October

Funtastic Fridays
July - October 

Saturday before Halloween
October 28th

Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 11AM 

Hometown Holiday
Small Business Saturday
November 25

Oldcastle Theatre Company
2017 Season Schedule

Farmers' Market
Market Dates

VAE Music Series
Entertainment Series

Bennington Bookshop
Event Schedule

Meetinghouse Café 
Concert Series

South Street Café
Entertainment Schedule 

The Arcade at Knapp's
Entertainment Schedule 


2018 Downtown Events

St. Patrick's Parade
It's on St. Pats Day this year!
March 17, 2018

Bennington Downtown Alliance
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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