St. Johnsbury’s Art & Culture Campus
St. Johnsbury is home to dynamic cultural destinations where the arts are alive every day. These organizations have come together to create an active arts and culture alliance, and to define a campus for public arts on historic
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Catamount Arts is your cultural and entertainment headquarters! Inside the renovated Masonic Temple, you’ll find the latest in independent and international film entertainment, one of the largest art galleries in the Northeast Kingdom, and a regular schedule of live concerts and activities including a monthly coffeehouse and free bluegrass jam, as well as a teen open mic night every Friday.
Catamount’s regional box office is also your on-line and in person connection for tickets to an exciting variety of upcoming events by more than twenty area arts organizations.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a public library and art gallery housed in a National Historic Landmark building. It is a lively site for public readings and events throughout the year. The Athenaeum fills two roles: it serves the people of St. Johnsbury by enriching their lives, and it stands as a regional and national treasure – a monument to the nineteenth-century belief in learning.
The Athenaeum is a legacy of the Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury, inventors and manufacturers of the world’s first platform scale, who gave the Athenaeum to the trustees of the institution in 1871. With his wealth Horace Fairbanks created a center of culture for the people of his town – a true “athenaeum.”
St Johnsbury Academy
St. Johnsbury Academy is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 9 to 12 and a post-graduate year.
Founded in 1842 by Erastus, Thaddeus, and Joseph Fairbanks to provide “intellectual, moral, and religious training for their own children and the children of the community,” the school provides exemplary educational opportunities to a wide range of students, not just those destined for liberal arts colleges and universities. Today, the student body includes day students from Vermont and New Hampshire as well as boarding students from 15 states and 30 countries. The teaching focus on character, inquiry and community aims to enable each graduate to be intellectually self-reliant and to function as a constructive, moral member of society.