About Us

Our Mission

The Center for Arts and Learning is committed to enhancing the cultural life of central Vermont through its founding member organizations, as well as embracing individual artists, musicians and other nonprofits in a collaborative and welcoming community. ​​


The Center for Arts and Learning was founded in 2012, when Monteverdi Music School, the River Rock School, and T.W. Wood Gallery formed a non-profit umbrella organization to manage and later purchase the building at 46 Barre St., previously St. Michael’s School and convent. Together, they had a vision to transform the building into a thriving hub for music and art education in central Vermont. Though River Rock School has since closed, we are hosting a number of exciting programs and organizations in their former space. The building now houses over 25 artists, writers, nonprofits, and makers.


As CAL continues to grow, so does our programming. During normal times, we mount exhibitions of artwork in our common areas, host events such as monthly Community Song Circles on the first Sunday of every month, participate in Montpelier Alive’s Artwalks throughout the year, and produce events. We offer fiscal sponsorships to budding arts organizations, and low-cost studio space to area artists, writers, and makers. While most of our program activities have been suspended due to coronavirus, our studio program is going strong, and we have been able to host a number of people in private, individual workspaces even during the pandemic. We are currently re-envisioning the rest of our programs for the coming months. If you are interested in being part of CAL’s programming, please contact Alice at director@cal-vt.org.


46 Barre St. is a special building. Located next to the Montpelier Senior Center and across the street from the Montpelier Rec Center, it is in an ideal spot for visitors of all ages to attend concerts, workshops, exhibitions, and other events. Since 2014, we have made major progress on building repairs and upgrades, including installing energy-efficient lighting with help from Efficiency Vermont.

In 2019, we installed an elevator to make the building more wheelchair accessible – a major project for which we received support from the State of Vermont, the Vermont Arts Council, and the National Life Group Foundation. We are committed to accessibility for all, and to inviting all members of our community to participate in our programming. Learn more about accessibility at CAL.