Vita Institute for the Arts at the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, Colorado

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Vita Institute for the Arts is an art education organization dedicated to meeting the needs of practitioners in the arts who are seeking continued professional education free of the constraints imposed by traditional, credit-offering institutions.

The goal and ultimate mission of the Vita Institute for that Arts is to breathe life into the artist through small community workshops that stimulate the artist into visioning new ideas without restricting the experience by either a rigid format or an artificial grade structure.

VITA Institute offers Learner-centered workshops and programs based on the idea of Novum Est–something new. These workshops and programs are led by nationally and internationally known artists and offer self-motivated individualized programs of study within the structure of a small yet dynamic learning community.
The programs and workshops introduce participants to rich national and international artistic cultures and heritages, and how those traditions can be emulated and applied to contemporary artistic concepts providing possible directions for their future work.

Participants are encouraged to investigate her or his own vision of the world while developing skills with a purposeful inquiry and creative expression in locations both nationally and internationally.  The Institute also encourages collaboration between visual artist, writers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, photographers, artists from all media and disciplines. Collaborations that will expand and advance the dialogue between disciplines.

With a Learner-centered approach here your ideas and concepts are your own. Rather than the VITA Institute telling each participant what they should study and/or learn the Institutes workshops offer a general outline of topics and categories, such as the aspects of process, product, and response, from which each individual participant can construct their own personal workshop experience.

You determine your direction supported by the experience of the workshop presenters and your fellow participants.  The workshops will encourage each member to investigate her or his own vision of the world. The workshop leaders will establish an environment in which each Learner can investigate a number of techniques, concepts, and principles that will build toward their idea of novum est.

If you are looking for an opportunity for artistic growth and personal development within the framework of a shared experience please contact us at the following e-mail address:


Affiliated and Provider Institutions:

Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, Colorado



Italian Affiliate: Santa Reparata International School of Art: Piazza Indipendenza 4, Florence, Italy 50129


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