Vita Institute for the Arts

Re-envisioning the Academy

At present there are few opportunities for artists who have completed formal programs of study to further their inquiries into the nature and essence of their personal artistic practices. Opportunities that are not structured within the format of the contemporary University rather than a reimagined Academy, an Academy in which the emphasis is place on the development of the artist rather than adherence to some external formula required by agencies usually unaffiliated or unfamiliar with the demands of artistic practices.

To begin dealing with this need several colleagues and I have organized the VITA Institute for the Arts.

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

VITA Institute offers Learner centered workshops based on the idea of Novum Est–something new. These workshops 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 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 purposeful inquiry and creative expression in locations both nationally and internationally.  The Institute also encourages collaboration between visual artist, writers, musicians, film makers, 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.

Committed to the idea of authenticity of place, being there, the workshops offer an opportunity to develop creative skills with purposeful inquiry and creative expression.

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:

The Vita Institute for the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) public charity under the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore all contributions to the VITA Institute for the Arts are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. Vita Institute for the Arts is qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

The VITA Institute for the Arts is a non-profit organization certified and in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State.


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