The Northeast Kingdom is a region where simplicity overshadows technology, and the tapestry of hills, trees, lakes, and villages provides inspiration for artists, craftspeople, writers, and musicians. A stroll through the galleries, museums, studios, and workshops will reveal the influence of time and tradition on the creative spirit that has taken root here.
When you visit Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom you will sense our story on every road, path and rolling hillside. You sense the history of many generations of Vermonters who have made the Kingdom their home and found a way to carve out a living in this rural area and you will meet and become inspired by many people who keep these traditions alive today. Throughout the region, in every season, you will find festivals, museums, galleries and local bookshops that capture our story in a variety of ways through arts, poetry, crafts, unique educational programs, and storytelling.
As the daylight hours slip by our story can often be heard in the lyrics of talented musicians, singers, and songwriters who often perform at local venue or at one of our many area theatres as local performers share original plays which depict life throughout the years in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
For more than 40 years, Catamount Arts has worked to make the arts a fundamental part of community life.
The only full-service arts center in northeastern Vermont, Catamount Arts has grown to be the cultural, entertainment, and arts home for 40,000 visitors each year.
Our mission is to inspire appreciation of and participation in the Arts, promote the Arts throughout the region, and cultivate the Arts as an integral part of community life.
Our vision is to serve as the Community Arts Organization and Box Office for the region, acting as an essential force for the Arts and enhancing the cultural climate of communities throughout Northeastern Vermont and Northwestern New Hampshire.
Since our humble beginnings as a traveling film presenter in 1975, Catamount Arts now offers foreign, independent, and classic films; exhibitions by local and regional artists; live music, dance, and theater performances; summer camps and arts education programming for children; a regional box office for more than 40 organizations; and a gathering space for community events.
We’re also the proud producers of the KCP Presents Performing Arts Series, bringing world-class professional performances to Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom; First Night North, one of only two family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve performing arts festivals in Vermont; Circus Smirkus in St. Johnsbury; the EPIC Music Program and the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series.