Mission and Vision

Spruce Peak Arts is dedicated to using the inspiration and creativity of the performing arts to fulfill its ambitious mission “to inspire, educate and entertain all of us, all year round.”  Spruce Peak Arts delivers engaging experiences for all ages that connect audiences to the performing arts in deep, meaningful, and delightful ways.  The organization’s goal is to be both collaborator and catalyst and to inspire the imagination of the audience and the artist through unforgettable shared experiences.

A year-round presenter of performing arts and educational and family programs, Spruce Peak Arts’ home base is the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, VT.  Opened in December 2010, this 420-seat multi-use theatre is a modern performance center and boasts pristine acoustics and state-of-the-art technical systems Including the capacity to support high-quality live streaming and recording.  The front of house features a mixed-use lobby/gallery and exhibition space, and hosts small events, receptions, art exhibitions, readings, and lectures.

Spruce Peak Arts offers world-renowned entertainment, including live music, art shows, dance, comedy, film, lectures, and emerging artists and performers from around the region, the United States, and the world.  From Natalie Merchant to the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Freedom House to Arlo Guthrie, Warren Miller to Orebolo, Spruce Peak Arts uses its artistic platform to reach and inspire our community. The Spruce Peak Arts Gallery was founded in 2018 to add another level of creative energy and collaboration to the beautiful theater setting. In the Summer of 2021, Spruce Peak Arts presented the exhibition Exploring Earth, the third in an environmental art series, that began with Exploring Air in 2018 and Exploring Water in 2019. Visual artists from this series of exhibitions have been collaborating in the Spruce Peak Arts’ virtual panel discussion series Being a BIPOC Artist in Vermont.  Spruce Peak Arts also hosted the second Ice Dance International Residency which featured classes, workshops, school tours, and public performances of two repertory pieces created during the residency.  Future offerings include classical dance live and on film via master classes by Boston Ballet II, the Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” in HD, and the lively Squirrel Nut Zippers Holiday Caravan Tour.  Spruce Peak Arts is also home to the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society, a season of three week-long chamber music residencies.

Spruce Peak Arts is committed to creating access to the arts and enhancing the educational experiences for central and northern Vermont communities through its Community & Education Fund and programming. Arts education is offered through student matinee performances, school visits, classes, workshops, and residencies.  Through deeply discounted tickets for students, Spruce Peak Arts creates access to the arts and enhances educational experiences for area schools, families, and community organizations, year-round.

Spruce Peak Arts is led by Executive Director Hope Sullivan and is governed by a 13-member board of directors led by Chair Lisa Hagerty. For the fiscal year ending October 31, 2018, the organization reported total revenue of $1.2 million, with $745,268 from contributions and grants and $471,632 from program services. Total expenses were $1.4 million. Effective October 2021, Spruce Peak Arts will have met its FY21 contributed revenue goal of $975,000.