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In its brief history, Bennington College has had an enormous impact on the intellectual and cultural life of America. In the 1930s, dancers flocked to Bennington to chart the course of modern dance. Visual artists gathered here in the 1950s and 60s to redefine the visual arts canon. In the 1980s and 90s, the College was a mecca for writers eager to push the edges of literature. Today, Bennington is a hub for innovators in every field including those who want to apply their individual talents to addressing global concerns. This fertile spot in southern Vermont has become a point of convergence for those who want to collaborate and create, to make something new, to do what they never—or always—imagined.
Gifts to The Bennington Fund support our students by not only providing scholarships, but also the space to create and the resources and equipment they need to do their best work. That includes journal subscriptions for Crossett, lab equipment in Dickinson, costumes and set pieces in VAPA, and instruments of all kinds. It also supports our faculty members who are dedicated to their teaching, their craft, and their shared discoveries.
Thank you to the more than 2,050 donors who collectively contributed more than $1,600,000 to The Bennington Fund this year! Throughout the year, the College and your peers asked you to show your belief in Bennington in a tangible way by investing in today’s students and faculty with a gift to The Bennington Fund. You responded enthusiastically and generously, and for this we are truly grateful.
The loyal support of alumni, parents, and friends who give to The Bennington Fund each year is crucial to Bennington’s ability to fulfill the promise of progressive education going forward. Your donations, no matter the size, make an impact each and every day at Bennington.