For decades, Goddard College has served as an arts-incubator, attracting generations of creative, self-reliant, and convention-breaking students and faculty, who went on to found the local galleries, theater companies, cinemas, small publishers and craft stores. Goddard has an Art Gallery and a growing permanent collection, a new Goddard College Concert Series at the Haybarn Theatre, holds educational arts conferences and invites local artists to use the campus.
In 2010, when Barbara Vacarr became President of Goddard, a number of residents approached the College seeking space for the local arts community. The Winooski Valley Arts Coalition grew out of the meeting convened by President Vacarr in response to those requests. The College is providing space and staff to incubate the project, which partners local artists, art educators, business owners, Plainfield Selectboard members, and Goddard alumni and staff, to spark collaboration across the traditional town-gown divide.