Who We Are

Founded in 2011 the Vita Institute for the Arts is an artist run non-profit art education organization dedicated to meeting the needs of practitioners in the arts who are seeking continued professional development programs and workshops taught by working artists who have years of successful teaching experience.  These programs and workshops offer participants new directions, intensities and/or a renewal of  their personal artistic practice.

The Institute emphasizes collaboration among visual artist, writers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, photographers, artists from all media and disciplines, collaborations that will expand and advance the dialogue between disciplines.

Vita Institute for the Arts is organized around the principles of unrestricted and open inquiry that emphasize the development of the artist rather than adherence to some external formula required by agencies usually unaffiliated or unfamiliar with the demands of artistic practice.  Participants are encouraged to investigate her or his own vision of the world while developing skills with purposeful inquiry and creative expression.

All workshop and program presenters are nationally, and internationally known working artists who have extensive teaching experience. These artists serve as content experts directing and facilitating workshops, and programs without restricting the experience by a rigid degree format or an artificial assessment structure.

Vita Institute for the Arts promotes an educational concept dedicated to the advancement of artistic vision, personal interpretation and skill development in a supportive collaborative environment.

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: info@vitainstitute.org, or U.S. Postal Mail: P.O. Box 7006, Gunnison, Colorado, 81230


Vita Institute for the Arts Affiliates:

Italian Affiliate: Santa Reparata International School of Art: Piazza Indipendenza 4, Florence, Italy 50129   http://santareparata.org

Western Colorado University Extended Studies                                                        1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231