The Southern Vermont Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization primarily dedicated to providing arts, in all aspects, and arts education to the community.
The roots of the Southern Vermont Arts Center go back as far as 1922, when a small group of local artists gathered in the village of Dorset to sell their work and socialize. Naming themselves the Southern Vermont Artists, the group met regularly over the next several decades, their number growing to include Norman Rockwell, Italian-American painter Luigi Lucioni, Grandma Moses, and Ogden Pleissner, amongst hundreds of others. Together they fostered the desire to promote and support the arts in southwestern Vermont. These artists were able to take such desire and establish its successful execution which has never lapsed.