Island Arts

Island Arts fosters and promotes artistic creativity in the rural communities of the Lake Champlain Islands and beyond through our celebration of the Arts, stewardship of our environment, and education for the enrichment of all.

We are a grass roots non-profit organization with an all volunteer board.

Alan Nihry

 Happenings at IA

image1North Hero Landowner Supports Island Arts

Anne August, former resident of North Hero has devoted herself to restoring the Homer Knight Barn, and in 2014 donated it to Island Arts to become a Center of Arts and Education for Grand Isle County. Again, thanks to her generosity, the initial payment has been made to purchase the Raacke property to the north of the barn. That will allow for the future expansion of the Island Arts campus to include nature trails and much needed space for event parking. Pictured at the closing are Attorney Ned Spear, Katya Wilcox, President of Island Arts, Attorney Joseph Bauer who has worked with Island Arts since its beginnings and Karl Raacke, former owner of the 3-acre lot. He expressed his pleasure on the sale saying that he hoped it would help secure a lasting future for the arts and all the people here in Grand Isle County.

There is still a lot of work to do and funds to be raised. If you would like to volunteer or contribute to this non-profit effort, please call 802-372-8889. For those involved, this is an historic and exciting time and we invite you to be a part of it. Island Art has been an integral part of the creative endeavors of youth and adults in the Champlain Islands for more than 30 years and the dream for a creative space is finally becoming a reality.


We have a wish list for our soon to be new home – the BARN.
Call us if you have any leads on where we can acquire the following (and thank you!)

1. LED theater lights and light bulbs
2. A crow bar
3. A five lb hammer
4. A grand piano
5.  A solid ping-pong set with racquets and balls. (for our community room)
6.  A solid fussball, (soccer playing) table (for our community room)
7. Chairs and tables (contact us for practicality and sizes please.)
8. Moving walls for classrooms

Upcoming Courses

Current Events


Have a creative talent to share with others?
Island Arts is looking for teachers for their next year (summer 2017) Arts Academy season. 

Please make a proposal and mail to:

Island Arts
P. O. Box 108
North Hero, VT 05474

We are always looking for volunteers too! If you want to VOLUNTEER  now or if you want to VISIT THE BARN please call our office at 802-372-8889 to make an appointment.



Old Vermont barn becomes new art gallery



Watch our “2015 Scholarship & Summer Program” video


Watch our “2015 Summer Concert Series” video


Watch “Visit Bhutan by video” as seen on WCAX

Visit Bhutan by video as seen on WCAX As seen on WCAX “Across the Fence” Published on Jul 4, 2014 Join Lyn Jarvis on a tour of the Kingdom of Bhutan to document the Island Arts sponsored art exchange between school children from Grand Isle County in Vermont, with the children of Bhutan.