MAUHS Student Project Explores Bennington of the Future
Southern Vermont College will host a series of events and an exhibit in collaboration with Mount Anthony Union High School teacher Barbara Ackerman and her Advanced Design students, based on their imaginative, community-oriented design project, ‘Bennington of the Future.’ The exhibit and events are open to the general public. The student project explored the concept of urban planning and how it might apply locally as Bennington moves forward in its development as a destination for tourists and business development. SVC Associate Professor Greg Winterhalter, who worked with Ackerman, said, “The project expands the conversation of where downtown is going and what the potential could be if dynamic and creative thought is applied to the ongoing conversation about Bennington’s future.” John Shannahan, executive director of Better Bennington Corporation, liked that the students were the stakeholders. “The ‘Bennington of the Future’ project connects today’s community leaders with tomorrow’s, and provides the opportunity for students to first imagine the possibilities before learning the limitations,” he said. The exhibit will be on view from Monday, February 1 through Thursday, March 3, at SVC’s Burgdorff Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
On Wednesday, February 10, at 7 p.m., SVC will host noted Burlington architect John Anderson, who will present slide images from his 1976 project, ‘Burlington Fantasies,’ followed by a reception for the local student design work. The following morning, Thursday, February 11, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., an informal forum will continue the conversation about downtown Bennington and its possibilities. Students, educators, town organization leaders and the public are invited to this event to share their ideas and creative insights about Bennington’s future. For more information, contact Professor Winterhalter at email@example.com.