The
World
Needs More
Bennington

We have begun a transformative campaign to raise $150 million which will enable Bennington to bring together the most engaging teacher-practitioners with the most curious, talented, and promising students. It will strengthen the signature feature of the Bennington curriculum known as The Plan. It will enrich our campus infrastructure. And it will connect alumni, parents, and students in catalytic and constructive ways.

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BECAUSE SOCIETY NEEDS MORE AUTHENTIC LEADERS.

A leader will be somebody who is willing to lead toward re-imagination of what their art form, their society, their institution can be like. Deborah Borda ’71

After a groundbreaking seventeen-year run in Los Angeles, where she extended the artistic, commercial, and educational boundaries of the city’s symphony orchestra, Deborah Borda, became the president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic in 2017.


02

BECAUSE DESIGN IS A BATTLE BETWEEN PERMANENCE AND CHANGE.

The driving force in my work right now is creating spaces that are enhanced, dynamic, and evolving, all in response to the user. That has to do with my belief that nothing in design is meant to be permanent anymore. Güvenç Özel ’02

Güvenç Özel is an architect, artist, and technologist. He is the Technology Director of IDEAS, an innovative, interdisciplinary incubator for UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design.


03

BECAUSE ART HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THE CULTURAL CONVERSATION.

So many people today can’t imagine themselves into circumstances beyond their own experience. That’s so dangerous. Being able to understand different people’s lives is at the core of humanity. Fiction helps us do that. Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney MFA ’13

Cynthia D 'Aprix Sweeney's debut novel, The Nest, told the story of flawed and refreshingly human characters. It was a New York Times best seller and soon to be motion picture.


04

BECAUSE OUR ALUMNI IMAGINE THE WORLD NOT AS IT IS, BUT AS IT COULD BE.

We tell all of our employees, ‘Look, if two dish washers could do what we did, probably you could, too.’ But you need to have a thought process. You have to ask yourself: How far do you want to go?’ Ben Hall ’04

Sculptor, jazz musician, writer, and community activist, Ben Hall, became co-owner with fellow dishwasher and alumnus, Jason Murphy '09, of Russell Street Deli, a 30-year-old heritage restaurant in Detroit's Eastern Market. The deli has redefined labor structures, capital flow, and the quality of lunches in Detroit's public school system.


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BECAUSE THE AWESOME DECISIONS OF OUR TECHNOLOGICAL AGE CANNOT BE LEFT ONLY TO THOSE WHO CREATE THE TECHNOLOGY.

The Bennington experience demands initiative, interdisciplinary thinking, inventiveness, and empathy—capacities that translate to creative problem solving in a complex world, across professional fields and geographic borders. Our students graduate with humanity. They bring that extraordinary quality to all that they do. Mariko Silver, President

Mariko Silver is Bennington's 10th president. She developed and leads the College's 10-year goals which has a commitment to bringing the Bennington experience to the world.

Here we widen the frame of what’s possible.