The History of the Green Mountain Cultural Center
The Green Mountain Cultural Center is a membership based not for profit organization dedicated to fostering visual and performing arts in the Mad River Valley and central Vermont.
The Simko Family began the restoration of the Historic Joslyn Round Barn. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 1990. A small group of residents of the Mad River Valley approached the Simko Family about using the restored barn as a community center where visitors and residents of our Valley could enjoy Visual and Performing Arts. The vision of the Green Mountain Cultural Center was born.
The first concert held at the Barn was the twenty-five member Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin lead the dedication. The original Board Members were Frank and Marge Sherman, Doreen Simko, Betty Cody, Pat and Bob Dockendorf, Pam Court, and Phil and Onri King.
The annual Art in the Round Barn and the community Photo Shows began. Both were organized and hung by a group of dedicated local volunteers for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, and both continue to this day.
The Official Purpose and Goals of the Green Mountain Cultural Center were adopted…
Throughout the years the dedicated GMCC volunteer board has worked to bring the highest quality visual and performing arts to the community that it cherishes. Over the last 25 years the GMCC has partnered with other community organizations and business including The Common’s Group, Sugarbush Resort, The Vermont Mozart Festival, Shelburne Museum, Vermont Jazz Ensemble, Vermont Arts Council, Warren Arts Group, Vermont Festival of the Arts, Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce, the GRACE organization, the Washington West School District, The Friends of the VSO, The Valley Winter Carnival and the Rotary Club, and
the Valley Players to name just a few.
Through the efforts of the Green Mountain Cultural Center, more than 1800 people have performed or presented their works in the Historic Joslyn Round Barn. Thousands more have attended and volunteered for events throughout our 25 year history.
•2005 - 2014
Green Mountain Opera Festival was considered one of New England's premier opera producers. Throughout the history of the Green Mountain Opera Festival, a commitment to the highest possible standards put the Mad River Valley and central Vermont on the map as a place to experience exciting, high level professional operatic performances. The acclaimed Emerging Artist program contributed toward the cultivation of the next generation of opera singers in the United States and Canada, and alumni could be seen and heard in important opera houses in North America and abroad. The marriage of community volunteerism and professional artistic guidance utilizing a modest budget was the formula of this ambitious festival since its inception.
While the Festival planning was always engineered with an eye toward fiscal responsibility, after considerable analysis it was decided with great sadness that the Festival was not in a position to mount a 2015 season.
2015 - Present
Today the Green Mountain Cultural Center is looking to return to it's roots, serving its community with dedication to nurturing visual and performing arts by presenting diverse cultural programming to the northern Green Mountain region.