Nestled in the Vermont town of Manchester, and less than four hours from New York City, Boston, and Montreal, Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC) provides the perfect destination for small and large events. The 103-acre campus offers meeting rooms, a 400-seat theater, galleries, a café, and rolling lawns. Let us help you create a memorable event.

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Yester House

The historic and charming main building of the former Webster Estate, Yester House is home to curATE café, and includes 10 distinct galleries and a library/meeting room. Host your next event in this historic house, surrounded by art and natural beauty.

Yester House Capacity: up to 300 people for a cocktail party, 150 people for a sit-down dinner. Yester House Library/ Meeting Room Capacity: 10 people.

Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum

Designed by renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the vaulted ceilings and spacious galleries of the Wilson Museum provide a contemporary setting for your event. The building also has a spacious meeting room and on-site kitchen.

Museum Capacity: 200 people. Conference Room Capacity: 15 people.

Louise Arkell Pavillion

Southern Vermont Arts Center’s performing arts space is a 400-seat auditorium, with professional-quality acoustics, that is one of the area’s finest venues. Large sections of the side walls can roll away to create a unique open-air experience. The facility also includes dressing rooms, a lobby, a box office, and a wet bar.

Capacity: 400 seats

The Hay Madeira Education Center

Two airy, modern teaching studios at the base of Mount Equinox boast ample natural light. Host your own private art-making event led by one of SVAC’s professional instructors. A private creative event makes for the perfect family gathering, birthday party, or bridal shower. The studios are also available to rent during portions of the year for individual artists’ use.

Capacity: 20 per studio

curATE café

Located in Yester House, offering indoor and patio seating, SVAC’s beautifully renovated restaurant serves contemporary cocktails and cuisine year-round under the auspices of local foodie legend Church Street Hospitality.

Capacity: 85 people

Church Street Hospitality is the exclusive caterer and event planner for all rentals at SVAC, offering unparalleled service and the confidence that with just one call, all of your needs will be addressed.

Contact Anne Corso at 802.362.1405 or

Southern Vermont Arts Center
PO Box 617
Manchester, Vt 05254