Our Mission


Located in southern Vermont, the Field Center is an educational center for arts practices that serves as a resource for working artists at all stages of their career to focus on their work, develop their teaching and performance practices and build stronger collaborative relationships with one another. Through working together we help to create and curate structures, solutions and events that inspire equitable, environmentally and socially sustainable practices, interrogate systems, drive creativity and encourage courageous exploration.

Programming at the Field Center is divided between weekend-long events and residencies to seasonal modules in which small groups work together for 'semester' long blocks of time- led by 2-3 teachers from a variety of disciplines.
During the summer months, the space hosts a variety of workshops, festivals and cultural events.


We work towards cultivating the arts ecology in the United States while bridging gaps between differing ages, human identities, and borders between people and practices in both the local, national and international communities. We work to create a place that appreciates difference and is rigorous, improvisational, intuitive, healthy and original.

Five people sitting on porch


Woman dancing low to the floor


Nuria Bowart (Co-Founder/Director of Systems Development) is a professional dancer and movement artist, a Certified Rolfer and practicing manual therapist, a graduated student and contramestra of Capoeira, and a Certified Teacher
of the Axis Syllabus.

She carries over 25 years of research and practice
in therapeutic, martial, and performing arts, music, yoga, western somatics, contact improvisation, experiential anatomy, functional biomechanics, and more. She is also a mother of two.

Currently based in both Vermont and the San Francisco Bay Area, Nuria teaches and performs internationally and works locally with clients and students.



Anya Smolnikova (Residential Life Coordinator)

On staff intermittently since the beginning, Anya has been instrumental in initiating and developing many of the house systems and structures still in use today.

Anya also painted the mural that sits above the dining room and designed the Field Center logo.

Man sitting in library


Jared Williams (Co-Founder/Director of Dance and Performance Programming) is a visual artist, dance-improvisor and dance-arts curator primarily interested in ideas of wilderness, multiplicity, emergent structure and futurity.  He has been focused exclusively on programming and curating dance since 2014 with a focus on experimental performance and somatic dance practices.

He is the co-founder, director and lead curator for Lion’s Jaw Festival, a boston-based annual performance and dance festival, currently housed at MIT, that he co-founded in 2016 with long time collaborator Sarah Mae Gibbons. Jared is a native of Cambridge, MA-unceded territory of the Nonantum and Massachusett. He is a father and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design.



Lilianna Kane (Head Chef)


I am an improviser, primarily working though dancing and cooking. My mission: to nourish people through the practices of collective improvisation, collaboration, and care. 

My food is inspired by a plethora of cooks, books, recipes, artists, experiences and memories. 

For more about Lily's cooking and dance practices visit her website HERE