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The Stone Bench Project for Teens

July 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - July 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Have you ever carved stone? The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center will offer local young people (age 13-19) the chance to carve and build a stone bench to be installed in Rutland County. Participants will gain a solid skill basis in lettering, architectural and sculptural stone working, as well as an appreciation for the industrial history of the Marble Valley region. The workshop will be held weekdays July 8-19, 2019; free and limited to ten students. To apply, send a one-page essay explaining how this experience will benefit you to: info@carvingstudio.org or CSSC Bench Project, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777. Please include your Name, Address, Phone Number and Email. Application deadline is June 7.

The Stone Bench Project grew out of a Carving Studio and Sculpture Center Exchange Program with Ayacucho, Peru begun in 2005, helping teens reclaim their stone carving and cultural heritage. Inspired by the success in Ayacucho, instructor Nora Valdez continued the annual project in West Rutland during July of 2009. Funding for the Stone Bench Project is provided by the United Way of Rutland County, as well as contributions by members and friends of The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.


July 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am
July 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
636 Marble Street
West Rutland, VT 05777 United States
(802) 438-2097


Nora Valdez