Our Mission

To enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the community by providing accessible, diversified educational programs to the public.

About Us

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL), founded in 1996, is a nonprofit cultural organization providing lectures, workshops, moderated discussions, and other enriching educational experiences. GMALL’s dynamic in-person and online offerings span a wide variety of programs for adults that are scholarly and practical, local and global, historical and current, and academic and hands-on.

Like Vermont itself, GMALL is independent, open, welcoming, civic-minded, pioneering, and small yet determined. From pickleball to presidential politics, GMALL programs cultivate patrons’ diverse interests, skills and educational appetites. Over the years, GMALL has hosted playwrights, chefs, historians, economists, political scientists, novelists, journalists, painters, linguists, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, activists, musicians, archeologists, naturalists, actors, singers, adventurers, poets, and elected officials — among others.

GMALL fosters strong ties with colleges and universities whose faculty generously bring their expertise to our patrons. Many GMALL lecturers represent institutions from throughout New England and the Northeast, including Dartmouth College, Norwich University, Middlebury College, Williams College, Bennington College, University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Skidmore College, and Union College.

GMALL History

Rita Silverman, a university English professor and GMALL’s founding director, established the organization in 1996 as a partnership between Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, and Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Its goal was to provide adults with intellectually stimulating, inexpensive non-credit courses taught by college professors. In 2001, the organization’s volunteer board of directors voted to establish GMALL as an independent nonprofit organization and to broaden its programming and reach beyond its academic roots.

In its 25-year history, GMALL has conducted thousands of programs and reached tens of thousands of patrons from the Dorset-Manchester area and from throughout Southern Vermont and communities in New York State. During the global pandemic in 2020, GMALL moved its programming online indefinitely, continuing to fulfill patrons’ desire for cultural enrichment while expanding its reach unbound by geography. Moving forward, GMALL plans to return to in-person programs while continuing to offer some virtual programming.


Collaborating with other educational and cultural nonprofits, schools and businesses is critical to GMALL’s success. Programming partnerships strengthen and enhance what organizations have to offer to each other and the entire community. We encourage you to patronize GMALL’s partners and financial sponsors.