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Stone Bench Project Application

The Stone Bench Project is open to young people ages 13-19. Participants will gain a solid skill basis in three-dimensional design, lettering, architectural and sculptural stone working, as well as an appreciation for the industrial history of the Marble Valley region.

The instructor for the class is master sculptor Nora Valdez, who helped initiate the project in Ayacucho, Peru and has taught the group in West Rutland since 2009. Tools and safety equipment for use in the sessions are provided. The workshop is free to selected students and is limited to ten. Application deadline is May 15, 2024.

PROJECT TIMELINE Mon- Friday 9AM - 3PM [June 24-July 5, 2024]

  • Week 1 - Design, model- making and assemble components of stone bench
  • Week 2 - Carving and completion of bench
  • Final day of workshop - Closing Reception
  • Date to be determined- Installation and dedication of 2024 Stone Bench.


Write a short essay explaining how you will benefit from participation in the Stone Bench Project. Include skills that you already have, as well as previous arts experience.