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About Compass Music and Arts Center

CMAC was created to entertain, educate, involve, and inspire its visitors through engagement with exhibits, performances, programs, and workshops that celebrate music and the creative arts. A 250-seat performance hall provides an ideal space for live music, dance performances, art exhibits, and community functions. Artist studios offerlocal artists an inspiring and collaborative space to work, with gallery spaces around the Center available to showcase their talents. Studio space and lesson rooms allow musicians their own work space to offer lessons in various musical disciplines.

CMAC is located in a 52,000 sq. ft. building, formerly known as Building K of the Brandon Training School. Abandoned in 1993, the building was in a state of disrepair when work began in early 2012 but has undergone several renovations to date and progress continues.

Floor plan to the main level of the CMAC building.


Artisan Studios and
Speciality Shops

Compass Treasure Chest

A unique co-op consignment shop selling and consigning collectables, antiques, new clothing, toys, art and much more!

Compass Local Artisan Market

Visit the market for canned goods, organic and hormone-free meats, fresh eggs, and baked goods.

Otter Valley Model Railroad

Witness the building of an "N" gage model railroad depicting the line from Rutland to Middlebury.

Wolfgang & Anna's Gute Stube

Wolfgang and Anna have set up this 'parlor' as a gathering place to meet people with similiar interests, have discussions and more.

Dan Gilman

Dan draws using a variety of media despite physical challenges. He hopes his studio here will help others see that emotional and artistic fulfillment can be achieved no matter what.

Philip is a second generation ship modeler. His models reflect his experiences, Vermont history and Lake Champlain. He uses a minimalist approach, attempting to use tools and techniques that echo those that may have been used aboard ship during a sailor's free time.



Shopping for antiques and collectibles, then visit Bagatelles. New items are added regularly. Shop for décor pieces, vintage and collector's items or just items that you can refurbish all at great prices. Find us in the corridor on your way to the Farmers' Market


AND: Classical music from Divine Art (over 550 CDs available) and the Compass Bookstore with hundreds of books from bargain paperbacks to rare collector's editions