Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
The László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building, a gift from László Z. Bitó and Olivia Carino, is a freestanding, 16,500-square-foot structure that is connected to the Avery Arts Center's music wing by a covered walkway. Designed by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP, the building is scheduled for completion in January 2013, and will be used primarily by students in The Bard College Conservatory of Music. Facilities include a 145-seat performance space that can be configured several ways, allowing students to reimagine the traditional concert space; 15 teaching studios; a lounge; and a large classroom. The Bitó Conservatory Building also has one-touch audio and video recording and live streaming capabilities.