Education is an essential element of Verge's mission and supports dialogue that helps us understand the art of our time. The new space includes a 1,600 square foot education center and library lounge. Sacramento's community college system plays a vital role in the art community both through their employment of local artists as educators and their service to area students. Since June 2011, local colleges have seen their cuts as high as 17% in class offerings with arts programming being some of the hardest hit. Verge's classroom will serve both students and artists by providing important teaching opportunities to emerging and established arts educators while supplementing deficiencies in regional arts education. Verge will house flexible space to accommodate multiple classrooms for up to 80 people in audience-style lectures, performance, film and other events. The library lounge is a gathering place for informal discussions and will be stocked with reading materials on current exhibitions, artists, and global art trends.
A community print lab, the only one of its kind in Sacramento, allows artists and students to learn and teach the art of printmaking and to rent the lab to make their own work. Because this lab is unique to the region, Verge will enable artists to learn a valuable craft. Verge will also offer print making classes to the community as part of its mission to enhance community arts education.