In addition to the core summer program, the school has developed intensive programs for Maine high school students and adults, local mentor programs for teens and adults, and community-based artists’ residencies.  Providing programs for local residents, similar in content and quality to those being offered to individuals from around the world during our core sessions, is central to the school’s mission. In order to ensure accessibility, Haystack underwrites local programs almost entirely, through individual and foundation support.

Throughout the winter Haystack works a lot with teens from our Island and Blue Hill Peninsula communities. Our annual Mentor Program exhibition of student and mentor work is mounted in April; Fab lab training for teens and teachers take place December – May; our annual Student Craft Institute for Maine high school juniors and Island Workshop Day, a program for adults from Deer isle, Stonington, and the Blue Hill Peninsula, take place in May; Haystack’s annual Studio Based Learning program is held each September; and the annual, season-ending workshops program for Maine adults, Open Door, is held every October.

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