Haystack continues to develop new programs to serve people on the local level as well. Haystack’s High School Programs are some of the other outreach programs that Haystack offers, and largely subsidizes, for residents of its home state and local communities.
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Student Craft Institute is a three-day studio session for approximately 70 Maine high school students from as many schools throughout the state, who work with noted New England artists. 2016 is the 33rd annual Student Craft Institute. The program welcomes high school juniors, from throughout the state, who have been identified as particularly gifted in the arts, to work in the studios on Haystack’s award-winning campus. Participants include students from a number of isolated rural communities, which is an important aspect of the program for the opportunity it provides to youngsters from different backgrounds to discover that they have common interests and can support one another in work undertaken together. Students from local high schools work closely with their instructors in Haystack’s studios.

 

Students from local high schools work closely with their instructors in Haystack's studios.

Students from local high schools work closely with their instructors in Haystack’s studios.

 

Over 1,000 Maine high school students have attended Haystack’s Student Craft Institute. 2016 faculty include: Charles Stigliano (wood), Rebecca Goodale (graphics), Amelia Poole (fiber), Kathy King (clay), Tanya Crane (enamels), and Andrew Hayes (blacksmithing).

Haystack’s 2016 Student Craft Institute is supported by Haystack’s Program Endowment Fund.

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Haystack’s annual Studio Based Learning, a three-day studio program for area high school students, was held from September 19–21. For twenty-two years the program has provided students with the opportunity to participate in workshops
in craft media taught by professional artists. Students and chaperones live on campus throughout the program and, in addition to studio time, faculty artists present work and share their ideas, inspiration, and creative processes, each evening.

Sixty-eight students, from Deer Isle-Stonington High School, George Stevens Academy and the Harbor School in Blue Hill, Bucksport High School, Vinalhaven High School, and Mt. Desert Island High School, attended this year. Instructors included: Patrick Quinn (blacksmithing), Anna Low (book arts), Ellen Wieske (metals), Chris Leith (textiles), and Heather McCalla (wood).

Studio Based Learning was supported this year by Parker Poe Charitable Trust and Haystack’s jackandharriet Fund.

Mentor Program is a follow-up activity of Studio Based Learning, which links local high school students with area artists who incorporate the studio experience into local arts curricula throughout the school year. Mentorships provide an intensive educational environment – the mentor concept is frequently cited as a great way to engage adolescents – one that not only can increase students aspirations, but provide an integrated and challenging educational experience. From January – early April, 2016 Haystack offered its 18th annual Mentor Program in which students worked with area artist mentors in an individualized and intensive setting. Thirteen students from three area high schools – Deer Isle-Stonington, George Stevens Academy, and the Bucksport High School– participated in workshops with professional artists over several weekends. 2016 mentors included: Mark Bell (porcelain clay/wheel-throwing), Robin Cust (metals/jewelry), Chris Leith (textiles), Susan Webster (mixed media/graphics), and Eric Ziner (blacksmithing).

Each year the Mentor Program culminates with an exhibition of student and mentor work at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs.

Support for the 2016 Mentor Program was provided by these funds of Haystack’s Program Endowment: the Ann and Chuck Holland, Belvedere, and Betsy Rowland.

“The highlight for me was how I wasn’t ever limited. The information was presented in a way that let me explore it and when I asked ‘Is this possible?’ the answer was always ‘YES!'”
Sarah Elliott, High school student from George Stevens Academy who participated in Haystack's mentor program

 

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