Technical Assistants

Technical Assistants are responsible for assisting instructors, as well as overseeing shop maintenance and organization

Scholarship Program Procedures & Selection Criteria

Scholarship Program


Application Procedure Haystack’s scholarship program awards up to 100 scholarships annually, which are available through competitive application to those who are 18 years of age or older. Applicants may seek scholarship support in more than one category. Because competition for Haystack scholarships is intense, applicants are encouraged to be selective in their choice of workshops, indicating only first and second choices. Please keep in mind that answers to the questions on the application form are an important part of the review process. Focused applications tend to be more favorably received.

Enrollment in each studio is limited. Applications are reviewed competitively. Applicants will be notified of admission status approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Scholarship applicants (including Technical Assistants, Work Study and Minority Work Study) submit applications online through SlideRoom at haystack.slideroom.com. Technical Assistant, Work Study, and Minority Work Study applicants are not required to mail in hard copies of the application forms. Applicants who do not receive scholarships and wish to be considered for regular enrollment can indicate this on the application.

Still have Questions? Please feel free to contact Haystack at (207) 348- 2306 or haystack@haystack-mtn.org. Haystack staff are available M-F, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST.

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Technical Assistant Scholarships

Evening at the Clay Studio

Applicants should have completed one year of graduate specialization, or the equivalent, in the area for which aid is requested. Because technical assistants are responsible for assisting the instructor, and for shop maintenance and organization, they are expected to be familiar with the general technical requirements of a particular studio and instructor. While responsibilities as a technical assistant are demanding, and have priority during the session, there is ample time for personal work and study.

Technical assistants receive a grant (usually given for a single session) covering full tuition, shop fees, room and board at the dormitory rate for a period of study for one or two weeks. Those who wish to stay in a more expensive accommodation must pay the difference between that and the dorm rate. Materials costs, payable at the conclusion of the session, are the responsibility of the grant recipient.

Criteria for Selection:

  • The level of competence and accomplishment in the area for which they have applied.
  • The ability to assist in a teaching/ learning environment.
  • The ability to work in a supportive, closely knit community.

Application Must Include:

    • Your current (one page) resumé.
    • Up to five images of your work in digital format. SlideRoom provides a list of acceptable file formats and file sizes. When submitting an image, you will also enter the following information: image/work title, date, dimensions, and materials/technique.
    • All image filenames must include your name and the title of the work.
    • Two letters of reference.

  • A list of your specific technical abilities.
  • A $35 application fee, which is nonrefundable.

Technical Assistant applications are reviewed by an independent scholarship review committee.

In some cases, instructors have selected their own studio assistants – below is a list of workshops in which technical
assistants WILL be needed:

Session 1: Ceramics (Gerit Grimm); Drawing (MaJo Keleshian); Metals (Greg Wilbur);

Session 2: Ceramics (Daniel Johnston);

Session 3: Baskets (Lissa Hunter); Ceramics (Bai Ming); Fiber/Mixed Media (Mo Kelman); Glass (Cassandra Straubing); Metals (Damon Thompson);

Session 4: Ceramics (Julia Galloway);

Session 5: Ceramics (Jason Green); Weaving (Ismini Samanidou);

Session 6: Ceramics (Aysha Pelz); Fiber (Amelia Poole).

Note: Writers and Visiting Artists do not require technical assistants.

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Work Study Scholarships

Haystack’s work study program is intended for those who show high promise in their field, and who need help in meeting the expense of a Haystack session. In return for a grant that covers their full tuition, room, and board, work study students will be assigned periodic tasks in the kitchen, or around the school campus. Assigned tasks will not exceed three hours daily, and each student will have ample time for personal work and study in the studio.

The kitchen is a great place to work!

The kitchen is a great place to work!

Work study students receive a grant covering full tuition, room and board at the dormitory rate for a period of study for one or two weeks. Those who wish to stay in a more expensive accommodation must pay the difference between that and the dorm rate. Review Room & Board rates. Materials costs, payable at the conclusion of the session, are the responsibility of the grant recipient.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Stated financial need.
  • A commitment to and growing knowledge of the craft area for which application is made.
  • The ability to work in a supportive, closely knit community.

Application Must Include:

    • Your current (one page) resumé.
    • Two letters of reference.
    • A statement of financial need, which should include a summary of your estimated income and expenses for the current year. List income from your: employment, parents, trust funds, spouse’s earnings, etc. Examples of expenses would include: household/food costs, rent/mortgage, utilities, total college debt, medical expenses, health insurance, other insurance, etc.
    • A $35 application fee, which is nonrefundable. Shop fees and materials costs are the responsibility of the grant recipient. Shop fees are payable at the conclusion of the session. Scholarships are usually given for a single session.

  • Please DO NOT submit images

Work Study and Minority Work Study applications are reviewed by an independent scholarship review committee.

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Minority Scholarships

To increase participation in its program by individuals from racially and culturally diverse communities within the United States, Haystack awards up to six full scholarships annually to students of color. These scholarships provide full tuition, room and board. Shop fees and materials costs are the responsibility of the grant recipient. If you wish to apply or a minority scholarship, please follow the application procedures listed under the work study scholarships section. Assigned tasks and criteria for selection are the same as for work study students.

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SHOP FEES
For Work Study, Minority Work Study, and Regular (non-scholarship) applicants, shop fees cover the cost of materials for common use in a studio. In blacksmithing the shop fee will be approximately $100 per week, and in glassblowing approximately $500-$700 for two-week sessions and $250—$350 for the one-week session. In all other studios the fee may range from $5 to $75 per week. For clay workshops there will be a charge for clay in addition to the shop fee. Participants will be informed of the specific amount of their shop fee at the conclusion of their session. Supplies not provided for in the shop fee may be purchased at the school store.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY
If a cancellation is received at least 30 days before a session begins, deposits are refunded, less a $50 cancellation fee. For cancellations received between 29 and 15 days before a session begins, there is a $250 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 14 days of the start of a session.

 

OTHER INFORMATION
All materials and supplies are the responsibility of workshop participants. Some supplies and equipment are provided in the studios (see shop fees); most others may be purchased at the school store. A memo detailing the workshop supplies, and other personal items you will need to bring from home, will be sent after your application has been approved. Students are admitted to Haystack without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.

 

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