V isiting artists are an integral part of the Haystack experience, providing a wider context for exploring the crafts. Haystacks’ Visiting Artist Program strengthens and intensifies the educational environment at the school. The exchange of ideas between diverse backgrounds stimulates imagination and inventiveness. Visiting artists participate in the core summer sessions, living in the Haystack community and working in their own dedicated studio space. The new visiting artist studio is spacious, allowing students to gather there at the end of the day for writing workshops, poetry sharing, impromptu musical performances, and more. (The new studio was inaugurated during the summer of 2005, and serves as studio space and housing for the visiting artists, as well as a space for installations, and small workshops.) Presentations are held nightly at the school, and visiting artists are invited to share their art, ideas and sources of inspiration. The audience for our visiting artists include a student body of over 80 individuals from around the world. Total audience for events is 100+, including students, local residents and visitors alike, who attend our nightly programs where visiting artists share their work.The Visiting Artist Program has brought amazing talent to the school to share their work including writers, choreographers, musicians, performance artists, and scientists. All have been dynamic additions to our programming and have allowed the school to push in new and challenging directions.

2020 Visiting Artists will be announced
and posted here by mid-December 2019


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Visiting artists augment sessions with informal activities.

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