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History & Mission

Snow Farm’s mission is to provide exceptional studio craft and fine art instruction for people of all ages in an inspiring residential setting.  We offer an evolving, expansive community where every experience is intended to awaken and nourish the life-changing power of creativity.

A Bit of History

1982:  Jane Sinauer founds Horizons: The New England Craft Program, a summer program for teenagers "where a resident faculty of artists and high school kids have the opportunity to live and work together in a hands-on studio experience." The original studios included clay, photo, wood, weaving, and surface design. For the first three years, the program is headquartered in the Pioneer Valley of MA but takes place each summer in Augusta, ME. 

1985:  After a year and a half of searching the Pioneer Valley in MA for a permanent home, Horizons is able to purchase a 50-acre property in Williamsburg, MA that once belonged to the Snow family.  The farmhouse on the property dates back to the 1700s.  The owner at the time of the purchase was an artist who delighted in knowing the property would continue as a place where creativity would thrive.

1986: With construction barely complete on the new buildings, the summer program for teens carries on in Williamsburg.

1987:  Through a partnership with Elderhostel (now called Road Scholar), Horizons becomes the site of weeklong intensive craft programs for older adults.  

1988:  Horizons begins to offer its own adult programming in the form of weekend workshops. 

2000:  The ownership of Horizons changes hands and the program is renamed Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program.

2002:  Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program becomes a nonproft organization. 

2016:  Snow Farm, the nonprofit organization, purchases the property.