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A Craft School & an Opportunity

e-newsletter sent to Snow Farm community on 5/01/21

Dear Snow Farm friends,
At the encouragement of my art teacher, I applied for a $500 art scholarship in my junior year of high school. I was successful and given funds to apply towards art education. I spent some of the money on a Minolta 500 camera, and I used the rest for private art lessons to develop a portfolio of work. The portfolio enabled me to apply as an art student to college and be accepted.

The $500 scholarship opened a door for me and truly changed the course of my life. It gave me confidence to start thinking of different career options and built a new connection with my art teacher as a mentor. Even today, I feel the impact of that long-ago scholarship.

Year after year, scholarships to Snow Farm change the lives of those who receive them. Only with your financial donations are we able to offer these scholarship opportunities:

High School Scholarships for Snow Farm Summer are awarded annually to high school students, based on financial need and merit. Awards typically range from $500 to $2,500. Snow Farm partners with Summer Search in New York City, Boston Arts Academy, and Scholastic Art Awards to reach an even greater diversity of applicants. Specific scholarships have been set up in collaboration with individuals such as the Claire Forbes Memorial High School Scholarship. The number of scholarships Snow Farm can give out depends on you!

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New in 2021, Scholarships for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Artists have been designated for clay, metalsmithing, and fiber classes. Full scholarships include tuition, room, board, and a stipend for travel. Instructors Melissa Weiss and Tanya Crane, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Guild, and Board member Polly Allen have been early champions of this effort and stepped forward to make the launch of these scholarships possible. Give today to support BIPOC Scholarships!

The Workshop Access Program, based on financial need, offers 75% off workshop tuition when space is available two weeks before the start of a class. Applications are accepted from January through April each year; this year, 33 qualified applicants will have access to a Snow Farm workshop who would otherwise be financially able. Help support artists to advance their craft by donating.

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Please give today and open a door of new possibilities for someone!

Thank you,

Mary Jo Murphy

Executive Director​​