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The Work-Study Experience

It could be said that no one gets to know Snow Farm better, or from as many different angles, as our Work-Study participants. Living, working, and learning at Snow Farm provides a unique craft school experience, one that few can claim all aspects of.

As a Work-Study participant, every day is a little different; you may be asked to step in to help in the kitchen, do a few hours of administrative work in the office, or lend a hand to our studio staff as they maintain our 8 active studios. The work experience you gain as you navigate day-to-day life at an arts nonprofit can be invaluable for your future career pursuits. 

You will have the opportunity to take workshops in multiple studios - fall in love with a new medium, bring a lesson from one discipline to another, and leave your session with many samples and completed projects: a stained glass panel, a wood turned bowl, or a blown glass cup! Emily Dunnack (Work-Study participant Summer 2023) shared that one of her favorite parts of her experience was that it gave her “the opportunity to try out new crafts [she] never would have otherwise.”

Emily Dunnack and classmates pose with projects in the Fiber Studio

Emily Dunnack (second from left) and fellow classmates pose with projects created in Stitched Mosaics with Timna Tarr.

When you sit down to enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner, you never know who you might strike up a conversation with. Our professional instructors are acclaimed artists and teachers from across the country - and your fellow students are just as interesting! As David Dam (Work-Study participant Fall 2023) said, “everyone I met during my time just wanted to share their passion in the arts and cultivate a fun learning environment.”

As you tidy up the common room, answer student questions with confidence, or get an evening bonfire started - you will feel yourself an important part of the craft school ecosystem. Many of our work-study participants remain engaged with Snow Farm in various capacities: returning for future workshops, volunteering for our Seconds Sale in November, or even taking on part-time work here. Wherever your path takes you, you can be sure that your time at Snow Farm will have opened creative, interpersonal and career doorways for you.

Work-Study participants Theresa Xuan Bui and Elliot Papp show off work created during their session.

As Dana Harpster (Work-Study participant Fall 2022) summed it up, “the Snow Farm Work-Study Program provided me the opportunity to take classes … surrounded by beautiful nature and friendly people. It’s an experience I’d recommend to anyone who loves to create.”

We are reviewing applications now for the 2024 Work-Study Program which offers 5 sessions, April-October

 Apply today!

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