How was Snow Farm impacted by Covid-19?
Snow Farm is a small program set on 50 acres of historic farmland, and therefore, well suited to adapt to the demands of safe programming during the pandemic. We closed completely for four months starting in April 2020 and were deeply disappointed to cancel the summer program for high school students in July 2020. During the closure, we adapted our studio spaces, dining hall, dorms, and overall operations for Covid containment. We reopened for adults in August 2020 for an abbreviated season, and again in April 2021. We are very proud to say that we held a successful teen program in July 2021, with some modifications, that held true to our values of offering teen artists an immersive and intensive learning experience.
Will everything be back to "normal" in 2022?
We are planning a robust summer program for 2022, without the need for any protocols related to the prevention of Covid-19. As always, we will pay close attention to the public health situation and adapt as necessary.
What is your cancellation policy?
- Anyone who cancels by May 1, 2022, for any reason, can receive a full refund, less the $75 application fee.
- After May 1, there are no refunds or credits for cancellations, late arrival or early departure, for any reason.
- If a student is required to leave the program due to alcohol or drug use or other disruptive behavior, no refunds will be given
What happens if someone gets hurt or sick while at Snow Farm?
We always take student health and safety seriously and have a well-honed system in place. Our staff nurse reviews all medical forms before student arrive and will confer with families if there are any concerns. The nurse directs the daily medication schedule which is administered by the Assistant Director. We have an on-call doctor and access to tele-health appointments. The nearest hospital is about 15 minutes away.
What “type” of kids come to Snow Farm?
All the students who come to Snow Farm have one thing in common – they are passionate about art. In school, our students wish they could stay in art class all day long, and at Snow Farm, they do! Six hours of instructional time and three to four hours of open studio a day is a dream come true. Watch the video by Ann Mandigo about how her son "found his tribe" at Snow Farm. Year after year, we see students form a safe, welcoming and accepting community where they quickly make important friendships.
Can I come to Snow Farm for both sessions?
Yes! Being at Snow Farm for four weeks instead of two means you can take four different studios. If you choose to take the same studio in both sessions, you will repeat some of the directed lessons from the previous session to finely tune your skills and have time for a second in-depth final project..
Why is there no glassblowing being offered?
The glassblowing studio, with shared blow pipes and necessary teamwork, was not adaptable to Covid-19 prevention and did not reopen when the rest of Snow Farm. We are taking another year to carefully consider how best to offer glassblowing at Snow Farm. We expect glassblowing to return in 2023. In the meantime, there are great opportunities to work with glass in flameworking and flat glass.
Do I need a portfolio to apply?
No. The most important quality for success at Snow Farm is the desire to be in art class ALL DAY LONG. The application will ask you for a short personal statement and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, coach or other non-family adult who knows you well.
What is the deadline to apply?
April 1, 2022 is the priority deadline to assure first choice studios. We accept students on a rolling basis and place students in their first choice studios, unless that studio is full at the time of application. Therefore, it's really best to apply sooner rather than later. In 2021, all studios filled quickly. Second studios are assigned based on where there is room available after first choices are accommodated. Students will be informed about second studios by April 15, 2022, so they can accept their spot in the program by May 1, 2022. See application timeline.
Do you have scholarships available? Yes. Limited scholarships are available with a typical award of $1000 - $1500. Scholarship applications are due March 15, 2022.
Do you know of any other scholarships I could apply for that would help me attend Snow Farm Summer?
We partner with Scholastic Art & Writing which runs a scholarship program for Gold and Silver Key winners in their art contests. Some schools have funds to support summer experiences for their students so check with your guidance counselor. There may also be scholarships available through art organizations in your town. Google is your friend!
Can I get school credit for being in the program?
If your school has a process by which you can apply for credit, we will be glad to provide them any documentation they request. Even if you don't get credit at your high school, please keep in mind that at Snow Farm Summer, you'll receive a minimum of six hours a day of studio instruction. You'll develop expertise in two areas of study. Many students say the experience at Snow Farm feels like a semester of college, and students who come for three or four years, acquire skills that can place them out of college courses.
How can I get more information about Snow Farm and the summer program?
- Come for a visit and tour. We'd be glad to show you around and answer all of your questions. Tours are by appointment, so give a call to schedule: 413-268-3101.
- Take a weekend workshop. Give us a try! All weekend workshops are open to students ages 13+. Teens who stay overnight must be accompanied by an adult; teens who do not stay in our housing are welcome to come on their own.
- Talk to a reference. We can connect you with a parent or teen who has been to Snow Farm in the past and can give you all the inside scoop. You can also hear parents and teens talking about their experience in these videos.
- We are small program and value personal connections. We have a year-round administrative staff who is happy to assist. Our business hours are 9am - 5pm EST. Reach out and talk to us!