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 2021 and 2022 that held true to our values of offering teen artists an immersive and intensive learning experience.
What are your Covid prevention protocols during Snow Farm Summer?
Our Covid protocols for 2022 were very successful. We experienced two separate cases of Covid on campus with no spread. As always, we will pay close attention to the public health situation and adapt as necessary. Next year's protocols will be shared with registered families in June 2023.
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 medical team reviews all health forms before students arrive and will confer with families if there are any concerns. The daily medication schedule is administered by the Assistant Director under supervision of the medical team. 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.
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 to answer several essay questions and get a recommendation from an art teacher.
How and when can I apply?
Applications will be available by October 1, 2022. Please check back then for full details.
Do you have scholarships available? Yes. Limited scholarships are available with a typical award of $1000 - $1500. More application details will be available in mid-September.
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!