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Scholarships & Access Programs

Snow Farm is proud to offer four opportunities that open our doors wider to diverse audiences. Each program has a different focus and application criteria; candidates are welcome to apply to all that fit their situation.

Scholarships for BIPOC Artists

The application period for this program is closed. If you want to hear about similar opportunities in the future, make sure you're on our mailing list. Thanks for your interest.

Scholarships for artists who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) strengthen our commitment to equity and inclusion. We value being a community of diverse of voices, backgrounds, and experiences, yet we recognize that BIPOC students and artists are underrepresented on our campus due to barriers that have existed historically and in the present. These scholarships provide both access and an invitation.

Scholarship recipient Vanna Valdez shares about her experience at Snow Farm in this video

The scholarships for BIPOC artists include full tuition, supplies, housing, and meals, for a 2- or 3-day workshop of the recipient's choosing. A $150 stipend is available for travel, if needed.  One award will be made for each Snow Farm studio:

  • 2D/Mixed Media
  • Ceramics
  • Fiber/Baskets
  • Metalsmithing/Jewelry
  • Flat Glass (kiln, stained, mosaics)
  • Flameworking
  • Woodturning
  • Welding


Thank you to these funders who supported scholarships for BIPOC artists in 2021: Tracy Alexander, Polly Allen (Snow Farm board member-fiber),  Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail (ceramics), Asparagus Valley Pottery Guild (ceramics), Suzan Gannett, Jenny Golay, the Leonora Kosofsky Endowment Fund, Patrick McMahon,  Alan Meltzer, Lisa Oram, Margaret Somer, Heather Tauck (wood); Melissa Weiss (ceramics).

If you would like to support the scholarship fund for BIPOC artists, make a gift now

Work-Study Program

craft school, snow farm craft, welded sculptureThe Work-Study program is an opportunity for students, artists, and craftspeople (ages 18+) to work at Snow Farm in various capacities in exchange for tuition-free workshops, housing, and meals when the dining hall is open. The Program runs from April – November in three sessions. 

Kathy Guo, work-study participant in 2021, shares about her experience in this blog post.

April 25 – June 27, 2022  (9 weeks, preferred application deadline March 1)
August 1 – September 19, 2021 (7 weeks, preferred application deadline June 1)
September 19 – November 11, 2021 (8 weeks, preferred application deadline June 1)


Workshop Access Program

The application period for this program is closed. If you want to make sure you hear about similar opportunities in the future, make sure you're on our mailing list.  Thanks for your interest!

The Workshop Access Program (WAP) has been serving the community since 2019; it helps defray the cost of a Snow Farm workshop for people who could not otherwise afford to attend. Eligibility is based on household income and a tax return is part of the application process.  Once accepted, participants in WAP can enroll in select workshops at a 75% discount on tuition when space is available two weeks before the start of a class. Throughout the year, there are openings in many different types of classes for WAP participants, and we are always glad when a spot is filled.  Flexible interests and schedule required.

More details

If you would like to support the Workshop Access Program, make a gift now.

Scholarships for High School Students

Snow Farm started as a summer program for high school students (called Horizons: The New England Craft Program at the time) and serving teen artists is still an important part of our mission. Snow Farm Summer runs two, 2-week sessions in July, and we offer partial and full need-based scholarships to nearly a third of the participants.  The application process for Snow Farm Summer, with or without a scholarship is underway now.  Scholarship applications are due on March 15, 2022.

If you would like to support scholarships for high school students, make a gift now.