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FAQ

Program

Is this really a completely free program? 

The MA Craft Summit is generously underwritten by the Young-Weber Family Fund and is provided at NO COST to the student or the school. Participants receive workshop tuition, supplies, housing, and meals for free.  Transportation to and from Snow Farm is not included and is the sole responsibility of the participants.

How are students chosen to participate in the Summit? 

All the students who attend the Summit have been nominated by an art teacher.  They are all 10th graders, and they are all passionate about art!  We accept students in the order that we receive applications and when the program is full, we take a waitlist.

How are studio placements determined? Can I choose my workshop? 

During the Summit weekend, we offer six studios with a maximum of 8 or 9 students in each one.  Students will be placed in one studio for the whole weekend and dive deep into working with a new material or a new set of skills. At the time of application, we ask the students to rank their studio choices, and we do our best to honor those preferences, but we also ask students to come with an open mind and adventurous spirit to try something new. Studio assignments are announced during the welcome meeting on Saturday, October 26. The immersive workshop experience with no ringing bells and few interruptions is part of what makes a craft school special. Students say they can't believe how much they learn in just two days. 

Who will be teaching the classes?

The instructors invited to teach at the Summit are all working artists with teaching experience and a passion for working with young people. Often, they have been part of our faculty at Snow Farm Summer, a program similar to the Summit, but open to students ages 14 - 18 from everywhere!  

Is there supervision outside of class time? 

The schedule is full for the entire weekend with activities including a studio tour, open studio work time, glassblowing demos, and a bonfire.  The artist/instructors will be living on campus and in the dorm buildings so that students get a chance to know them both inside and outside of class.  Brian Brown, the director of the program, is a full-time high school teacher and has been the director of the Snow Farm Summer program for high school students for 10 years. 

This sounds great but I didn't get nominated.  Is there another way I can get in? 

Attending the annual MA Craft Summit is by nomination only.  Every school in Massachusetts is invited to participate, but we have room for only about 50 students, which means that even some people who are nominated get turned away. Snow Farm Summer for High School Students is another opportunity for students ages 14 - 18; this program is not free but scholarships are available.  In addition, we offer weekend workshops from May - October which are open to students ages 13+.  If you're interested, request our 2020 catalog to be mailed to you in November. 

What happens if I can't attend after I've been accepted? 

We understand that life happens and things sometimes change. At the same time, please be aware that we will have a waiting list for the Summit and your spot is highly desired. If you find that you can't make it, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can offer the opportunity to someone else. We only run the Summit once a year, and only for 10th graders, so unfortunately, it is not possible to reschedule. You can, however, come to Snow Farm in the summer for two or four weeks or take a weekend workshop anytime between May and October.

Details & Logistics

How do I get to Snow Farm?

Transportation to and from the Summit is the sole responsibility of the student and family. We are located at 5 Clary Road in Willliamsburg, MA.  If considering travel by bus or train, please get in touch with Pam who can help with details: 413-268-3101 x 104 or by email.  

What time is drop-off and pick-up?  

Students will be assigned a half-hour window for arrival on the morning of Saturday, October 26.  The earliest drop-off is 7:30 am and the latest is 9:00 am.  Your arrival time will be included in your acceptance letter. Pick-up is promptly at 4:00 pm on Sunday for everyone. See also the full schedule for the weekend.

Can I arrive late, leave early, or temporarily leave campus during the program? 

The short answer is no, we do not allow creative scheduling for the Summit. We invite all the high schools in Massachusetts to participate, but we only have room for about 50 people. Because of the demand and the limited spaces, we feel it's important to prioritize students who can participate fully. Also, the immersive part of the program and the opportunity to explore creative ideas for long periods of time is an important part of the experience.

Where do we sleep? 

The Snow Farm campus includes four dorm buildings. Each dorm has double rooms and shared bathrooms. All dorms are single-sex, and non-binary or trans students are asked on the application to choose a male or female dorm. Since only one student per school attends the summit, nobody knows anyone, and roomates are randomly assigned. It's fun to meet new people! 

I have dietary restrictions - will I be able to eat anything? 

We know that hard-working artists need nourishing and delicious meals!  A fully-stocked salad bar at lunch and dinner makes it easy for students with varying dietary needs to always find something to eat. We ask students to fill out a Health Form which includes a question about dietary needs. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, or vegan, and we will plan accordingly. Lastly, we have a participant refrigerator for use by students who want to bring some or all of their own food. 

How do you handle students who take daily medications or have medical limitations? 

We take student health and safety seriously and have a well-honed system in place. Our staff nurse reviews all the medical forms and required immunizations before any students arrive and will confer with families if there are any concerns. The nurse directs the daily medication schedule which is administered by the Director. Our on-call doctor is located just a couple miles down the road and provides excellent urgent care.  The nearest hospital is about 20 minutes away. 

What clothes and supplies do I need? 

Your acceptance letter will include a full packing list. In addition to your personal belongings, you will need a sleeping bag or sheets/blankets and a sketchbook. A raincoat and flashlight are also important. 

Can I bring my cell phone?

Students are welcome to bring cell phones and most people are able to get good service at Snow Farm.  Phones cannot be used in the studios but are allowed at other times of the day.  We encourage students to use their time at Snow Farm fully which can mean less cell phone use than at other times.

I have a question that hasn't been answered.  Who should I speak to?

We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.  You can call our office at 413-268-3101 during regular business hours (M - F, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm) or send a note