Haystack’s community programs promote the arts and contribute to the creative lives of Maine residents through local, regional, and statewide programming.
Haystack opens our season with Island Workshop Day, a special program for residents of Deer Isle, Stonington and the greater Blue Hill Peninsula and is designed for individuals of all skill levels and backgrounds. Presented in partnership with the Healthy Island Project, workshops are offered in ceramics, metals, graphics, fiber, blacksmithing, writing, and woodworking; taught by local and regional artists.
For the past 35 years, Open Door has welcomed Maine residents to campus for an intensive three-day weekend and is designed for individuals of all skill levels and backgrounds. Workshops are offered in ceramics, metals, graphics, fiber, blacksmithing, writing, and woodworking; taught by established artists from across the country.
For nearly 40 years, the Student Craft Institute has brought high school juniors and seniors from larger cities and small towns to some of the most remote parts of the state and coastal communities to campus for this immersive three-day program. Students who attend might be some of the most experienced in their class - or show great promise, interest, and potential in the arts.
For the past 25 years, students from the Island and across the Blue Hill Peninsula have taken part in Studio Based Learning. The program encourages creative problem solving and community building for young people in our area, providing the opportunity to participate in immersive workshops over the course of three days.
For the past twenty years, the Mentor Program has provided high school students with the opportunity to learn from professional artists and makers in their community. Taking place each winter, students participate in small cohorts and work with their mentors over an extended period of time, while forging connections with their peers that often extend far beyond the program itself.
Beginning in 2018, Haystack established a paid internship program for area high school students. Interns assist in running the Fab Lab on the Haystack campus, help session participants, and shadow volunteers that oversee the lab. Job training and exposure to participants and faculty from across the US and abroad make for a rich and impactful experience.
Presented in partnership with OUT Maine, this is our first dedicated program for LGBTQ high school students from throughout the State of Maine. The goal of the Haystack Out Maine Weekend is to empower and inspire young people to see themselves in their fullest capacity and model an open and out life in the arts. The program provides an immersive three-day experience in a safe and supportive environment, working alongside nationally recognized artists from the LGBTQ community.