Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. Haystack has a competitive scholarship program which awards over 100 scholarships each year covering the cost of full tuition, room and board. Recipients are responsible for paying travel, shop fees, and materials costs. We are actively engaged in increasing the percentage of students we support each season, and believe it is one the most important things we can do to provide access to our programs.
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes. Applicants submit to the scholarship program. You may indicate more than one scholarship category and workshop choice on the application form. The annual scholarship application process opens January 1 and the application deadline is March 1.
How are people selected for summer workshops?
Workshops at Haystack are open to anyone 18 and over. After the application deadline, a review committee meets to place participants in workshops for the summer. Space in each studio is limited and selections are made based upon the need to maintain a diverse student body. Please keep in mind that answers to the questions on the application form are an important part of the review process. Focused applications tend to be more favorably received.
Do I have to be an accomplished artist to attend a Haystack workshop?
No. For each workshop we select a wide range of participants from varied backgrounds and skill levels. Unless otherwise noted in the workshop descriptions, workshops are open to all level of participants - from beginners to advanced professionals.
How much does it cost to attend a workshop?
Aside from travel costs, the main expenses for participants attending Haystack are tuition, room and board, shop fees, and materials fees (if additional materials are purchased in campus store). Shop fees vary for each individual workshop. Participants in glass or blacksmithing can typically expect to pay the most for shop fees and additional materials.
If I do not receive a scholarship, can my application be considered for General workshop selection?
Yes. When completing your online application form, there is a place to indicate if you would like your application to be considered in the general workshop applicant pool if you are not selected for a scholarship – you will list your workshop choices on the application form.
General enrollment requires applicants to take full financial responsibility for all costs associated with general workshop enrollment (i.e. tuition, room and board, shop fees, etc.).
Instructions on how to apply for general workshop consideration will follow after scholarship decisions are made. Note: If you do not receive a scholarship, no additional application fee is required in order to apply for general workshop enrollment.
What are my housing options for summer workshops?
Haystack’s campus offers a wide range of housing options to make it comfortable and cost-efficient for everyone who attends. All of our cabins are simple, “camp-like” accommodations with electricity and twin beds. We have shared rooms or single rooms, rooms with private bathrooms, and rooms near central, shared bathrooms. We have two dormitory cabins that sleep 11 people. We also have one, four-person ADA accessible cabin with a private bathroom.
While we make every effort to assign participants their first choice housing accommodation, occasionally we must assign per availability.
Do you have waiting lists for your summer workshops?
Yes. If you apply for a summer workshop and do not get in your name will automatically be placed on the WAIT LIST for that workshop. You will be notified if a space becomes available for you. Even after deadlines have passed, if you would like to add your name to the WAIT LIST for a workshop you may do so by sending in an application and write WAIT LIST on it. All applications should include a credit card number for the $50 application fee. If you are a wait list applicant, your payment will not be processed unless you are placed into a workshop. If you have questions, please contact Haystack.
Can I get academic credit for a workshop that I take at Haystack?
Currently, academic credit for workshops is offered only through the Maine College of Art and the University of Southern Maine. Arrangements may be made to receive credit at other institutions through MECA or USM.
Credit costs are set by the respective institutions and are subject to change. If interested in earning college credit as listed above, notify Haystack in the office on the first Monday of the session.
Can I take two workshops at once?
No. While you may visit other workshops that are taking place on campus while you are attending, you can only be enrolled in one workshop during each session. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like and oftentimes students wishing to take more than one workshop will stay for multiple sessions.
What is your cancellation policy?
If a cancellation is received prior to 30 days before a session begins, deposits are refunded, less a $100 cancellation fee. Every effort is made to issue refunds within fifteen business days of a cancellation. There is no refund if a cancellation is made within 30 days of the start of your session.
The cancellation policy is subject to change.
Will Haystack be accepting applications for the Open Studio Residency in 2021?
No. Individuals that were accepted into the program last year have been deferred to the coming season and as a result no new applications are being accepted this year. The next application cycle for the Open Studio Residency will take place in 2022.
How are people selected for the Open Studio Residency?
Haystack’s Open Studio Residency is open to anyone 21 and over. After the application deadline, a review committee meets to select residents. Space in each studio is limited and selections are made based upon the quality of work, the ability to work in an intensive community, and, if applicable, the nature and scope of work that will be done during the residency. Haystack residents are selected by an independent review panel, which is comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals who work in a variety of artistic mediums. Applicants are notified of admission status approximately 3 weeks after the applications deadline.
How much does it cost to attend the Open Studio Residency?
The $50 application fee, travel costs, and materials costs are the responsibility of the residency participant. There is no charge for tuition, room and board. Materials costs, payable at the conclusion of the residency, are the responsibility of the residency participant.
For the Open Studio Residency, will I have my own studio space?
No, Haystack provides shared studio spaces, so it is important for residents to be able to work in a supportive community setting. Residents should be self sufficient and able to work independently.
Can more than one person apply to the Open Studio Residency as a collaboration?
If you are collaborating on a project, individual application forms and supporting materials must be submitted by each collaborator. Each applicant will include the name(s) of all collaborators.
What are my housing options for the Open Studio Residency?
Housing will be assigned at random from among the various options. If you have particular physical needs, please note these on your application.
Can I attend part of a two-week session or part of the Open Studio Residency?
No, participation in the programs is for the full session.
Does SlideRoom have a step-by-step guide for Residency and Scholarship applicants?
Is there a resource guide for Residency and Scholarship applicants in need of technical assistance?
Do I have to send images with my summer workshop application?
Unless otherwise specified in workshop description, only people applying for the Technical Assistant scholarships should submit images of their work when applying. Technical Assistant applicants apply online via SlideRoom. Five images are required for technical assistant applicants. SlideRoom addresses file size requirements at SlideRoom Support.
Can I submit my workshop application electronically to Haystack?
Yes. General applicants will complete the application form once it becomes available on the Haystack website. Scholarship applicants will apply online through SlideRoom — a link to the Scholarship application will be posted to the Haystack website. The annual application process begins after January 1 and the application deadlines are: March 1 for General applicants and April 1 for Scholarship applicants. If you have questions, please Contact Haystack.
When applying to the Open Studio Residency, do I have to submit images?
Yes, up to five images are required for all visual artists. SlideRoom addresses file size requirements at SlideRoom Support. There is also an opportunity for writers to submit a writing sample instead of images. If you work in another discipline please contact Haystack to see what would be most appropriate work sample to submit.
When applying for a scholarship can my letters of reference be submitted to Haystack separate from my application materials?
No. Letters of reference are submitted online. Applicants identify their recommenders online during the application process. The SlideRoom system emails recommenders an invitation to submit a reference, with a summary and a link to a private portal for adding the letter. This is merged with the completed application and everyone receives confirmation. Applicants should contact their recommenders early in the process to give ample time for submitting a reference.
If I am applying for the Open Studio Residency AND a summer workshop session, do I pay one application fee?
An application fee is required for the separate programs. For example, a $50 application fee accompanies an Open Studio Residency application and a separate $50 application fee accompanies a summer workshop session application – whether Scholarship or General application. Note for the 2021 Open Studio Residency - individuals who were accepted into the program last year have been deferred to the coming season and as a result no new applications are being accepted this year. The next application cycle for the Open Studio Residency will take place in 2022.
If I am applying for more than one Summer Workshop Session, do I pay a $50 application fee for each application?
No, one $50 application fee covers all (one or more) applications to summer workshop sessions.
When are your application deadlines?
The annual application cycle begins January 1.
Open Studio Residency applications*
*Note for the 2021 Open Studio Residency - individuals who were accepted into the program last year have been deferred to the coming season and as a result no new applications are being accepted this year. The next application cycle for the Open Studio Residency will take place in 2022.
Scholarship applications for workshops
General applications for workshops
Workshop applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and students may be accepted up until the day workshops begin. All applications submitted after the April 1 deadline should include a credit card number for the $50 application fee. If you are a wait list applicant, your card will not be processed unless you are placed into a workshop. If you have questions, please Contact Haystack.
NOTE: While Haystack’s programs are all online for 2021, we plan to hold in-person programming again in 2022 and will post news about our season later this year. The application process for the 2022 season, including workshops, will begin in January. In the meantime, browse our 2021 season of online programs and check back regularly for updates.
How do I get to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts?
Haystack is located in Deer Isle, Maine, approximately 250 miles north of Boston. Currently the Haystack campus and store are closed to all visitors and until further notice.
The closest airport is Bangor (BGR). From Bangor it is about a 1 ½ hour drive to Deer Isle. If you give us your flight information we will make arrangements for a taxi to pick you up at the airport and deliver you to the Haystack campus. You will be billed for the taxi ride at the end of the session. If you come by bus, we can also arrange for a taxi to pick you up at one of the bus stations in Bangor. If you are driving to Haystack take a look at our Directions page for detailed driving directions.
How much does a taxi cost from Bangor International Airport to the Haystack campus?
The 2020 cost to take a taxi from Bangor International Airport to the Haystack campus was $75.00 per person, one way. This amount is subject to change annually. Please contact Haystack with any travel related questions.
Do you have a gallery where I can buy artwork?
No, we do not have a formal, commercial gallery. Where we can, we will gladly connect you with galleries that represent artists who have taught or studied at Haystack. If you wish to purchase artwork made at Haystack you may do so during one of our session auctions or our summer auction for which works donated by faculty, residency and workshop participants, and staff are sold to support scholarship programs.
Do you have programs for children?
While we offer special programs for local high school students, year-round, as well as junior high school students state-wide (Student Craft Institute), and elementary school students from Deer Isle, participants must be at least 18 years old to attend a workshop during one of our summer sessions.
Can I visit Haystack and see what is happening in the studios?
Haystack typically offers guided, weekly tours to the public every Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer (June-August). Currently the Haystack campus and store are closed to all visitors and until further notice.
What should I bring with me?
Participants accepted into our summer programs will be mailed a prep sheet that contains all of the basic information that individuals need to know for when they attend Haystack. The document details items you will need to bring - from clothing items to studio supplies, suggestions, and more.
What supplies do you sell in the store?
The Haystack store typically maintains an inventory of supplies basic to most workshops. Currently the Haystack campus and store are closed to all visitors and until further notice.
When programs are in session, if particular or unusual supplies are needed for your work, we advise that you to bring these with you, as we are located far from major supply sources. A list of special items to be brought from home will be given to participants in workshops that require more than simple, basic supplies. The store also has a stock of drugstore items, stationery, selected craft books, clothing, snacks, refreshments, small necessities, and miscellany. There is no artwork for sale in the store.
Do you allow pets?
Haystack does not allow participants to have pets on campus.
Can I have a guest visit me while I am attending Haystack?
Currently the Haystack campus and store are closed to all visitors and until further notice.
Typically when programs are in session, guests are welcome to visit the campus, but because of limited facilities, we are unable to accommodate friends and relatives at the school as overnight guests. Space permitting and with advance notice to the kitchen we can occasionally accommodate guests at dinner for a fee. Please check with the office if you would like to have a guest visit for a meal.
Do you have high-speed internet service?
No. Internet service on campus is limited. There are two computers in the library and, while adequate for checking email, they are often very slow for surfing or downloading. When programs are in session and the campus is open, the library also has wireless access through the same connection for participants who bring their own computers. On Island there are also some public wi-fi sites that we can suggest.
Is there cell phone service on campus?
Yes, but like internet service, cell service on campus is limited. Some carriers get better reception than others. Use of cell phones is NOT permitted in the studios, cabins, dining hall, or on the decks. There are designated areas for cell phone use.
Do I need a car while I am at Haystack?
No. Our campus is very secluded and there are no stores within walking distance. When programs are in session many students get by just fine for two weeks without a car - you can get essentials at the campus store or easily catch a ride into town with someone who has a car if you need something that we do not have available on campus.
What are your hours of operation?
Administrative Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm EST
Campus Store Hours
The Haystack campus store is currently closed until further notice.
Still have questions?
Please feel free to contact Haystack. Haystack staff are available Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm EST.