Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Long recognized internationally as a leader in craft education, Haystack offers quality studio workshops in a variety of media, and explores new ideas in craft through innovative programs and symposia. These other programs and initiatives include collaborations with institutions such as the MIT Media Lab looking at technology and the hand, to biannual retreat sessions for former Haystack faculty to have the time to develop ideas and experiment in various media. The school has also been an innovator in developing an annual monograph series, where writers from varied disciplines reflect on the creative process and craft. Each of Haystack’s innovative programs - exhibitions, visiting artists and artist residencies, the intensive, studio-based workshops, symposia and retreats, and Summer Evening Program Series - feature American masterpieces.

Haystack offers the following:


In addition, Haystack has also made a long term and significant commitment to developing programs for Maine and the Deer Isle and Blue Hill Peninsula that are of the same quality and characterized by this same spirit. The school continues to develop new programs to serve people on the local level, including intensive workshops for high school students and adults, community based residencies, and a teen mentor program. Read more about Haystack's Maine Programs, which provides an overview of these other outreach programs offered, and which Haystack largely subsidizes, for residents of its home state and local communities.