"I grew up on a dairy farm in rural Conway, MA. My Great Aunt, Ruth J. Totman, who was a highly educated woman for her time, felt it her obligation to ensure the younger generations of farm children didn’t grow up void of culture and world view. As she had done for my father and his siblings, Great Aunt Ruth would take my brother and me for a week or weekend of exposure to travel and the arts. We went to museums, plays, national monuments, music events and even to a water ballet. These 'field trips' opened my eyes to creative living and personal expression through art. In my office hangs an architect’s drawing from 1959 of the building on the UMASS Amherst campus which carries her name. It serves as a constant reminder of how important it is to expose young people to the power of their own creativity."
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program
5 Clary Road, Williamsburg, MA 01096
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program is a craft school set on 50 acres of rural farmland in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. In existence for over 20 years, Snow Farm offers high quality arts education in an inspiring setting: the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. The extensive and professionally equipped studios, dining facility and living spaces are a blend of a 1700's farm and contemporary, architect-designed structures set amidst New England hills and pastures. Snow Farm offers all levels of instruction withover 180 classes taught by professional artists. Classes range in length from two days to one week. Snow Farm also offers a four week residential Summer High School Program for students ages 14-18, and twelve weeks of Road Scholar Programing from April through October. Many students, young and old, feel their experience at Snow Farm’s creative community provided them with much needed joy and rejuvenation, as well as a new found confidence in their ability to live a creative life.