Now in our 38th season, SFOA is an all-arts intensive festival for kids entering grades 1 through 11, which offers classes in visual arts and traditional crafts, music, dance, writing, theater, multi-media, and more.
The mission of SFOA is to encourage a community of artists of all ages, where children can express themselves creatively through a wide range of artistic endeavors, gain a lifelong appreciation for the diversity of the creative spirit, and celebrate that creativity through the performing and non-performing arts.
Most of our participants live on Mount Desert Island year-round, but we also have many summer visitors from across the state of Maine and beyond. SFOA encourages community and cooperation among all of its students and their families, our teachers and staff, and the public.
Working artists, whose common goal is to inspire the imagination and have fun, teach the classes! The three weeks culminate in a weekend Grand Finale that provides the participants an opportunity to perform, present, or display their creativity.
In honor of this year’s Acadia Centennial, much of SFOA’s summer programming will be centered around the celebration of Acadia National Park, and the many ways in which art and nature are undeniably linked. Many of our classes will focus on Acadia National Park as a source of artistic inspiration, through the use of field trips, guest artists, and Acadia-themed projects.
Some classes that will feature the connection to Acadia include: Acadian Printmaking, Experimental Photography, Acadia Campfire Stories, Viral Videos, Acadia’s Animals, Photobomb, Painting Acadia, The Art of Getting Dirty (gardening), Acadia’s Origami Forest, Experimental Writing, and more.
Programs are held at the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor, with many off-campus events in and around Acadia National Park and surrounding communities. The 2016 SFOA session will run July 5–22, with Finale performances on July 23.
Registration opens March 14. Please visit our website for more information or to register.