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Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts

34 Big Hollow Road
Maplecrest, NY 12454

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Welcome from the Director

In this bustling era of large language machines, the human touch in art resonates even more profoundly. We yearn for authenticity, for narratives that sing of joys and sorrows, dreams, and realities – Making and practicing art and crafts are a fundamental expression of our humanity, a language that transcends words and cultures. It allows us to tell our stories, share our experiences, and connect with each other on a deeper level.

This summer, Sugar Maples Center For Creative Arts redefines the art and craft experience. In addition to traditional offerings in ceramics, painting, and fiber arts, we will now be hosting workshops in writing on art, craft and memoir, written alphabet design, fly tying, and perfumery.

We invite you to explore the written word, delving into the power of storytelling through workshops in writing and calligraphy. Learn the art of crafting your own alphabet, infusing each letter with your unique personality. For those seeking a connection to nature, our fly tying workshop will guide you in creating beautiful, functional works of art inspired by the buzzing life of the Catskills. And for those drawn to the evocative world of scent, our perfumery workshop will unlock the secrets of fragrance creation, allowing you to capture the essence of a summer day in a single bottle.

These new workshops reflect our commitment to providing a space for everyone to explore their creativity, regardless of their experience or background. We believe that arts and crafts have the power to transform lives, build communities, and make the world a more beautiful place.

Our beautiful, light-filled studios, nestled amidst the breathtaking Catskill Mountains, become your haven for exploration. Hike through sun-dappled forests, let the cool mountain breeze invigorate your senses, and find inspiration in the whispers of nature. Workshops become more than just skill-building exercises; they are journeys of self-discovery, fueled by the beauty around you and the shared passion of fellow creators.

See you in the Catskills!

Kulvinder Kaur Dhew, Director
Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts

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Our 2024 Summer Workshops and Classes Are Open for Registration

Plan for a great summer of learning art in the Catskills!

CLICK HERE to See Our Summer Workshops!
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Art Explorers

Do you like to play outside and be creative? Art Explorers is for you! We will take inspiration from the flowers, bugs, trees, and mountains around us. We will tap into our creative problem solving to capture the magic of nature and create paintings, drawings,and sculptures. Each day will include free play in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains, art exploration and creative connections. We will build, construct and play. Join us!

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!
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Speaker Series

The Speaker Series at Sugar Maples Center For Creative Arts at the Catskill Mountain Foundation is dedicated to providing the highest quality lecture experiences for the enrichment of the community in the Catskill region. Speakers represent a wide variety a wide variety of cultural subjects from the visual arts, writing, poetry, architecture, and the environment. They are chosen based on their extraordinary achievements and unique expertise in their fields of endeavor.

Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and provoke meaningful conversations that matter.

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Internship Program

Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts offers Internships in its Ceramics, Fibers and 2D studios. Successful candidates are provided the opportunity to assist visiting faculty and students and immerse themselves in the busy summer workshop program and participate in special projects and events in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York.

CLICK HERE to apply!
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Commuter Residencies

We offer commuter residencies for non-residential artists.

CLICK HERE to apply!
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Scholarships

We offer four categories of scholarships to students who wish to attend Sugar Maples.

Sugar Maples Scholarships
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FAQ

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By car: Sugar Maples Center For Creative Arts

Nearest Train: https://www.amtrak.com/stations/hud

By public transportation: There is no public transportation directly to Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts. However, you can take a bus to Hunter and then arrange an Uber or taxi to the center. The bus leaves from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC. The ride takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Trailways Bus: https://trailways.com/

We offer a variety of workshops and art classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced. CLICK HERE for a complete list of workshops currently open for registration.

We offer a variety of programming for youth of all ages and interests. Our youth programs are designed to help young people learn, grow, and have fun.

We offer a safe and supportive environment for youth to explore their interests and talents. We are committed to providing high-quality youth programming that makes a difference in the lives of young people.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Art Explorers program.

Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts does not currently have a cafeteria on-site. However, There is a vibrant restaurant and coffee scene less than 4 miles from campus. You can also bring your own food and drinks to the center. During summer workshops, lunches can be ordered and are delivered to your studio.

Yes. Weekly classes are offered in Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Fibers, and Youth from early October to the end of April in During the summer season, weekly classes are offered in Ceramics and Fibers.

Yes. Our scholarship program features 4 categories:

Futures Scholarship. One must apply for this scholarship and qualify based upon demonstration of financial need, merit, or belonging to an underrepresented community. CLICK HERE to apply.

College Scholarship. To qualify, any faculty member at your school is welcome to submit your name for this award. CLICK HERE to apply.

CMF Scholarship. To qualify, you must be nominated/selected by any CMF staff member. CLICK HERE to apply.

Educators Scholarship. You are welcome to apply for this scholarship if you are employed as an Educator at any level of education: Pre K-12, College or University, Art Center Faculty. CLICK HERE to apply.

There is high speed WiFi throughout campus.

Due to our location in the Catskill Mountains, cell service is sometimes spotty.

We are sorry, no pets allowed.

Yes, we have beautiful student lodging. Each room features ensuite bathroom. There is a large fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor community spaces and living areas. Please contact Hillary Morse at morseh@catskillmtn.org or (518) 263-2010 to inquire about housing opportunities.

Yes. Please notify our office if a room on the ground floor is required.

The Ceramics Department’s wheel throwing studio has access.

Yes. Saturdays 12-2 pm during the growing season.

Get involved

Whether you are a local wanting to donate your time as an usher, or a patron wanting to increase your financial support, we have opportunities for everyone.