Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts

34 Big Hollow Road
Maplecrest, NY 12454

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From the Director

2023 heralds 25 years of the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s commitment to enrich the lives of people in our Mountaintop community and beyond. By bringing people together in cultural experiences and exchange through the visual arts & crafts, music, acting, dance and film, the Foundation has been part of a greater vision of the role of the Arts in society.

After 3 years in which the pandemic was the main force shaping our immediate future, it seems more important than ever to reshape our collective sense of change with resilience. Importantly, the arts are what document and focus creative energy to describe and communicate what it means to be living in a world of rapid cultural, political and climate change.

In retrospect, the stories, whether in the form of a beautifully embroidered fabric, the ceramic objects that have passed through heat or layered images found in cyanotype prints are what contribute to abundance and stability within communities.

Sugar Maples Center For Creative Arts has this year, expanded to year-round studio arts programming and residencies. Our exciting future could not be possible without you. You are its heartbeat and its fuel.

We look forward to your visit to our beautifully equipped campus set amongst the exquisite Catskill Mountains.

Kulvinder Kaur Dhew

Workshops at Sugar Maples

Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts holds year-round studio workshops and classes in ceramics, painting, drawing, and fiber arts led by artists who are nationally known in their field.

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Registration for Fall Courses and Events at Sugar Maples is now LIVE!

We're excited to announce that registration for our fall courses and events is now open. Whether you're interested in learning a new skill, exploring your creativity, or simply connecting with other people, we have something for everyone.

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Art Explorers

A fantastic summer experience for your children.

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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.

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.

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Commuter Residencies

We offer commuter residencies for non-residential artists.

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Get inspired by the beauty of the Catskill Mountains by working as one of our Artists-In Residence.

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

Sugar Maples Scholarships
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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.

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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. We offer Commuter residencies for non-residential artists and Artist-In Residence in Ceramics.

CLICK HERE to see the applications.

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.

Teachers Scholarship. You are welcome to apply for this scholarship if you are employed as a Teacher 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 Justin McGowan at or Hillary Morse at to inquire about housing opportunities.

Full refund for workshops cancelled by SMCCA or instructor. Full refund minus $100 admin & $40 registration fees for student cancellations 21 days or more before workshop start. Credit may be applied to another workshop during the current season. Exceptions for extenuating circumstances or illness. No refunds for lodging booked outside of CMF.

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.