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Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School
Building creative community
Lindsay Pinchbeck, Director / Founder
What we do?
Sweet Tree Arts offers community arts programming, through weekend, after school, summer classes and community events. Sweetland School is a flexible, arts integrated, learner centered elementary school for children K-8.
Mission Statement of Sweet Tree Arts
Sweet Tree Arts, in Hope, Maine offers a variety of creative arts opportunities to the local and broader community. Our credo of ‘Roots in the Community, Branches to the Wider world’ Inspires us to create local and global opportunities in the arts for our members and projects.
The purpose of Sweet Tree Arts is to provide community arts programming and alternative education opportunities through the arts. Sweet Tree Arts is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
* Community programming in the Arts
*. Implement Community arts projects
* Education - offering alternative educational options through the arts.
* Advocacy of the arts including public performances, published literature, articles and public artwork.
* Partner with supporting organizations.
Why we do it?
* The arts has the capacity to bring the community together.
*The creative process allows us to practice authentic, relevant learning opportunities.
* When we focus our attention with fine tools and lovely materials we find pause, calm and build confidence.
* Real life situations provide purpose and passion and allow us to feel connected and engaged in the world around us.
*Big Ideas happen with space, time, freedom and choice.
*Collaboration expands the potential of the individual. When we shift our mindset from winning and losing we create opportunities for us all to be seen for who we are.
* Integrity is found in the integration of all subjects.
* We should be valued as capable learners from the moment we enter the world.
* When we trust our own ideas we begin to trust others and the world around us.
* Play, both guided and free, keeps the human spirit alive, happy and actively engaged.
* Change is inevitable and essential.
* Assuming the role of expert, we get in the way of connection.
How we do it?
Small classes and groups allow us to build deep connections.
Trusting the process and following the questions of learners, we move forward.
Focusing on our stories, we find common themes, practice empathy and support one another.
Reaching out to local partners and individuals we share resources, ideas and grow as a community.