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Sweet Tree Arts is a community arts organization based in rural Hope, Maine, USA

Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School

Hope, United States
Creative thinking is at the heart of Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School. The business model and development of this small, rural, community arts center and arts integrated school in Maine has succeeded through adaptability, flexibility and perseverance. These lessons and values are practiced and modeled through experiences in the arts and creativity.

Building creative community

Lindsay Pinchbeck, Director / Founder
“ The Arts provides a safe place to value new ideas and to openly share them with wonder. This in turn sparks new thinking and invites a rich dialogue. ”

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?

We believe: 

* 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. 

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Innovation Overview
Target Group
1 000
Tips for implementation
Begin with passion, follow your heart, learn how to listen to the community you strive to support.
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Episode 057: Sweetland School Interview with Lindsay Pinchbeck and learners
Building a school together
Annual Story Slam
Sewing - Maine to Malawi
Teaching and Learning in Malawi Argy Nestor & Lindsay Pinchbeck Waterville Maine Pecha Kucha Vol 23
PechaKucha 20x20 - Sweet Tree Arts
Lindsay  Pinchbeck
Community connections
Magic is Happening - Trusting the Process


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