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Sugar Maples Art Explorers


The Art Explorer program runs from July through mid-August. The Windham Foundation provides scholarships for deserving local children to attend.

Animated attitudes and brilliant smiles are painted across the children’s faces during a fun filled week of art in the Art Explorers Program. Each year children of 5-12 years of age eagerly await to be taught by our very best local teachers. These children are taught the elementary levels of art history, allowing them to gain new knowledge of art outside the traditional classroom. The individuality and creativity of every student is brought out through a multitude of artistic mediums.

The children work on a variety of projects. Imaginations run rampant with everything from painting, drawing, ceramics, to fabric design and working with leather. Each morning director Rita Mary Vining’s warm smile greets students. Over half of the children attend more than one week.  “We love the program,” said one parent, “our daughter couldn’t stop talking about her new friends and all the things she did each day.  It’s really special.” As a testament to Rita Mary’s success and the Foundation’s long funded support, the program has been running for over a decade and continues to encourage students to learn, share, and explore their creative sides.