The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen,Inc. owns and operates the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in Ludlow, Vermont. The School is the oldest residential arts and crafts school in Vermont, established in 1947. We provide a wide variety of arts and crafts classes taught by experienced instructors. We have a robust Youth Program and offer scholarships for local youth to attend workshops in the summer. The School is a vital part of the community and a haven for artists and craftspeople.
Although we were open last summer for a number of classes, the COVID-19 pandemic decimated our ambitious plans. We were fortunate to receive a $5,000 Cultural Relief Grant from the Vermont Arts Council that kept us going through the summer. Then we launched a campaign to raise the funding we needed to be able to re-open in June of 2021.
We remained closed through the Fall, Winter, Spring, but thanks to support from nearly 100 individuals and organizations, we are moving forward with our plans to re-open in June of 2021. However, our funding needs are on-going. Additional funding is being sought for marketing and improvements that will be needed to re-open. Our plans include enhancement of our outdoor spaces. And the Arts and Crafts Festivals will be back this summer! We are confident that with continued support from our community and our amazing Board of Directors, we will get through this difficult time and come out the other side even better than before!
We realize that we are only one of many businesses, individuals, and organizations that are struggling right now. For those of you who are able, please consider making a contribution today.