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TRURO CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT CASTLE HILL INC

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Education, Visual Arts

Mission: Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill has served a single purpose for 50 years: to create an inclusive and supportive arts community by providing a wide range of artistic experiences to students at all levels of ability. Energized by a faculty of distinguished artists and writers and enlivened by a welcoming and engaging community, Castle Hill offers workshops, lectures, exhibitions, performances, special events and short-term artist residencies. Located in an exquisitely beautiful rural setting, Castle Hill provides unique and inspiring learning experiences to all who come here.

Target demographics: Castle Hill works with adults and children to become inspired and learn through the visual arts & writing.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1268 students, from 4 year olds to 96.

Geographic areas served: A location, nestled in the dunes of Truro and within walking distance to Cape Cod bay, provides an inspirational and meditative backdrop that enhances the workshop experience. A distinguished faculty that consists of prominent artists in the fields of painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry and writing. A student body consists of both working artists and art students who hail from all over the US and Canada. Today Castle Hill celebrates its 49th year Anniversary.

Programs: Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill has served a single purpose for more than 40 years: to create an inclusive and supportive arts community by providing a wide range of artistic experiences to students at all levels of ability. Energized by a faculty of distinguished artists and writers and enlivened by a welcoming and engaging community, Castle Hill offers workshops, lectures, exhibitions, performances, special events and short-term artist residencies. Located in an exquisitely beautiful rural setting, Castle Hill provides unique and inspiring learning experiences to all who come here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

How does Castle Hill far exceed the expectations of an arts center? Let me tell you! It’s history and environment and educational structure lend a fully rich experience—an integrated creative, historical, educational and natural experience. It is in an idyllic landscape with many ecosystems to explore and be inspired by. The classes are led by people rich in experience in their fields with unique techniques and inspiring guidance. I’ve taken many classes at Truro Center for the Arts and each time I learn important things about myself and my creativity. I feel like I’m at camp, as a kid, but with a lot more confidence and respect and focus on what I want to do. It’s focused play with deep knowledge—priceless.The staff are helpful, positive, knowledgeable and welcoming. As a resident of the outer cape, I can say Castle Hill is a very important part of the artistic community and has also offered classes in permaculture, fermentation, shoemaking, cooking and storytelling. I think non-profit arts centers are one of the most valuable institutions we have in a society overrun by unfettered capitalism. A place like this makes people’s lives feel purposeful and rich.

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Cherie Thanks Jenn!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is a regional treasure. It has a wonderful down to earth feel while attracting teachers who are top in their field. I have taken ceramic workshops and led a ceramic workshop. The board is devoted and students are passionate. Cherie Mittenthal is a brilliant director that continues to lead the Center’s growth while maintaining the intimate character of place and creative community.

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Cherie 11/01/2021

Thank you Susan!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Artistic Director of the Provincetown Dance Festival for the last 16 years, I have had the great pleasure of working with and getting to know The Truro Center of the Arts at Castle Hill. My experience is but one small sample of Castle Hill’s deep devotion to bring the best of the arts and arts education to the entire Outer Cape community. Since my initial contact, I have grown to appreciate all the other fantastic programs offered at Castle Hill. Their commitment to expansion and innovation is ongoing. With the development of the new Edgewood Farm Campus, Castle Hill is transforming itself into a cultural hub that will be truly unique and highly influential in shaping a shining future for arts and culture in the region. The possibilities for programming are countless. There’s no doubt the promise for the next 50 years is fantastic, and will be a wonder to see.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Truro Center For The Arts is an amazing epicenter of activity and community.
What I love about Castle Hill is there is something for everyone. There are so many disciplines to choose from. Not only is it a fantastic studio arts program but there are many events and other classes to participate in as well: Whether it is learning to cook, take yoga classes, author and artist talks, music, dance, writing, and the sciences. There is always something going on in this inspiring beautiful environment and a wonderfully diverse group of people to share it with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Castle Hill as an artist-in-residence in the fall of 2021. Though I’ve been aware of this organization for many years and have been to numerous public events, I had never before been on the inside of the experience as an artist. What is so remarkable is the strength of vision, the laser focus and the preparation to nurture artists is very much apparent. I was made to feel welcome and my time and work were respected even as the campus was undergoing major construction. I was given every opportunity to do my work in quiet (and meet my deadlines!) even as there was much going on. Also a major plus is the quality, integrity and devotion of the other artists I met during my stay. I credit the director and the staff for their sincere ability to create a truly wonderful arts organization. I highly recommend it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional artist and came to Castle Hill for a two week artost residency.
Everything from the staff to the studio and facilities was fantastic.
I truly believe my time there has changed my practice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, specifically their residency program at Edgewood Farm, offered me a way to delve completely into my process, while being supported by the amazing staff and infrastructure on site. The accomodations and kitchen spaces provide ample area and comfort in a rural setting with a community garden, wonderful grounds, access to hiking and biking routes, and incredible studio spaces. It all feels relatively luxurious in proximity to the National Seashore--Cape Cod beaches and trail systems.

The printmaking studio has enough surface space and wall space to layout or hang an incredible amount of work, which provided me the space to look at much of the work I had been making and putting in a drawer in my home studio. I received direct feedback on my work from several artists here, in addition I was able to present some of my past projects and work I completed during my residency during a gallery talk and pop-up show that was advertised in local outlets.

I was also fortunate to be able to extend my stay, to take advantage of the peak productivity I experienced during my residency in this wonderfully supportive community.

2 elsajohnson

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truro Center for the Arts has always been very important to me. Since the early 1970’s I’ve taken numerous memorable workshops such as painting with egg tempera.hand building with clay, Japanese wood block printing to name a few. I’ve also been an instructor, teaching figure modeling. Now in retirement I’m a beginning student once again taking workshops in ceramics. By continuing to offer opportunities for personal growth, life long learning has changed lives over time and engaged a wide community throughout each year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Truro Center for the Arts has a history of being an exceptional organization that has engaged three generations of creatively curious people who believe in sharing the power of Art!
It is great to be a member of such a dynamic and inclusive community, year after year, always looking ahead to the next season, and a program of new experiences.

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Cherie 11/18/2018

Thanks! It’s great to have you be involved in all the years!! Thanks you for all your support! Cherie

2 Marianne A. K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Some 25 years ago Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill welcomed me as an emigrant and foreign artist. I stayed with the organization ever since, and took many inspiring workshops. 7 years ago I joined as a Board member, and the last couple of years I was accepted as art instructor.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Castle Hill, Truro Center for the Arts has taken up the challenge this year to cater to its clients during lock-down, and provides an impressive array of interesting, entertaining and challenging classes online. During late Summer/Fall the center has tried hybrid classes with a portion of it on campus. All models have advantages and were well received by most participants.

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Cherie 10/29/2020

Thanks Marianne!

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2 grampachip

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the transformative power of Castle Hill from three different perspectives. First, thanks to one of the center’s many gifted teachers, I had my first experience with pottery. I was never very good at it, of course, but that was beside the point. The class gave me a first hand experience of the delight and rigor of the process — and the experience is what Castle Hill is about, not the final product. Second, I served two terms as president of the board, and got a chance to work with a full range of artists, students, and fans on a wide variety of issues — and to see how well a good board can help a great organization become even better. And finally, as Chair of the Truro board of Selectman for several years, I saw how Castle Hill worked to improve the benefit it provided to the whole town: such programs as low cost classes for seniors, and artists in the schools, along with the significant financial and cultural growth the center brings to our small town. An extraordinary place filled with creative people imaging new ways to improve the town. Castle Hill as been at the center of my life for the last 20 years, a source of delight, challenge, and community.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Castle Hill has been a central part of my life for the past 19 years. I've been a student, discovering the joy of throwing pots. I was a board member and two term president, and saw a small somewhat provincial group grow into a powerhouse. And as chairman of our town's Board of Selectmen I saw this thriving community help transform our small town, bringing new people, new ideas ... and new revenue to Truro.

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Cherie 10/28/2019

Thank you!! Appreciate your support!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with Castle Hill over four years ago. The entire staff and Board are incredibly hard working, fun, talented and dedicated to their work and mission. I highly recommend Castle Hill for classes, volunteer service, and taking advantage of all our free offerings throughout the year.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic ceramic's department! Friendly, knowledgeable, and excellent facilities.

3 Dahlia P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If excellence is 5 stars, then Id say my experience was ten stars! I was immediately included as one of the staff, and everything that I expected was in place. I loved teaching in the facility, loved working with Bruce and Marissa, and especially loved the interaction I had with my students. The classroom was perfectly laid out in order to keep everyone socially distanced, and comfortable.
I am grateful for the inspiration and learning that occurred during my sessions, by both myself and the students.

5 Jamie L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before my residency at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, I was noticing a dark downturn in the subject matter of my work. The pandemic had left me hopeless and feeling naked to the dangers of the world. Upon arrival, I immediately felt safe and drew on the power of the ocean and the gentleness of nature to remind me that being human is about family, community, and togetherness. I have been working these themes into my art, as I feel a profound sense of community here and have made so many wonderful friends.

Surrounded by a community of likeminded people, I was able to flourish and become inspired anew. The grounds, landscape, and communal studios are a nurturing environment full of helpful, encouraging voices. Many opportunities opened up to me during my time in Truro and I feel so nourished by this experience. Thank you for giving me the space to feel alive and hopeful again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoyed every minute of my art residency at Truro Center for Arts at Castle Hill.
I felt well taken care of in every way; from the living space, to the art studio, and the grounds. The atmosphere of friendliness and having an onsite manager there almost daily was super helpful to leaving nothing undone in terms of safety and cleanliness during this time of Covi-19.

In addition, the setting is inspiring as it is 5mins by car from both the ocean beach and the bay of the Atlantic (stunning views)..
I will hopefully be able to do another residency in the coming years. Thank you Castle Hill for a tremendous experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My two week residency at Edgewood Farm was a highly productive retreat. The Center's planning and preparations made my stay during the pandemic welcoming, safe, and extremely comfortable. Both the accommodations and printmaking studio were excellent. I was able to fully immerse myself in my work—without interruption—while enjoying the benefits of living and creating in this unique natural environment of ocean, marsh, and woods. I look forward to returning in the near future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience at the Truro Center for the Arts was both productive and rejuvenating thanks to its brilliant staff, beautiful accommodations, and inspiring location.

The staff are very welcoming and attentive to the needs of each resident. Always respecting our space and time, they fostered a culture of support and enthusiasm without judgement or expectation.

As a plein air painter, I most appreciated being able to paint the simple beauty of the surrounding landscape without interruption. The unique history of the property was a reservoir for inspiration, and the residency’s strong emphasis on environmental conservation offered countless opportunities to experience nature's therapeutic qualities. The considerate stewardship of the land set a perfect example for how each artist might care for themselves and their artwork.

This sentiment is clearly reflected in the surrounding community. The residency is a beloved local resource, evidenced by its ongoing public programming, workshops, and exhibitions. To be involved in a place so respected by the community made me feel like a part of something larger, and it helped situate my artwork in a meaningful context.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been active with Castle Hill for more than 30 years as a student, as an artist and now as an associate board member. The program and staff and leadership are wonderful individuals who contribute to the experience and the's nothing nothing like it on the Cape.
The newest facility at Edgewood Farm has a significant residency program that brings artists from far away place as well as nearby offering enriching experiences to those of us who live in town as well as those on the outer cape and visitors alike. Truro Center for the Arts is an amazing cultural addition.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Truro Center for the Arts has provided me exceptional access to expertise, community and ecological resources. The historical and new infrastructure is excellent and far exceeded my expectations. From visual arts, printmaking, writing and ceramics, I have discovered this program draws superb talent from around the world. It is also well-organized and active in communicating with the public through local and social media.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill has long been a mainstay of art on the outer cape. During this challenging time the staff and board came together to continue offerings on line and with limited in person classes and residencies. I am very impressed with how well this has gone to keep the organization vital.

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Cherie 10/29/2020

Thank you Judy!! Crazy times!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a teacher and an exhibitor at Truro Center for the Arts@castlehill I have been delighted year after year to provide instruction in ceramics not otherwise available on the outer cape. Castle Hill is an open and welcoming space for creative life.

6 Amy W.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been taking classes at Truro Center for the Arts since the early 1980’s. I have always enjoyed my classes there. The teachers are all the highest quality and the facilities are great. The staff has always been very helpful and friendly. I plan to continue taking classes there for years to come.
A couple of years ago I became a board member. I love being involved with the planning of classes and the work of improving the campus. Being part of the board is very fulfilling to me. The other board members are great people and fun to get to know and work with.

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Cherie 10/29/2020

Thank you Amy!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been taking classes at Truro Center For The Arts since the 1980’s. My experiences have always been great. The teachers are always of high quality, very knowledgeable and helpful with my reaching my goals.
When I began taking classes at TCA I was a painting major at Mass. College of the Arts. One of the first classes I took was a workshop with Helen Frankenthaler. I took several other painting classes before I became a printmaker. Since then I’ve taken many printmaking classes with many wonderful teachers. I’ve made many meaningful connections. The print studio has changed from a very small studio to a great work space.
I look forward to many more classes at TCA.

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Cherie 10/28/2019

Thanks so much Any! Appreciate the support & very glad that you are involved!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been active with Truro Center of the Arts for more than 30 years,
As a student I made my very first sale of artwork at the annual auction and that collector now owns many many pieces of my work.
After attending a full time arts program to attain a degree In fine arts with my thesis in sculpture and printmaking, I have returned each year as a student, a volunteer and as an associate board member.
Although I am primarily a sculptor, I have been able to take classes with interesting and accomplished artists in many other mediums at both campuses and through the annual Encaustic Conference. These opportunities have enabled me to stretch my abilities when creating in my own studio. Thanks to the founding members, the artistic director, the artist instructors and the staff for creating a wonderful space to create from its humble beginning as a summer arts facility to a year round artist residency program equal to any.

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Cherie 11/12/2019

Thanks for your review!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Castle Hill; I am an active member of the community and a frequent student having taken many classes in the well equipped studios. The teachers are inspirational and the staff friendly. The Truro context is perfect - quiet, beautiful countryside and right by the ocean! Highly recommend.

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Cherie 11/12/2019

Thanks so much for your review!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started taking classes at Castle Hill when I moved to the area ten years ago. I love the array of classes, the professionalism of the instructors and staff, and making new friendships with fellow artists. Castle Hill is a gift to both local artists and people from across the US and beyond. The annual Encaustic Conference gathers international artists and is the premier conference in this field. I’ve personally enjoyed the art center so much over the years that I have recently joined the board.

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Cherie 10/31/2019

Thanks so much for your review! Cherie

3 rsilverstein1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started taking workshops at Castle Hill 9 years ago when I retired and have taken 3 or 4 workshops every summer since then. It is simply a remarkable place to foster one's creativity. It is a welcoming, supportive and encouraging environment, with teachers who are leaders in their respective fields. I highly recommend Castle Hill to everyone.

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Cherie 10/31/2019

Thanks so much for your review!! c

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I retired from practicing Law 7 years ago and was looking for a facility to work with clay on the outer Cape. I heard about Truro Center for the Arts and took a one week wheel throwing workshop from a world renown potter.It was excellent. since then I have been taking about 4 workshops a summer there in a wide variety of creative areas including welding, watercolor, sculpting with cement, woodworking , to name a few. This past summer I even made a 3d clay printer. It is a wonderful, welcoming place for anyone interested in learning about art or simply wanted a supportive environment for Making things.

3 Alan M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Castle Hill has far exceeded what I thought possible bringing artists and students from around the world while still being a center for local artists and residents.

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Cherie 10/28/2019

Thank you Alan!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a Senior Scholarship last year for ceramics and it was Grand!! This year I received and oil painting class and so far it has been eye opening!!! They also have an on call form for 60+ folks to fill out if a class is not totally full and they can call you to see if you want to join in!! Way to Go Castle Hill!!!

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Cherie 10/28/2019

Thank you so much!

3 Laura S.13

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attend weekly life drawing sessions, member shows, open studios for residents and get to experience being around writers, painters, printmakers and clay artists in magical settings in Truro. The staff is responsive and wonderful.

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Cherie 10/28/2019

Thank you Laura!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I took an inspiring class recently at Castle Hill and learned how to create sculpture out of recycled glass! The instructor was very knowledgable and thorough, and spent time not only going over all the safety precautions of the process, but giving demos and spending time one on one with students (all mostly beginners), and even offering to get together outside of class hours. Very happy with the project I was able to bring home at the end of the week!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been both a workshop instructor and an artist in residence at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. This is a beautiful, inspirational place with so much to offer!

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Cherie 10/31/2019

Thanks so much for your review! Cherie

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was an artist in residency in May 2018. The residency program is amazing; wonderful facilities in a quiet, beautiful setting. It was extremely productive and energizing. I was able to find the mental clarity I needed to finalize work on several projects.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This residency came at a perfect juncture in my life. It afforded me the time to focus on developing my painting while living in the serene natural environment of Truro. I felt supported by the staff and inspired by the other residents creativity. Most importantly, Edgewood offered me the place, time, and solice to engage in reflective creativity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I took a wonderful printmaking workshop this past summer taught by a master printer from Brooklyn. Castle Hill has a beautifully renovated print shop and they keep their class size small so everyone has plenty of space to work and little or no wait time for the two excellent presses. Highly recommend!

4 ellynweiss

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truro Center for the Arts is a fabulous art center with two campuses in a most beautiful, rural part of Cape Cod. It offers 150 workshops year-round, most in the summer, in a wide variety of 2 and 3 dimensional arts, from painting, printmaking, drawing and collage, to assemblage and sculpture, as well as a full ceramics program. It is inclusive and welcoming, offering workshops for people at all levels of experience and skill. The Center also offers winter residencies, lectures, gallery exhibitions and special events. Faculty are top-flight professionals and classes are small enough for personal attention.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional visual artist and have taken workshops at Castle Hill over many years, in painting, printmaking, installation and encaustic. The quality of the faculty is stellar, including Judy Pfaff, Joan Snyder, Michael David, Dan Welden and many other leaders and innovators. The range of workshops offered is extremely diverse and Castle Hill welcomes people of all levels of experience and engages them where they are.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truro Center for the Arts is an absolute gem... they are an inspiration to the arts community in general on the outer Cape, providing a safe venue for pursuing creative expression under the guidance of their regular (wonderful) staff, as well as drop in instructors who conduct periodic workshops. Besides the structured events, for their ceramics studio, they offer a program whereby for a very reasonable fee structure, one can use the facility, equipment and supplies, and have the staff fire your ware. In this way, they reach out into the greater community and serve those that cannot afford to maintain a full studio themselves. I have participated on week-long intensives at the ceramics studio, the drop-in/fee-based program, and have recently been accepted into the senior program, in which the Center brings in a select number of retired individuals to take classes for no fee. I cannot imagine the Arts scene on the outer Cape without the Center as a hub!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last summer, I attended a fantastic writing seminar with Ann Hood at Castle Hill. Not only was the seminar itself creatively challenging and fulfilling (despite my one hour drive each way and a terrible summer cold) the space itself is welcoming and inspiring. The staff as well were friendly and helpful. I've created some of my (I think!) best work since my time at Castle Hill. That can't be a coincidence.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I this past summer was the first time I took a class at Castle Hill. The facility the teacher it was wonderful. I’m looking forward to taking classes there next summer. I give it a 5 star rating.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have had the pleasure both teaching at Castle Hill and participating in several workshops. My teaching experience was terrific! Great support from the staff, a great studio, and really wonderful students. The workshop I participate in was taught by the renowned artist Judy Pfaff and I enjoyed it so much the first time I returned twice more when Judy taught the course again.

The new facility at Edgewood Farm is a great addition to the Castle Hill campus, and I enjoyed being housed there as a faculty member. For a small organization they bring in terrific artists to lead classes and they take their mission seriously.
The outer cape is really lucky to have Castle Hill serve it’s community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Castle Hill since its' founding in 1972. I have seen this arts organization grow and flourish, initially from a small summer art center, to a year-round culteral center on the Outer Cape that draws students and faculty across the US to participate and experience it's broad and supportive arts programs. Programs that include extensive and intensive workshops in diverse arts fields, lectures, and a new residency program.

As a current board member I recently reviewed the summer 2018 Student Workshop Survey. When asked, "Would you recommend this workshop to others?" 226 (out of 235) students answered yes, or 96.1%, and when asked about, "the quality of instructors," 98% responded excellent.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was at Edgewood Farms of Castle Hill this late August early September. I have known Castle Hill and attended off and on for probably over 20 years. The landscape of EF was beautiful. Even at 2am by flashlight. The studio despite the heat was a perfect place to create, think and make things. I loved my bedroom and our communal kitchen. But most of all the staff, Kate, Miles and EJ made everything flow behind the scenes with ease ( Probably Cheri as well). I came to kick myself out of a creative slump and came back on fire. Castle Hill is a special place that supports the creative hand and spirit.

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Cherie 11/18/2018

Thank you for that!! Cherie

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended several workshops at the center and was always more than satisfied by the experience. The concern and encouragement of the instructors always made the time in the workshops more enjoyable . The Center , in my opinion is one of the gems of the Cape.
Linda B

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I was one of the artists accepted in the second year of an artist residency program. This program is only a few years old and since it was Spring, everything was awakening; renovations, gardens and new class preparations. The director and staff were still tweaking the program and making improvements. Understandably we did not have the perfect situation residency programs can offer after 25 or more years of experience. We four artists had hoped for more of us in residence. However the upside is were all compatible and became friends. My studio mate was very knowledgeable and guided me through the press operation and offered technical advice and artistic suggestions about printmaking. The housing situation was in flux and I stayed by myself, (in a beautiful space!) for a week, while other artists were housed in an adjacent building. One of the best ways to exchange information is with other artists over dinner or coffee. Spring was cold and wet and traipsing back and forth with dinner between buildings was not always feasible. Artists are creative so we found a way to cook together, and or share a glass of wine/coffee/tea/or lunch. In spite of too many meetings in the short two weeks, the residency was wonderful. It was a challenge to keep my eye on creativity instead of production when expected to be part of a studio open house.
My request to be in a studio with a press was granted and it was more incredible than I could have imagined. The landscape is beautiful and I paint onsite and in the studio. I could get up early to see the sun come up over the ocean and paint on a large canvas, come back to the studio and experiment with printmaking. I could work between the prints, the studio paintings and the work begun outdoors. The studios could be opened with your key at any hour for long work days. That creative time let me dream and planted seeds for a new visual language and the freedom with paint I am still experimenting with in my home studio. I am very grateful for the time I spent at Truro. Although we've all spun back into our own worlds, I cherish the friendships made with the other artists and hope to see these talented women again. I am thankful to the director, Cherie, and her wonderful, young and energetic staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I spent a wonderful 7 weeks in April/May 2018 at Edgewood Farm, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill as an artist in residence. Not only did I have space and time to paint and contemplate but I also was able to pursue my ongoing printmaking explorations. The opportunity to flow between those two disciplines allowed me to carry ideas and techniques between the two with an immediacy that I had not been able experienced before. Additionally, the other artists in residency while there, and the stellar staff and friends of Castle Hill, created a supportive and inspiring community. I hope to return in the not too distant future!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have done several workshops at Castle Hill with top notch artists.
Judy Pfaff, Mark Dion and Leslie Dill were all outstanding to work with.
I am a professor at The Maryland Institute College of Art and usually get faculty grants to cover the cost. I still love being a student myself and summer is the time that I can fully concentrate on my own work. These workshops are a great way to kick off new directions or just get into the intensity of the process making.
Beautiful location and work space with very helpful staff.
I alway highly recommend Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Castle Hill for the Arts is truly a welcoming community. They have nurtured my creativity for many years. I have taken a number of painting classes and the instructors have all shared their knowledge and expertise in a fruitful way. I am currently enjoying the painting class I am enrolled in complements of Castle Hill and will continue to take classe in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is one of the best art workshop experiences anyone could ask for. They are located in a beautiful setting,
welcoming, and they accommodate all skill levels. I leave renewed with a body of artwork and ideas that inspire me to create throughout the winter.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Castle Hill is a nonprofit organization of enthusiastic and encouraging artists and teachers who are invaluable to our community. The diverse classes enable any artist to develop their potential in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having the Senior Program from Castle Hill has been a great edition to my writing life. The poetry workshops I attended combine local senior writers with first class instructors that allow for professional interaction and growth as a poet. The fact that it is affordable levels the playing field for all of us. Thank you Castle Hill.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been attending classes for several years at Castle Hill. It's a wonderful experience. They are very welcoming and friendly. The courses are first class. Each year I see an improvement. For example, they now have a house that's been renovated so students have a place to stay without paying in-season rates at local lodging.

Each Tuesday, they have a pot lunch luck lunch so students from different classes can mingle and get to know each other.

I look forward each to the catalogue so I can decide which class to choose.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending and loving workshops at Castle Hill for many years--both in the visual arts and writing. The last couple of years, I have taken the free poetry classes offered to seniors on the lower Cape. I feel so lucky to live here and to have so many acclaimed artists and writers teaching through Castle Hill. And I especially appreciate that Castle Hill considers the Cape's senior citizens to be worthy of catering to.

5 Anna W.2

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Rating: 5

I have been attending the International Encaustic Conference at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill since 2014. It is an amazing conference with high class speakers and demonstrations. Every June I take the ideas and techniques back to my studio in Canada. The conference is well organized and the facilities where the workshops are held are above par. The staff is warm and knowledgeable. I also have attended a 2 week residency at Edgewood Farm and that experience that I had under Michael David will last a lifetime. The center offers diverse classes for the beginner to the advance. A wonderful location just 15 minutes away from Provincetown in Massachusetts. This center, under the director of Cherie Mittenthal, is a place where I will always always be welcomed.

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Cherie 10/28/2019

Thank you Anna!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lived in Truro for over 30 years and have raised 3 kids in the school system. Truro Center for the Arts initiated community programs that brought all three of my children to the center to participate in art programs over the years and I myself took classes for seniors multiple times. I am an active painter in my retirement with the urging and training I received from them. Lately I have taken a class every summer taught at very high levels. They are well loved in the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took Tom O'Connell's mixed media class this summer. It was really fun. We used largely recycled materials from the local town dump to create molds that we decorated and shaped in various ways before pouring in the concrete. Here is my butterfly unmolded, isn't it pretty? And you can also see what a beautiful day it was, sunny. I still need to scrape out the pink insulation on the other side, And the cement around the edges is rough. You need to put a bead of silicon caulk around the interior of the mold before you pour in the cement. This makes the edges nice. If the edges turn out rough then you can smooth them down with a diamond file, carefully. I am looking forward to taking another class at the Truro Center for the Arts next summer.

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Rating: 5

Last year I took a beginner's ceramics class as someone middle-aged with no art background and I have recently signed-up for my fourth course! The location, facilities, fellow students, and instructors are all great. I have created many wonderful functional and artistic pieces and look forward to many more courses. A great community to help one learn and grow as an artist at any stage or age! Thank you Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

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Rating: 5

I LOVED going to Castle Hill for the first time this summer for a woodblock printmaking workshop. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the teachers were top notch. The facility is well maintained and stocked and the grounds and area are perfect. Walks on the beach after class or a drive down to the harbor for sunset with a lobster shack right at the docks. I will definitely return again and again.
Suzanne

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Rating: 5

I have taken several workshops at the Truro Center at Castle Hill and each one has been wonderful. The teachers are top notch, the options are many and varied, the other students are knowledgable and everyone is totally friendly. The Truro Center is a true gem!

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Rating: 5

I’ve taken many classes at Castle Hill over the past several years. I approached the Center initially with very little sense of my creative abilities or aesthetic sensibilities. I just knew I wanted to create. I had to screw up my courage the first few classes; ultimately plunging in feet first has had an enormously positive impact on my life. I’ve learned so much, especially that I have a creative impulse. Over the past several years I’ve observed CH grow and improve and expand its reach and scope. It’s contribution to the community and to me personally are inestimable and I’m very grateful. I recommend it unreservedly.

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Cherie 10/29/2020

Thanks so much!! I'm so glad you jumped in!!

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Rating: 5

I took an intro pottery class this summer and had no experience on the wheel. It was so much fun and I made 3 bowls. I'm hoping that they will have a week long class this year for the novice. I will definitely be taking it!

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Rating: 5

Painting with Chris Volpe at Truro Center for the Arts was a sublime experience. The range of venues is amazing: salt marshes, the ocean at sunset, woods and scenic views - and a sunny studio. We painted beach houses perched on the dunes and went into P-town for oysters and art at the museums and galleries. We enjoyed a potluck luncheon with other artists at the Center and visited the print makers in their studio next door. Great ambiance, warm hospitality, and nature’s beauty everywhere. See you next summer!

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Rating: 4

The courses offered at Castle Hill are filled with creative spirits that infuse the setting with inspiration. Each course instructor has taken me on an exploratory journey that has widened my creative perspective and opened me to a deeper connection to the world . Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The classes Castle Hill offers are exceptional and the staff is super helpful!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have taken several pottery classes at castle hill. (I come up from Nyc and stay in Provincetown. I usually bike to the classes ). I have found the facilities, the instructors and the organization to be first class. I plan on going for years to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took an artist led workshop in oil painting this summer from Peter Chapus at Castle Hill that was one of the best oil painting classes I’ve taken. The instructor was very organized, knowledgeable, supportive and patient. He demonstrated the techniques that he uses to create his own paintings, and helped each of us with our individual painting challenges.
I also appreciated the support staff who were both helpful and welcoming and the comfortable atmosphere of the studio..

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First experience taking a free class for seniors that had a lottery to join. The class is very professionally taught with respect for time for working and creating. This expands my knowledge for following my art career after retiring with the interaction of a great group of artists, some beginners to the particular class I'm in. Nice space and available materials to use or buy with real hands on experience to figure out what is the best for my direction and inspiration. Especially nice that they support people who live here year round and are on a budget.

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Rating: 5

I took a week-long writing class- non-fiction personal essay.. Judy Huge the teacher was prepared, very helpful and inspiring. She gave me great comments and advice.I am new in this field and when we started she asked us what we wanted to get out of the week. I mentioned I needed to learn how to respond to and use criticism to improve. She was most helpful in my learning to do just that.
There were several gatherings with others in the school which I enjoyed and the administration made the process of joining the class very easy....This is a very nurturing environment in which to learn and grow.