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TRURO CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT CASTLE HILL INC

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Visual Arts

Mission: 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 khere.

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 45th 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.

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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

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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.

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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.

2 Anna W.2

Professional with expertise in this field

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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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.