Class Descriptions

Fellowship 2020

THE SWEET TREE FELLOWSHIP is an opportunity to expand and build knowledge in arts education. Participants will engage in the collaborative teaching and learning processes of Sweetland School. Critical components include creative thinking, arts integration, documentation process, community involvement, and student-centered learning and leading through hands on experiences. Ongoing sharing of the arts and ideas will build creative confidence with and for young people so they can dream bigger and create their future. Not only will the selected fellows be a part of a strong collective of like-minded artists and educators but they will also receive personal coaching and mentorship from accomplished trailblazers in their respective art and education fields. 

If you are an educator, teaching artist, artist and believe that the arts can make a difference, here is an opportunity for you to be a leader in your community. 

This Sweet Tree program is in partnership with Slam out Loud, based in Delhi, India. Fellows in both programs will have opportunities to learn together. Learn more at

This application is to better understand what motivates you to be a part of the Sweet Tree Fellowship and how that can further the cause. We look forward to getting to know more about you and your work! 

Please contact Argy Nestor with any questions or ideas at


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Fellowship workshop only

August 10-11 we will launch the Sweet Tree Arts / Slam Outloud fellowship program. 

This weekend workshop provides an introducation to the Sweet Tree Arts 2020 fellowship.

Hands on arts integration experiences will be shared with empassioned educators and learners in a creative space and outdoors. 

We invite you to dive in and 'taste' the fellowship even if you are not able to commit to to a year long committment as a Sweet Tree Arts Fellow. 

Cost $250 for 2 days workshop in Hope, Maine. 

Remote learning options may be possible if you are unable to travel to Hope, Maine. 

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Outdoor Steel drums - intergenerational

When: Saturdays 10/ 3 - 11/7

Time: 2 Sessions 8:30-10:15 or 10:30-12:15 Please pick one

Total: Nine participant limit for each session (Age 11- adult)

Cost: $150 ($120 per person if more than one family member registers)

Heat lamps will be provided for colder days. 

The Steel Band or Steel Orchestra is a type of ensemble originating in Trinidad and Tobago composed primarily of different sizes of steel drums or “pans”. In this workshop series, participants will learn the basics of playing Pan through one of three main instruments: Tenor Pan (or Lead Pan), Double Second

Pan, and Triple Guitar Pan. There are no musical prerequisites for this series, and we are excited to welcome learners of all experiences to the world of Pan.

Instructor Kyle von Neumann is currently an apprentice boat builder at The Apprenticeshop in Rockland. He comes to us by way of Atlanta, Georgia where he started and ran a middle school steel band program, started and ran a wood shop class, and built a career in education focused on inquiry as an experiential process.