Welcome to
Summer Festival of the Arts!

SFOA is an all-arts intensive festival for kids entering grades 1 through 11 which offers classes in:
  • visual arts
  • traditional crafts
  • music
  • dance
  • creative writing
  • theater
  • film-making
  • and more...

Artists, whose common goal is to inspire the imagination and have fun, teach the classes!

As it has for the past 37 seasons, Summer Festival of the Arts - SFOA - on Mount Desert Island, once again presents a three-week arts experience for young people. 

Most of our participants live on Mount Desert Island year-round, but we also have many summer visitors from across the state of Maine and beyond. SFOA encourages community and cooperation among all of its students and their families, our teachers and staff, and the public.

The three weeks culminate in a week-end Grand Finale that provides the participants an opportunity to perform, present or display their creativity.


New this Year: Young Author's Camp at SFOA!

Just can't get enough writing classes? Channel your inner author at the Young Author's Camp at SFOA, in partnership with the University of Maine! Visit our Young Authors Camp page for more info. 


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NEW this year! Optional After-Hours Care from 3:00-5:30pm. This supervised free time will include indoor and outdoor time. Open to all SFOA students. Cost is $25/day

CLICK HERE to sign up for optional
After-Hours Care
Summer 2016 is almost here! 

July 5-22
Conners Emerson School, Bar Harbor


Join our WAIT LIST HERE! We will do everything we can do get you in!

Class descriptions and more can be found by exploring our website... but feel free to call us at
244-3855 or email info@sfoamaine.org with questions!


Official Acadia Centennial Partner!
This year SFOA is proud to honor the connection between art and nature
by participating in the Acadia Centennial celebrations!
Many classes this summer will highlight field trips and/or outdoor components. Learn more at www.acadiacentennial2016.org


Announcing our 2016 Guest Artists! 

Once again this year’s festival will feature exciting featured artists each week. This year’s guest artists will include former SFOA hip hop teacher Harold Philbrook, much respected local musician Liza Rey Butler, and an encore appearance by aerial artist Sarah Sadie Newett!