About SFOA

Celebrating 40 Years of SFOA!

People of Summer Festival of the Arts

Our 2018 Administrative Staff

  • Alex Newell Taylor, Executive Director
  • Weslea Sidon, Staff & Student Coordinator, Apprentice Coordinator
  • Tami Willis, Sprites Coordinator
  • Denise Amell, Office Manager
  • Doug Van Gorder, Transportation Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Tennille Clemens Moore, President
  • Kerri Russell, Treasurer
  • Caresse Hanson, Secretary
  • Kerrie Bond-MacInnes
  • Nicole Cardano
  • Will Hoar
  • Matthew Hochman
  • Kristin Holley
  • Joy Lyons
  • Weslea Sidon

The mission of SFOA is to:

  • encourage a community of artists of all ages, where children can express themselves creatively through a wide range of artistic endeavors,
  • gain a lifelong appreciation for the diversity of the creative spirit,
  • and celebrate that creativity through the performing and non-performing arts


Our Goals are to:

  • broaden young people's knowledge of the basic elements of the arts
  • cultivate skills in a variety of art forms
  • complement existing educational experiences by providing enriched arts explorations that will stimulate continuing artistic growth
  • introduce students to professional artists from around the globe
  • create a sense of unity among young people on Mount Desert Island and communities beyond
  • provide a learning environment for prospective educators through our apprentice program