Art / Activism / Impact



Sunday, July 14 - Friday, August 2

Sculpture Workshop Putney, Vermont

Create art to inspire, to start a conversation, and to make a difference.

Join a group of talented high school artists this summer and explore some of the challenging issues facing the world today. Use your knowledge and hone your skills to be as effective as you can. We live in a world that needs art to create social and political change.

Art/Activism/Impact is a laboratory for young people hungry to engage the challenging issues of the day. We are seeking students who are open to learning from peers and professional activists and ready to work collaboratively on artistic projects that provoke, educate, and force us to act. In this immersive symposium, you’ll explore current and historical examples of art for social change. You will learn directly through field trips and workshops offered by guest faculty, visiting artists, and activists that might include printmakers, installation artists, puppeteers, theater producers, non-profit directors, lawyers, filmmakers, and poets. These guest teachers will help us pioneer creative methods for raising awareness, using their experience working in public spaces and grappling with complex political and social issues.

Alongside these provocative guest workshops, you will collaborate with other students to work on specific projects that give voice to issues you care about. These projects may span various art forms and will be created based on your experience and the interests of the group. Art/Activism/Impact piggybacks on Putney’s Summer Arts program, giving participants access to the faculty, studios, and resources needed to create.

Sculpture Workshop Putney, Vermont


  • animal rights
  • civil liberties
  • racial inequality
  • rights of indigenous peoples
  • rural poverty
  • sex & gender discrimination

Tuition: $5,100

Includes dorm residence, meals, field trips and materials.
Financial Aid Deadline: March 1


Lead Instructor: Laura Sheinkopf

Laura hails from New Haven, Connecticut, where she worked as a teacher, community liaison, and arts-integrator. She has been a mentor to young activists eager to make a difference in their community, and serves to bring mindfulness programs to teachers and students throughout the city. Over the past ten years, from New York City to New Haven, Laura has collaborated with artist-activists to creatively engage the public around issues that affect the health of the planet and our own well-being. Her projects have spanned across mediums of street theater, installation art, printmaking, collage and film. Laura is a co-founder of Holding Ground, a biennial conference and network for artist-activists in our region. Laura graduated from Dartmouth College with majors in Geography and Spanish. She holds a Master of Science from Lesley University, where she studied Ecological Teaching and Learning. Through her work as an educator, activist, and artist, Laura is committed to striving for holistic, ecological justice.

The Putney School Summer Programs
Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road,
Putney, Vermont 05346 USA
802-387-6297 (main), (802) 387-6216 (fax)

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