During the recent President’s Week vacation from school, five creatively-inclined Ithaca teachers had the rare opportunity to spend their break in residence at the Saltonstall Arts Colony. This program, now in its second year, provided each teacher-artist with a private apartment, studio space, vegetarian dinners, peaceful surroundings, and long, uninterrupted hours to devote themselves to their arts, all at no cost to the teachers. Some funding was provided by the school district’s Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of Ithaca Public Education Initiative.
Lesley Williamson, director of the Saltonstall Foundation, was inspired to create the teacher retreat project by similar program at a Florida arts colony. “I thought, ‘what a great idea!...(read more)