Community Through Arts Education
Welcome to Snow Pond Center for the Arts, Maine’s premier arts education center in Sidney Maine. Thank You for visiting our website. We are located in the picturesque Belgrade Lakes region and on the shore of Messalonskee Lake (aka Snow Pond), the campus has been the home of the internationally known New England Music Camp (NEMC) for 78 years. NEMC has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of young men and women. Snow Pond Center for the Arts preserves and enriches this camp experience for future generations while expanding into a dynamic year round arts education center and performance center for Maine’s youth, artists and educators. The campus also serves as a community center and offers space for business meetings, conferences, events, and recreation. Snow Pond Center for the Arts has a notable impact on education, arts and culture, and the economy of Central Maine with its’ mission of – “Creating a more vibrant community through arts education”.
Impact of Arts Education
The expansion of NEMC into Snow Pond Center for the Arts serves as a catalyst to synergize and strengthen the existing cultural, health, and economic initiatives taking place in this region of Maine, the Northeast and beyond. Our team is working closely with community businesses and organizations, educators, and arts and cultural groups to create an Arts Center that has the widest possible benefits. Our expansion project included upgrading the existing seasonal facilities to support year round use and new additions which include:
- Arts Education/Conference Center and Performance Hall
- Theater Arts and Dance Facilities
- Expanded Recreational and Community Facilities
Snow Pond Center for the Arts brings Central Maine year-round access to the highest quality arts education with acoustically designed spaces for musical rehearsals, lessons, and performances as well as spaces for creative writing, composition, visual arts, dance instruction and theater arts. It is also our sincere hope that our efforts will continue to attract more individuals to the Central Maine region, increase the revenues of local businesses, create new jobs, and draw talented individuals to the area to raise their families and pursue careers in the arts, education, health care or to start new businesses. We invite you to explore our website and contact us to become involved with Snow Pond Center for the Arts and to play a part in making Central Maine a desired destination for educational, cultural, and economic excellence!