The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is an artists' retreat on a 45-acre farm in Knoxville, Tennessee that offers residencies to writers, visual artists, filmmakers, composers, and more, from across the country. With two residency rooms on site, we offer a rotating space for nationally recognized and emerging artists in multiple disciplines. SAFTA also hosts the Sundress Weekend Workshops, a series of creative arts workshops emphasizing composition, revision, and creative development. As part of Sundress Publications, the Weekend Workshops provide focused, personalized instruction to writers and artists of all skill levels. Participants are treated to guidance from advanced instructors who help them to not only hone their craft but also find suitable venues for their work. These workshops traditionally center on a theme or topic and often include an element of incorporated learning.
The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA), a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in February, 2013 by Erin Elizabeth Smith and Joe Minarick at Firefly Farms, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nestled in an old-fashioned "holler" just twenty minutes from downtown, this picturesque 45-acre farm is home to one photogenic donkey (Jayne), a small herd of sheep, and a flock of backyard chickens & ducks. Firefly Farms is the perfect artists' getaway, where visitors can hone their creative crafts as they escape the routine of modern life. Whether you're hiking, camping, or foraging, you can connect with nature and be inspired by a part of the Appalachian landscape that is often forgotten.
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