The Watermill Center’s diverse and evolving education initiatives cultivate curiosity, wonder and new methods of learning. Participants are provided with the opportunity to engage with our international Artists-in-Residence through multi-disciplinary workshops and studio visits. With an emphasis on the creative process, professionals in their fields lead hands-on activities to inspire confidence through risk-taking and group activities with the local community of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

The Watermill Center’s building, grounds and gardens provide a variety of unique locations for creative learning, while The Watermill Collection – over 8,000 objects ranging from antiquity to contemporary art – acts as a source of inspiration. Through partnerships with the community, participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are welcome to learn in this creative environment. Developed with teachers and artists, our programs are tailored for students to create unique and immersive experiences integrating the arts and humanities.

If you are interested in receiving more information about The Watermill Center’s educational programs, please contact Andrea Cote at

Beginning in 2014, The Watermill Center has partnered with Head Start Long Island in a series of monthly Family Workshops at The Watermill Center, engaging children, ages 3-4, and their parents in creative art-making together. Creating across disciplines, families participate in workshops exploring movement, sound and the visual arts while engaging with The Watermill Center Collection, building, grounds, and current Artists-in- Residence. These workshops encourage both fine and gross motor skills, as well as other developmental skills, and spark a natural curiosity and creativity. In keeping with The Watermill Center’s mission, these family workshops encourage collaboration and explore connections across art disciplines.

In May 2015, The Watermill Center was awarded the “Community Partnership Award” from Head Start Long Island.

Read The East Hampton Star’s article on Watermill’s Head Start Family Workshops HERE.


Bridgehampton Head Start is one of 23 centers under the umbrella of Long Island Head Start, which serves 1628 at-risk and vulnerable children and families located throughout Suffolk County, and has been participating in this partnership for the past two years.

L.I. Child and Family Development Services, Inc., is a private, not-for- profit 501© (3) organization whose mission is to provide a comprehensive learning environment to children, respectful of their cultures; and to assist families in reaching self-sufficiency through the combined efforts of parents, the community, and staff.

The Watermill Center is committed to serving all of our community members, and hosts workshops for cross-generational creative collaboration, engaging the local senior community with young students.

Past Workshops include

September 2016 | Colombian theatre and dance company, El Colegio Del Cuerpo led a workshop in dance and movement for seniors at Peconic Landing and students from Peconic Community School. 

The Watermill Center’s Education Programs engage students of all ages in the creative process, and are offered free of charge to the community. Your gift will make a lasting impact on future artists, performers, researchers and students who come to The Watermill Center to learn and create.

If you are interested in receiving more information about The Watermill Center’s educational programs, please contact Andrea Cote at