Sundress Academy for the Arts
at Firefly Farms
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.
We are the home to the nationally recognized Sundress Reading Series and OUTSpoken, a yearly review of literary work focused on being queer in the South. Our organization is committed to fostering relationships with other regional artistic communities and non-profits in order to strengthen relationships and collaboration between artists of all genres.
Please note that while we love visitors, if you are looking to get a tour of the property, please call to schedule an appointment.
A Member of the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance