The School of Creative Arts (SOCA) was another planet, an experience that began 65 years ago.


Students and faculty of the former summer School of Creative Arts on West Chop are having a reunion on the Vineyard, from August 20 to 22. Now in their 40s, 50s and 60s, participants will visit the school sites and reminisce about their summers spent at the school on the Island. They will also teach and participate in arts classes and perform for and with each other.


The land and buildings of the School of Creative Arts on the West Chop Road in Vineyard Haven have been sold by Miss Kathleen Hinni to Mrs. Hazel F. Schwarts, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Angell and Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Kennedy. All are owners of real estate either adjoining the school property or located nearby.

The sale was made by Cronig’s Real Estate. The property consists of seven acres of wooded land, with 600 feet of beach, which has been divided equally among the three purchases.


The School of Creative Arts in Vineyard Haven, is announcing its discontinuation on Martha’s Vineyard after eight years on its present site. The school, owned and directed by Kathleen Hinni, will move to a new location at the conclusion of its summer course in late August.

In a statement composed for Miss Hinni by a member of her staff, the reasons for the move are set forth as follows:


Thirteen years ago, Kathleen Hinni, dancer, teacher and dance choreographer brought the School of Creative Arts to Martha’s Vineyard. Since then the school has grown from eighteen students and five staff members to its present total of eighty students and twenty staff members. After the first year it outgrew its home in East Chop and was moved to Mrs. H. D. Gibson’s house, Hedge Lee, in Vineyard Haven.


Camp Winnecunnet, the Y.W.C.A. camp on West Chop road, Vineyard Haven, has been sold this week to Miss Kathleen Hinni, representing the School of Creative Arts which she has conducted in the town for the past several years. The sale, as yet uncompleted, was made through the office of Mrs. O. B. Weeks, formerly Miss Mary Nunes, of Oak Bluffs.