With the impending departure of our Executive Director Jan Davidson, who has provided extraordinary leadership of the school for 25 years, we have an exciting opportunity for someone to continue to lead John C. Campbell Folk School with vision, spirit, energy, creativity and inspiration.
The search for a new Executive Director has necessitated some important introspection and thoughtful contemplation. To that end, our Atlanta executive search firm, Boardwalk Consulting, has conducted extensive interviews and research and has put together an Executive Leadership Profile, which clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director. You can find it here.
It is a time of great promise for the school and a satisfying opportunity for a new leader to envision and create its next successful evolution.
Please review the Executive Leadership Profile and share this message as well as the Profile broadly to help us spread the word about this pivotal and life-changing opportunity.
Thank you in advance for your help.
To apply or suggest a prospective candidate, email FolkSchool@boardwalkconsulting.com or call Kathy Bremer or Patti Kish at 404-262-7392.
Dinnertime is a time of congregation, community, and celebration between family and friends. Imagine the satisfaction of using a tool you made, or cooking skill you learned at the Folk School, in your kitchen every day. We have put together a collection of class picks that will help you set your table Folk School-style. Enjoy!
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Some of you have been reading messages from me for decades, and other readers (Hi! Welcome to the real school of magic.) may just be getting a first inkling about the Folk School.
It has been an honor and a challenge to lead this merry band for the past 25 years. When I started, it seemed to me that the world really needed it, but I could never have imagined in 1992 how essential and important the Folk School would become. Even more, we are in need of a place that comforts, energizes and unites us, a support system that lifts us up, and time well spent in finding the best we have in us.
About place. We have to continue to protect the air and water from greed and ignorance, and our relationship to the land is best thought of as stewardship of a sacred trust.
About time. If you’re trying to get back to a simpler time, forget it. Times are complex. Don’t come here to find the past, unless it is your own. If we are nostalgia, we’re toast. Our looking back is to learn lessons for the here and now, and gird ourselves for the future.
When Olive Dame Campbell retired after 25 years as Director, she promised to come back to walk the paths and see the rhododendrons in bloom. Sounds like a plan. I see her along the trails and in the woods—sometimes she’s a little kid, sometimes an old guy, but always with a smile, as if living out the watchwords that have always kept us going:
Sing behind the plow. Love life. Hate no one.
DThe Arts and Crafts Movement began in England in the 19th century as a reaction to increased industrialization and resistance to the ornate Victorian style, and it resonated in America in the first half of the 20th century. Its tenets: hand craftmanship with attention to detail, use of high-quality materials, and design that fulfills function in a visually simple way. Join us, February 19-25, for the Folk School’s annual “Salute to the Arts & Crafts Movement” week to celebrate the Arts and Crafts style. Enjoy our class picks below to get you inspired.
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