News and Updates

Welcome Our New Gardener, Jason Ebinger

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Gardener, Jason Ebinger! Jason has an extensive history managing farm and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Folk School. We look forward to seeing how the garden flourishes this year. Read more to learn about Jason and his goals in this position.

Online Learning

Thank You for the Wonderful Lessonface Experience

We send a big “thank you” to the students, instructors, and staff who helped to make our Lessonface classes a big success. So far, over 300 students enjoyed our online course offerings in 10 different media including cooking, fiber arts, glass beadmaking, music and dance, nature studies, painting, paper arts, photography, storytelling, woodturning and writing.

VIRTUAL MORNINGSONG

Tune Into Virtual Morningsong Every Friday

Join us every Friday morning on Facebook Live for Virtual Morningsong. It's a great way to start the day! To watch live, all you have to do is visit our Facebook Page at 7:45–8:15 a.m. on Fridays. If you miss a Morningsong, or want to re-watch, you can view the recordings by following the links in the artists section.

Appalachian Traditions

Appalachian Traditions Discussion Series

Appalachian Traditions is our free webinar discussion series with instructors from our master-artist-led series on traditional Appalachian craft. These hour-long conversations provide a space for instructors in traditional craft to share their personal stories and discuss their creative process.

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Keep the Folk School Healthy

“He told me the Folk School was the ‘Real Deal’.” Sally Payne has been coming to the Folk School since 2011, just after the grandson of Fred O. Scroggs—a Brasstown merchant who rallied residents and lobbied Olive and Marguerite to choose our hamlet as the school site in 1925—said these words to her. Justin Scroggs is a long-time colleague and friend of Sally...

CRAFT SHOP FEATURE

RECENT STORIES

Coming Full Circle: An Interview with Lindsey Liden, Resident Artist in Woodworking

Lindsey Liden is a 7th generation Brasstown native and his family has been associated with the Folk School since 1925. After time traveling, studying, and exploring, he has resettled down in Brasstown and has recently built his woodworking shop, Mulheron Craft, on his family’s farm in Brasstown. Lindsey enjoys making handmade banjos and fine furniture. He is also a regular instructor and our Resident Artist in Woodworking. Enjoy our interview!

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Radical, Righteous, Women at the Folk School

In honor of Women’s History Month, I had short chat with Mary Doornbos, former Craft Shop Manager at the Folk School. The month of March was declared Women’s History Month in an effort to commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of women in America.

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The Importance of Being a Student: An Interview with Jeff Hornung

Jumpstarted by a Folk School woodturning class nine years ago, Jeff Hornung began his own woodturning business after recovering from post-concussion syndrome. Now, he is a Folk School instructor, juried artist, national and international demonstrator, author, and Artist-in-Residence at the Craft Alliance School of Art + Design in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Remembering David Brose

David A. Brose passed away peacefully at home in Geisky Creek, N.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021, at age 69. He served as folklorist at John C. Campbell Folk School in 1991-2019 and was a special part of our community. Read more…

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Recreating a 1933 Doris Ulmann Photograph with Lesley Darling

Last fall, I and eight other craftspeople joined John C Campbell for the second session of the Traditional Craft Mentorship program. During this four-week program, we lived, ate, and crafted on campus (socially distanced of course). While we wait patiently for the Folk School to open in person later this year, I thought I’d share a story about just one adventure that befell us in October.

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New Multi-Studio Classes

Our new Multi-Studio classes invite students to explore two or more subjects during a weeklong Folk School class. In 2021, we’re offering four new Multi-Studio classes, each featuring two different studio experiences in one week! Learn more.

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May–December 2021 Catalog is Now Available

We are overjoyed to announce the Folk School’s reopening on May 2. We invite you to recharge your creativity and broaden your horizons this year. Our new May–December 2021 Folk School Catalog is now mailing all classes are now open for enrollment.

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Scholarship Applications for 2021 Classes Are Now Available

Each year, the Folk School awards a limited number of scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial limitations. Scholarships provide partial or full financial support for tuition, housing and meals. We accept applications throughout the year on our SlideRoom application site. Learn More…

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Winter/Spring 2021 Online Classes

Learn with us online! The Folk School is excited to partner with Lessonface, an online learning organization founded by previous Folk School Work/Study student Claire Cunningham. We’re offering 30 classes between February and April 2021 in music, cooking, painting, nature studies, writing, paper arts, knitting, spinning, quilting, and more.

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Singing Behind the Keyboard

At Lessonface, we are thrilled that the John C. Campbell Folk School will be offering its magical and life-changing classes to remote students via our online platform beginning in February. It is our sincere hope that through this programming we can deliver a true Folk School experience, an experience which is very near and dear to me personally.

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Thanks for the Dance, Bob Dalsemer

After almost thirty years in Brasstown, Bob Dalsemer has moved to a lovely new home in a residential community in Black Mountain, North Carolina where he joins a number of musical friends. But rest assured, he took a piece of Brasstown with him: a wonderfully whimsical quilt. This quilt was created and blessed by lots of his friends who pieced and sewed a little bit of their hearts and memories into a beautiful expression of thanks for helping us understand that music and dance are a natural part of a full life. 

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Current Catalog

Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our new May–December 2021 eCatalog is now available.

Online Craft Shop

Our online Craft Shop is now live! Support our vision, mission, and values by purchasing handcrafted items. Our online selection of items will continue to grow, so check back regularly for new items, interviews and more.

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