There are twelve days of voting left in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program and we are currently in 12th place. We want to thank everyone who has voted for the Folk School Festival Barn Project so far. We ask that you continue to vote for the next twelve days to help the Folk School secure a $25,000 grant to renovate the Festival Barn. This money will allow us to build a larger stage, purchase sound and lighting equipment, strengthen the aging structure, and ensure that our Festival Barn will endure as a place where our hearts and minds come alive through dance and song.
How to vote:
2.) Scroll down, below the map, to see the Festival Barn Project Voting Area.
3.) Select “Vote Now”
4.) Confirm State Farm App (we have been assured that State Farm will not post advertisements on your feed. This is only to verify that you are a real person and not an automated voter).
4.) Start Voting. Share with your Facebook Friends. Repeat the voting daily.
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The Festival Barn Project
The Festival Barn is a large, open-air barn that serves as a performance venue, but it is dire need of renovation. This rustic outdoor performance and teaching area is used for a variety of community events such as Little/Middle Folk School, the Annual Fall Festival, weekly concerts and dances, and more. This structure has served the community for over 45 years, but it has begun to deteriorate at a rapid rate. The roof leaks, the stage is inadequate for many performances, and the seating and lighting are subpar.
We are planning to renovate this structure, build a new stage, install permanent lighting, purchase additional seating, replace the building’s roof, and weatherproof the structure. This project will provide a sheltered area in which musicians and dancers can perform, as well as a space for an outdoor classroom. The Festival Barn will allow the Folk School and various community organizations to host a diverse array of large-scale activities such as musical performances (like the North Carolina Symphony), hold large community dances, and provide a safe and well-lit performance space. Most importantly, this project will allow the Festival Barn to continue to be a place where the arts come alive – where inspiration is found and creativity is renewed – where community is everything.
About the Neighborhood Assist Program
Over the next three weeks 200 finalist organizations will compete to see which project receives the most votes. The 40 organizations that garner the most votes will be awarded a $25,000 grant to complete their project.
Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes. podielski.com