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Dear Folk School Family,

After careful consideration and with the utmost concern for the safety of staff, students, instructors, and community, we are revising our 2021 program schedule. Instead of resuming our regularly scheduled classes on January 3, we have decided to begin on May 2. We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and public health professionals’ guidelines. With the current and expected continuation of the national surge of COVID-19 cases and oncoming cooler weather, we believe this is the best decision for everyone’s health and safety.

This week our registration staff will begin contacting students enrolled in January through April classes to discuss refund and rescheduling options. To contact our Registration department, please call 1-800-365-5724, ext. 1. If you are an instructor and have questions about your class, call the Programs department, ext. 2.

We’re looking forward to having our Folk School family here with us in Brasstown next year! Even though our class sizes will be smaller, and we’ll implement health and safety precautions such as mask-wearing and physical distancing, we believe your Folk School experience will be as magical as ever. It’s not too early to begin planning your next visit to the Folk School. You can view May–June 2021 classes on our website and eCatalog. The new Folk School catalog will arrive in your mailbox in January, chock full of classes through December 2021. 

Although we have not been able to offer our regular programs since March, we’re discovering new ways to provide safe learning experiences, both in-person and virtually. Earlier this summer, we created a garden and nature-inspired workshop series, featuring topics such as composting, birding, and broom making. Over a hundred local students attended the three-hour outdoor workshops, many for the first time. 

Currently, we’re in the second session of our grant-funded Traditional Craft Mentorship program. Nine emerging artists are here studying with master artisans in blacksmithing, woodworking, and fiber arts. During our first session in October, mentees focused on weaving, music and dance, and basketry. Click here to learn more about how this new program is nourishing and cultivating the next craft generation. Tune in this Friday at 11 a.m., where you can meet the mentees and hear a recap of their week.

We’ve enjoyed connecting with old and new friends through our Virtual Events, and we appreciate our Folk School instructors for sharing their time and talents in these live hour-long presentations on craft, music, and dance. Attendee Diane Barrett recently expressed her gratitude, “How wonderful that you have found a way to enrich our creative lives right in our own homes during the pandemic.”  

Friday Morningsong is a wonderful way to begin your day! Join songwriter and musician Dawn Davis this Friday at 7:45 a.m. on our Facebook page. Find the complete schedule of upcoming virtual events here and watch previous performances on our YouTube channel.

Like many nonprofits and businesses, the Folk School has suffered financial losses because of COVID-19. To fully recover, we are relying on your continued financial support and attendance in classes. With your help, we can continue to fulfill our mission: “The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery.”

It’s easy to donate today at our Fund-A-Need site, or you can mail your check to:

Keep the Folk School Healthy

John C. Campbell Folk School

1 Folk School Rd.

Brasstown, NC 28902

Sincerely,

Jerry Jackson, Executive Director

Pandemic-Related Class Cancellation Refund Policy, updated Nov 2, 2020

While classes and events are currently suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our board of directors and staff continue to work toward reconnecting with our Folk School family on campus once it is considered safe and appropriate to do so.

We have made the decision to cancel classes through April 30, 2021. If you are registered for an upcoming class you have four options regarding your refund, namely:

  1. Gift Certificate:You can elect to receive a gift certificate for the full amount you have paid. The certificate can be used within the next three years for future classes or purchases in our Craft Shop. Choosing this option helps the Folk School remain strong and ready to eventually resume classes and events.
  2. Donate to the Folk School:As a show of support for the Folk School, you may choose to donate all or part of what would be refunded for your canceled class. If you are able, please consider offering aid to the school in this way.
  3. Refund: All requested cash refunds will be processed within 30 days from the date of your refund request.
  4. Transfer to a future class. May–June 2021 classes are currently posted on our website. July–December classes will be posted on our website in January, along with the release of our new catalog.

Our Registration staff is contacting students in class-date order to discuss refund options. If you have not yet been contacted, but would like to initiate your refund, call registration staff at 1-800-365-5724, ext. 1.

Thank you for your understanding and support during these trying times. You are our community, and our strength to overcome adversity comes from you. Be well and stay safe!

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Folk School Classes and Events During the Pandemic:

How long will my refund take? 

All refunds will be processed within 30 days of the refund request. 

When will 2021 classes be available for registration?   
May – June 2021 classes are now online. July – December 2021 classes will be posted online in January. A printed catalog will also be mailed to students in January. To request a catalog, sign up on our website on the home page under “Request A Catalog.”

What if I need to cancel due to COVID?

To prioritize the safety of our campus and community, we have revised our cancellation policy to provide flexibility for COVID related cancellations. For any student with a positive diagnosis, symptoms, or exposure to COVID-19 within two weeks of a class starting we have waived the cancellation fee and can issue a full refund up to the day a class begins. Students should contact the Registrar immediately so we can process a refund.

What if I miss class time as a result of COVID?

In the case of missed class time because someone experiences a positive COVID test or the Folk School suspends or cancels a class, the amount of missed class time will be pro-rated as credit towards a future class. Once a class begins, there will be no refunds or credits for early departure, late arrival, or missed class for any other reason.

What determines whether or not the Folk School will cancel classes in the future?
The Folk School staff and board of directors are making decisions based on state and federal guidelines; the health and safety needs of our students, staff, and community; and necessary logistics for resuming operations.

Can I visit the campus even if you’re not having classes?
All of our facilities are currently closed to the public, but you are welcome to walk the nature trails on campus. We ask that you wear a mask if you are within six feet of other visitors and staff. Current North Carolina guidelines require wearing a mask in public places.

Is the Craft Shop open?
The Craft Shop is currently open by appointment, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Masks are required to enter the shop and a limit of 6 customers will be allowed in the space at one time. We are launching an online Craft Shop in mid-November! We also accommodate phone orders and curbside pickup. Call us at 828-837-2775, ext. 125 to schedule your visit

John C. Campbell Folk School
About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.