2021 brings renewed hope for getting people back together again. Considering these past months of uncertainty and isolation, we need each other now more than ever—working, learning, and creating together in the vital place that is John C. Campbell Folk School.
Our staff joyfully anticipates the return of students and instructors to campus, with health and safety being the top priority. In 2020, we learned a lot during our Summer and Fall Workshops and Traditional Craft Mentorship Program. Over a hundred local students attended the three-hour outdoor workshops, and the mentorship program welcomed 18 aspiring artists for one-month long intensive studies in craft and music. Our generous community of instructors students, and staff worked together to find innovative ways to modify Folk School procedures while wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.
Through these programs, we discovered the Folk School can still provide magical and life-changing experiences. Margaret Dugger, a weaver in the mentorship program, writes, “The Folk School had a profound effect on me during a hard and tumultuous year. The month spent here, though short, reaffirmed my love of weaving and the importance of craft and making in my life. It helped me to reconnect with the land that I know and love so much and strengthened that connection by giving me the chance to learn about the weavers who were here before me and whose footsteps (or treadlings) I follow in.” You can read more about Margaret’s experience on the Folk School’s blog.
We invite you to join the expansive Folk School community through virtual events, where you’ll find Folk School instructors and staff sharing their time and talents in live presentations on craft, music, and dance. Friday Morningsong is a beautiful start to your day! You can grab a cup of coffee and tune in most Fridays at 7:45 a.m. on our Facebook page. On the Folk School’s blog, you’ll find a complete schedule of upcoming virtual programs on the Virtual Events page. You can also view previous programs on the Virtual Events Library.
Although much has changed, our mission is the same. We continue to find ways to safely “transform lives and bring people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery.”
We know many of you are already planning your trip to Brasstown and looking forward to a personal recharge through a convergence of learning, connecting with others, and tapping into your creative mindset. And for first-timers, we’ll welcome you with open arms. We know that you, too, will come away refreshed, hopeful, and with your very own Folk School story.
Jerry Jackson, Executive Director
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.