As we prepare for our reopening May 2, we are excited to welcome a variety of new staff members to our Programs team. We’re also happy to announce a few of our previous Programs staff members have transitioned into new roles. Learn more about our new hires and see what they’ll be working on in the coming months. And make sure to introduce yourself on your next visit if you see any of these familiar faces on campus!
Resident Artist in Weaving, Rugs, Thread Art, Lace, and Beading
Allie comes to us with a strong weaving background and a broad interest in fiber arts including traditional textiles and working with historical patterns. They have taught and studied at a number of Folk and Craft Schools and, most recently, participated in the Traditional Craft Mentorship Program here at the Folk School. Allie is passionate about maintaining the connection to the craft traditions of Appalachia while expanding on the concept of what craft can be.
We are happy to have Allie and their sweet goats in Brasstown join us on our mission of passing down these traditions.
Check out Allie’s previous blog post, where you can learn more about their background in craft and plans going into a Resident Artist position.
Studio Coordinator in Wood
Making the trek across the country from Washington state to Brasstown, we welcome Gabe in our new Studio Coordinator in Wood position. Gabe has a rich and varied woodworking background from furniture making and chair making to woodcarving and woodturning. He joined us as a student in our Traditional Craft Mentorship program and is an accomplished dance caller and an ethnomusicologist.
Gabe says, “I feel like I’m in a position to really be a steward for the idea that practicing traditional craft skills can be transformative to students’ lives.”
He looks forward to connecting with the Brasstown community through music and exploring the local mountains with his dog, Tilly, and his fishing pole.
Nicholas Daglis is a glass artist originally from the greater Atlanta area. Nick brings with him a wealth of making and studio management experience and we look forward to his support in studio operations and long-range planning for studio improvements.
During his time off, Nicholas enjoys gardening and playing music.
Nick’s words about joining the Folk School team: “I have seen the transformative power of craft in my own life as well as in the lives of my students and I am most looking forward to facilitating its life-changing effects in the folk school model.”
Community Programs Manager
Before coming to the Folk School, Kristin served as Director of Education at Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta. She has over 13 years of experience in art education, program development, community relationship building, and as a working artist.
Kristin says that she cannot wait to get started contributing her part to creating a welcoming and enriching community space in downtown Murphy.
Her main sources of joy are being creative, teaching, and spending time with her husband and two kitties.
Visitor Engagement Coordinator
Tammy is a longtime member of the Folk School team and has recently transitioned into a new role as Visitor Engagement Coordinator.
Some of Tammy’s projects include managing student and instructor orientations, closing ceremonies, weekly and special group guided tours, and specific Folk School events, like Little/Middle Folk School.
We look forward to seeing Tammy’s sense of humor, positive attitude, and love for the Folk School and our local community shine in this new role.
Studio Coordinator in Clay
Josh has more than 20 years of clay experience in industry, non-profit, and educational settings.
As a previous member of the Folk School team as Volunteer and Events Coordinator, Josh has been the Resident Artist in Clay for one year and has contributed a great deal by recruiting exciting new instructors and class offerings.
Josh brings energy and enthusiasm to any project he takes on. We look forward to seeing him thrive in this new role!
Resident Artist in Enameling, Warm/Hot Glass
Kay joins us as a previous Studio Assistant in Enameling and has worked as a hand engraver and silversmith for the past 20 years at her home studio.
Kay has supported the Folk School by teaching a variety of classes in metals, enameling, and fiber, and even learned how to enamel and felt wool with us!
We are delighted to have Kay joining us in this new role and are so thankful for her dedicated teaching.
Barbie is the Outreach Coordinator for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She joined the Folk School staff in 2020 and enjoys connecting with the local community, engaging prospective students, and building relationships with makers. In her spare time, you can find her hiking, painting, or cooking a new recipe.