We are excited to share we’ll be hosting our first-ever Artist in Residence Program! This is a grant-funded opportunity for early to mid-career artists to spend four months in Murphy and Brasstown, North Carolina focusing on their craft while working within and building community.

About the Program

Building on one of the original goals of our founders, Olive Dame Campbell and Marguerite Butler, this opportunity is focused on traditional Appalachian craft, music, and dance and aims to support the next generation of tradition bearers, keeping alive time-honored practices. We hope to foster a creative space where folks can build relationships that will carry beyond their time in the studio.

Crafts of interest include, basketry, gourds, broom making, chair seats, clay, dyeing, felt making, knitting and crochet, lace, needlework and thread arts, quilting, rugs, sewing, spinning, storytelling, weaving, woodcarving, woodturning, music, dance, and other media on a case-by-case basis.

The residency provides housing, meals and a stipend. Artists will focus on honing their craft, with scheduled public engagement through demonstrations or open studio time. Artists will have access to additional paid teaching opportunities and the ability to sell their work.

Each of the four-month-long sessions will provide one artist with opportunities to explore, expand, and share the historical and cultural context of their subject area and the relevance of traditional craft in modernized society with the local community and Appalachian region.

Applications are due by October 1, 2021. For the latest information, visit our website or sign up for our eNewsletter.


*Applicants are not required to meet all criteria.

  • Applicant is pursuing and actively preserving traditional craft, music, or dance as a working artist or art educator.
  • Applicant is interested in sharing knowledge with the community and passing traditions to the next generation.
  • Applicant is based in one of the counties designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission in the states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia. https://www.arc.gov/images/appregion/AppalachianRegionCountiesMap.pdf).
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.