2020 Music Mentees. Photo courtesy of Sparrow Kettner.

Program Details

The Traditional Craft Mentorship Program is an opportunity for emerging artists to spend time at the Folk School learning from master artisans. Small groups of participants will join in focused sessions that enhance their interests, knowledge, and skills in traditional Appalachian craft, music, or dance. Building on one of the original goals of our founder, Olive Dame Campbell, the Mentorship Program aims to educate and inspire the next generation of traditional craft artisans, keeping these time-honored practices alive. Similar opportunities throughout Folk School history have greatly impacted the lives of those involved, becoming students, instructors, donors, volunteers, Resident Artists, and community members.

Mentees will receive housing and meals and a $450 stipend for travel and class materials. They will stay on campus during their two-week session with unlimited access to their given studio. Structured teaching and mentorship time will follow our standard class schedule (9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.).

The Folk School is committed to inclusivity. We have made a commitment to serve the Appalachian region and are actively recruiting applicants from Central Appalachia. We strongly encourage BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists to apply.

In 2022 we will offer 3, two-weeklong mentorship opportunities in Cooking, Folklore and Woodcarving, and Folklore and Music. Alongside craft instruction, mentors will delve into the historic and cultural context of their subject area. Participants can expect to learn new techniques and to come to understand the relevancy of their craft in the Appalachian region, gaining the knowledge and inspiration to pass these traditions on to others.

Applications for our 2022 Mentorship program will open on October 8 and close on December 1. For more information on class descriptions and application details, visit our 2022 Mentorship blog page.


2020 Mentorships

Our first ever Mentorship series was hosted last fall, and we’re so grateful for the incredible students and instructors who took part. To read more about last year’s mentorship program, visit our recap blog.

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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.