Folk schools across the region and country are working to find ways to continue to share crafting and create community during the pandemic.  Like other arts organizations, the reduced ability of folk schools to have in-person events, and in many cases the complete lack of in-person classes, makes it darn tough — to support local artists, to start conversations about critical issues facing our society and world, to survive.  All of us are doing our best to creatively connect with our students, and to continue to support traditional arts & crafts preservation and education.  Here’s some activities and classes offered by other folk schools – take a look, take a class if interested, and consider visiting in person, once traveling is again an option.

  • The Ely Folk School is offering a combination of in-person classes and online classes.  Capturing Fall Colors is one of their in-person classes with a 1 hour indoors orientation and followed by time outdoors taking photos of the beautiful north woods
  • Shake Rag Center for the Arts in Mineral Point WI reopened in June and has offered some in-person classes.  They’ve also opened a new online Artisan Marketplace, which supports local artists as the folk school
  • Consider popping down to Dodgeville WI on September 30 for a two hour Ukuelele Lovers’ Retreat at Folklore Village, a cultural arts center that began with a focus on folk dances
  • North House Folk School in Grand Marais is offering a limited number of in-person classes, as well as some Facebook Live Lunchtime Chats, including this one on Broom Making with Marybeth Garmoe
  • John C. Campbell in  Folk School Brasstown, NC is one of the oldest folk schools in the country. Every Friday the school invites everyone to join their joyful Virtual Morningsong (7:45 am est/6:45 am cst).  It’s a wonderful way to end the week and start the weekend