About Our School
What is a folk school?
The folk school tradition traces its origins to Scandinavian countries, with NFS Grundtvig of Denmark coining the term ‘schools for life’ as part of his philosophy of education, and of his vision for strengthening and empowering communities. Our folk school focuses on an unplugged, deliberate approach, with an emphasis on intergenerational learning that is fun, collaborative and restorative.
Our mission is to support and strengthen connections by inviting all people to discover the joy of creating together through traditional arts and crafts.
People will honor and appreciate fellow artists and craftspeople of similar and differing cultural heritage as well as those from other times, experience the joy of creating and the restorative power of our natural environment.
We believe the sharing of culture and time-honored traditional arts & crafts will make the world a better place
We believe in the restorative value of our natural environment and our responsibility to protect it.
We believe everyone has the ability to create.
We believe in accessibility and inclusivity; all are welcome.
Emily Anderson – arts education and community organization background with an extensive network of artist contacts developed through her shop ‘The Highway North’.
Robin Brooksbank – community volunteer, former city council member and board member for a variety of non-profits, retired co-owner of manufacturing company.
Kathy Marker – recently retired from YMCA organization as Day Camp Project Manager and Director of Volunteers, long time community volunteer.
Nanc MacLeslie – on founding Board of Marine Community Library, professional skills in Marketing & Communications, singer and musician who has often performed for local non-profit benefits.
Jane Norbin – May township resident for over 40 years, retired nurse-midwife and Public Health Director, active in the local non-profit sector.
Matthew Smith – local resident and volunteer, currently County Manager of Dakota County, prior to that was Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Revenue, and Director of Finance, City of St. Paul.
Andy Wallace – owner of construction company for 20+ years, long time local volunteer for a variety of organizations.
Cathy Wegener – recently retired Stillwater Area Schools educator, was a long time teacher at Marine Elementary School prior to its closing.
Photo Credit: MN Historical Society
History of Marine Mills
Founded in 1839, Marine Mills was the site of the first commercial sawmill in what would become the state of Minnesota. As lumbering became less of a dominant economic force, Twin Cities residents became increasingly interested in the area for its natural beauty and access to the St. Croix River. In an effort to emphasize the area’s pastoral beauty, the city name was changed to ‘Marine on St. Croix’ in 1912, as ‘Marine Mills’ was felt to be too industrial.