Welcome to Our New Website

Our new website is here! There are plenty of wonderful features to explore, with more exciting developments on the way.

Explore Subjects and Studios

Each subject area has its own section on our new website, featuring information about the studio, a link to class listings, and a Flickr gallery with images of student work and folks having fun. Get a feel for what you’d like to take before signing up.

Apply for Jobs Online

Joining the Folk School team has never been easier! We have a number of exciting positions open, and you can apply online today for consideration. Click on Employment Opportunities to browse.

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A New Events Calendar

Click on “Happenings” in the main menu to view our new events calendar and detailed pages for our most popular recurring events. Check out our page for Fall Festival, returning this year on October 1 and 2, 2022!

Online Class Registration

Powered by Configio, our new online registration system allows you to browse our offerings, register instantly, and pay online. The streamlined process allows you to sign up for as many classes as you’d like along with reserving housing and meals during your stay. Online registration for 2023 classes opens August 16, 2022.

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Use the search bar in the top-right corner to search for anything Folk School related, like concert calendars, class schedules, Craft Shop hours, and more. Our search tool will point you where you need to go.

Mobile Friendly

Our new website is mobile and tablet-friendly, easy to access on Andriod, iPhones, iPads, and more. Browse just like you would on a desktop or laptop, with all features intact.

Share the Folk School Experience

A unique learning destination, the Folk School offers a wide variety of weeklong and weekend classes for those looking to strengthen their skills or try their hand at something new. Share our new website with friends, family, and others who have never been to the Folk School so they can discover what makes this place special to many around the world.

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A Few Small Changes

The Folk School Blog is now News & Stories

The Folk School’s blog is now labeled News & Stories. We’ll continue to bring you tales about the Folk School experience from the perspective of teachers and students, along with the latest news from our staff and Resident Artists. We’re in the process of transferring our blog archive over to the new website, but there are plenty of interviews and anecdotes to dive into today.

Use Contact Forms to Get in Touch

Almost every page has a contact form near the bottom, allowing you to send a direct message to the department or staff member in charge of that program area. This new contact system alleviates confusion and allows for a streamlined process when you need to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

Building on your feedback, we’re pleased to announce new opportunities and discounts for our neighbors and more.

NOTICE: Please be advised that updated discounts and newly added discounts will not be applicable until 10 a.m. on March 5th, 2024. However, residents of Gilmer and Rabun County, Georgia, and Jackson County, North Carolina, along with Active Military & Veterans are still able to complete steps 1-3 in the “How To Apply” section on our Tuition Discounts Page.


Local Residents

25% off Tuition for

Local Residents

The Folk School offers 25% off tuition and a guaranteed available spot upon registration to people living in the following neighboring counties: North Carolina: Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Swain, Jackson, and Graham. Georgia: Fannin, Towns, Union, Gilmer, and Rabun. Tennessee: Polk. 

DISCLAIMER:  Those looking to receive this benefit are required to present one of the following, showing proof of local address including city and state: a valid driver’s license, voter registration card, tax bill, or utility bill.


Active Military & Veterans

15% off Tuition for

Active Military & Veterans

The Folk School offers 15% off tuition and a guaranteed available space upon registration for active military & veterans.

DISCLAIMER:  Must present proof of capital VA card or capital DD-214 form.

Teacher and Young Adults

15% off Tuition for

Teachers and Young Adults

The Folk School offers 15% off tuition and a guaranteed available spot upon registration for Teachers and Young Adults (ages 18-25).

DISCLAIMER:  Teachers must present proof of current certification and employment as a teacher working in a school or school setting. Young Adults are required to submit a valid driver’s license or government-issued identification showing proof of age.

Online Registration for all 2024 Classes Opens March 5th, 2024

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