Little Middle

Every summer, the Folk School offers Little Middle Folk School, an opportunity for youth ages 7-17 to discover Appalachian culture and take part in hands-on programs in dozens of arts and crafts.

Little Middle Folk School will take place from June 17-22, 2024

Little Middle will take place from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 22 in 2024. Registration will be available via Configio, our online class registration system. Be sure to register early, as these spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited and we usually reach capacity with a waitlist.

Before registration opens, create your Configio account and add children as “participants” so you can register as soon as applications go live.

Limited scholarships for Cherokee and Clay County residents are available.

Applications will open in Spring 2024. Check this page for more information!

Create an account on Configio

Fun for adults too!

For families interested in coming to the Folk School as a group, there are several opportunities for adults this week:

Interested in Dance? 
Join us for Dance Callers’ Week, an annual offering for adults during Little Middle! This class for beginning to intermediate callers offers a supportive environment designed to help students discover their strengths and explore new ideas.

For those who want to dance while the kids are in class: join the dance callers for two 90-minute practice sessions of contra and square dancing each day with wonderful live music accompaniment. No previous experience is necessary. It’s fun and great exercise, too!

Volunteer for Little Middle
Apply as a vonteer and help assist our instructors in delivering this special experience to kids.

Enjoy the Folk School
Bring your unfinished craft projects and gather with new friends to share ideas. Nestle in a rocking chair and read a book. Explore nature trails and our historic campus. There are many ways to relax and rejuvenate in these mountain surroundings.

Explore workshops at Olive’s Porch

In town for Little Middle? Visit downtown Murphy and check out a new Folk School experience, Olive’s Porch. The location at 27 Peachtree Street features classroom space, a retail shop showcasing the work of Appalachian artists, and a studio space dedicated to the Artist in Residence program. Named after the school’s co-founder Olive Dame Campbell, Olive’s Porch features short workshops focused on traditional Appalachian crafts, music, dance, and community topics designed for locals and visitors. We also host a variety of discussions, demonstrations, artist markets and other community events.

Visit Olive's Porch

Little Middle: News & Stories


Little Middle 2022

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Help Foster a Child’s Learning and Creativity

For only $173, you can help foster a child’s learning and creativity. By providing a scholarship for our week-long Little/Middle Folk School, you can help kids learn about Appalachian culture and explore fun and educational art and craft classes.


Socks and Sweaters: Expand Your Knitting Horizons with Margaret Radcliffe

Margaret Radcliffe is teaching two Knitting classes next month at the Folk School: My First Sock (Feb. 28 – March 2 / Weekend) and the Easiest Sweaters in the World (March 2-8). Come learn new techniques to take your garment knitting to the next level (or the first level if you are new to socks and sweaters). I chatted with Margaret about Knitting, the Folk School, and what it is like to write about Knitting. Enjoy our interview!


Two Blacksmiths are Living at my House

The following is a post by local blogger, Tipper Wilson Pressley. Visit Tipper’s blog, Blind Pig & the Acorn about all things Appalachia.


Jan Recaps Little Middle 2010

The Folk School recently completed Little Folk School and Middle Folk School–“Little Middle” or “L/M” as it looms on our planning calendars.  There were 284 students: 156 Little (age 7-12) and 128 Middle (age 13-17), mostly locals, in 26 classes with 30 amazing teachers and a 37-member volunteer crew.

Locate & Contact

Please contact our Programs Department for more information around Little Middle.

The John C. Campbell Folk School

Programs Department

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724)

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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