Giving

Why We Need Your Help

It takes a lot to be your Folk School. With 800+ weeklong and weekend classes for 6,200+ people per year, and with vibrant music, dance, craft, and art event offerings, all on a large, 270-acre campus, your non-profit needs the support of everyone who values immersive creative learning and relational interactions as a way to a more fulfilled life.

News & Stories: Giving

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2021 Annual Report – Singing Behind the Plow

Our 2021 Annual Report is now available...

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Folk School Stories: Jo Haas

“Magical.” That’s how Jo Haas describes the first time she visited our beloved Folk School. Five years ago, Jo was looking for an immersive experience that would really help her unplug from her busy life as CEO of the non-profit Kentucky Science Center.

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Folk School Stories: Luz and John Frye

Luz and John think it’s important to financially support our non-profit school that provides such value to them, so they include the Folk School in both their annual giving and estate plans. “This is a significant place that’s different than most of the rest of the world, so we want to support it,” John said. “If we don’t support it as individuals, then we can’t encourage other people and grantors to support it.”  

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Folk School Stories: Karen and Paul Rusello

Whatever your abode, castle or cottage, you most likely have a broom in your home or hanging on your hearth. From besoms and cobweb brooms to more modern flat brooms and whimsical sculptural objects, brooms are important cultural symbols used for decoration and ritual, as well as functional tools. At the Folk School, we have both week-long and weekend classes for you to explore the rich heritage of broom making with renowned artisans.

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Folk School Stories: Tommye Scanlin

Having grown up just 12 miles down the road from Brasstown, many of Tommye Scanlin’s earliest Folk School memories date back to her youth. In the mid-1960s, she and her boyfriend would often catch a glimpse of campus on their way to the drive-in movie theater in Peachtree. Since those drive-in, drive by days, Tommye’s Folk School story has come full circle…

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Folk School Stories: Janet Davis

When Janet Davis recently volunteered for Weavers’ Work Week, it was just her second visit to campus since her beloved husband, Jim, passed away in November 2017.

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Flourishing at the Folk School: Corie Pressley

Corie Pressley has lived in tiny Brasstown, North Carolina, all her 21 young years. She commuted to college for two years but this scenic Appalachian community is where she’s grown up, developed, and matured. You might think her life experiences have been limited in this small town. But that’s where you’d be wrong.

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The Folk School on WREK Radio Atlanta

Did you get a chance to listen to the interview about the Folk School with Pattie Bagley, Mark Hendry and Jack Smoot on The Avenue Lounge Show on WREK Radio 91.1 FM, Atlanta, GA? If you missed the live show modern technology has preserved the interview for all to enjoy, at any time, here on Soundcloud. Learn about some Folk School history and also about Pattie, Mark, and Jack’s personal stories and experiences.

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Listen to These Folk School Stories

I realized soon after joining the Folk School this summer that this was a unique place brimming with stories. Stories about what happens here, stories about learning a new skill or technique. Stories about how a week at the Folk School has transformed lives, created rich new relationships and empowered students and instructors to make new discoveries about themselves and others.

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Pushing the Handmade Envelope

“What do you like best about the Folk School?” I asked an eight-year-old friend.

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Jewelry Class Completes Studio Funding

It started in 1999. Four long-time friends decided to take a class together at the Folk School. Based on the time they had off, and their similar interests, they chose a jewelry class taught by our Resident Artist in jewelry, Barbara Joiner. They probably didn’t suspect that their week long class would turn into a 12 year (and running) tradition that reunites a special, tight-knit group of friends, while giving them the opportunity to hone their jewelry and metalsmithing skills. The original group of four expanded throughout the years, and now about 8 people are considered “regulars” each year in Barbara’s class. Students come from Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio, and beyond to take advantage of Barbara’s expertise to work independently on their own projects. (This year’s class was called “Unfinished Business.”)

We appreciate your support and are glad you’re part of the Folk School family.

When you financially support the Folk School, you’re helping make the world a more caring and creative place. Tangibly, that means maintaining and equipping studios, housing, the dining facility, History Center, Craft Shop, Log Cabin Museum, trails and gardens. It means supporting a robust traditional Appalachian concert and dance program. It means enabling scholarships for people who would otherwise be unable to attend. And it means reaching out to area youth with programs like Little Middle Folk School and our Junior Appalachian Musicians program.

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Annual Fund Gifts

Help strengthen the Folk School by donating to our Annual Fund. We’ll use your gift where it’s most needed.

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Fund-A-Need Gifts

Support for specific studio, housing, operation, and campus needs that helps make everyone’s experience even better.

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Planned Gifts

Join the Olive Dame Campbell Society by including the Folk School in your estate plans.

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Scholarship Gifts

Help those who would otherwise be unable to attend have meaningful learning experiences.

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Other Ways To Give

AmazonSmile, Stock Transfers, and numerous other ways to support your beloved Folk School.

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2021 Annual Report Cover

Annual Report

Our recent Annual Reports are available here, on our website. We publish them here in grateful recognition of our generous supporters and to share our audited financial performance as a non-profit organization. The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. This mission is made possible by our students, community members, instructors, resident artists, studio assistants, performers, volunteers, staff and board – together, we are the Folk School.

View recent reports:

2021 ANNUAL REPORT 2020 ANNUAL REPORT 2019 ANNUAL REPORT 2018 ANNUAL REPORT 2017 ANNUAL REPORT

Locate & Contact

Please contact Development for more information.

John C. Campbell Folk School

Development Office

Kathi Osborne: Director

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724) x111

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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