The Traditional Craft Mentorship Program brings skilled practitioners of Appalachian craft together with emerging artists for a period of focused creative study in small groups. This program aims to support emerging artists through mentorship, shared studio practice, and relationship building. It helps preserve and promote traditional craft and ensure that traditional skills are passed down to future practitioners.
Alongside craft instruction, mentors will delve into the historic and cultural context of their subject area. Participants can expect to learn new techniques and to come to understand the relevancy of their craft in the Appalachian region, gaining the knowledge and inspiration to pass these traditions on to others.
Mentorships are tuition-free learning opportunities. Selected applications are given room and board at no cost and are awarded a stipend of $450 to help with travel and materials.
Applications for our 2023 Mentorship program has closed. Areas of study for 2023 include broom making, clay, leatherworking, and quilting.
Gabe was invited by the American Craft Council to contribute an Object Story for Atlanta/Southeast Craft Week. Learn about the settee he made during the Mentorship Program.
Sparrow’s episode of the American Songcatcher podcast provides an audio journal of her mentee experience. Lots of history and great music complement her personal story.
Margaret Dugger, one of our Weaving mentees, told us how the program “left my heart renewed.” Read Margaret’s wonderful story about her experience on campus using the link below.
Olive’s Porch Artist in Residence Program is a grant-funded opportunity for early to mid-career artists to spend four months in Murphy and Brasstown, North Carolina focusing on their craft while working within and building community.
Participants will live on the Folk School campus and have access to a studio at Olive’s Porch, a new community-focused space in downtown Murphy.
The residency will provide ample time for creative practice and opportunities to engage and inspire through demonstrations, conversations, and collaborations.
Building on one of the original goals of our founders, Olive Dame Campbell and Marguerite Butler, this opportunity is focused on traditional Appalachian craft, music, and dance and aims to support the next generation of tradition bearers, keeping alive time-honored practices. We hope to foster a creative space where folks can build relationships that will carry beyond their time in the studio.
The residency provides housing and meals and a $2400 stipend. Artists will focus on honing their craft, with scheduled public engagement through demonstrations or open studio time. Artists will have access to additional paid teaching opportunities and the ability to sell their work.
Applications for our 2023 Artist in Residence Program have closed. We’ll have more information soon about 2023 participants and applications for the 2024 program.
For those looking to gain practical and hands-on cultivation experience, the Folk School offers a Garden Internship program.
From March-October each year, one intern will assist our Gardener Jason Ebinger in developing and implementing season-long plans for the Folk School’s garden, leading participants in the Work Study program, and performing overall maintenance.
The Folk School’s garden produces a diverse array of crops and supports the programming of many classes and studios with dye plants, broom corn, basket willow, and more.
The right candidate will be able to create a unique opportunity for themselves, shaping the internship based on their personal interests. Compensation includes a monthly stipend, room and board, and a class resource.
Ideally, candidates will be available for the full eight-month period, but applicants only available for a portion of that time may apply as well.
Applications will open up again in early 2023. For the latest information, check this page for updates, sign up for our eNewsletter, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
In addition to these focused opportunites, we’re proud to offer scholarships and special work-trade programs that help more students from a variety of backgrounds and from all over the world take part in the Folk School Experience. Find more information using the buttons below.
Please contact Programming for more information.
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902