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|John C. Campbell Folk School
The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.
Folks come together in this haven, tucked in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains, to have creative and fun learning experiences. The Folk School's motto, 'I sing behind the plow', reflects our desire to find joy in our daily lives.
Programs & Classes
You'll find deep satisfaction in the development of creative skills in a supportive, hands-on learning environment at the Folk School. We offer adults more than 800 weeklong and weekend classes year-round in traditional and contemporary craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. Friendly, knowledgeable instructors teach our small-sized classes.
The Folk School's Craft Shop reflects the rich heritage of our Appalachian region and the talented artisans who live and work locally and regionally. Representing over 600 craftspeople, it offers everything from decorative jewelry to functional fireplace poker sets. Take home handcrafted pottery, turned wood bowls, and fiber creations like scarves and table linens. The Craft Shop is also proud to be the home of the world-renowned Brasstown Carvers.
The Folk School's Friday night concert series features some of the finest regional and national acts performing old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel and Celtic music. The concerts are open to the public. Donations welcome.
Community dances are usually held every other Saturday evening and are relished by local residents and visitors who enjoy contra and square dancing to live music.
The History Center traces the story of the Folk School from its beginning and provides an overview of Appalachian culture. It houses a collection of handcrafted objects, old documents and letters, and photographs - including those of famed photographer Doris Ulmann.
Numerous walking trails meander the 300-acre campus, including the Rivercane Walk, a creekside trail with art honoring the Cherokee heritage of the Appalachian area.
A community that awakens, enlivens, and enlightens the world.
The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment
for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery.
We bring originality, creativity and passion to all endeavors---we sing behind the plow.
We treat everyone with respect, humility and warmth.
We honor the traditions and spirit of the Folk School as we guide its evolution and preserve it for the future.
We support and affirm each other in lifelong growth.