The Traditional Craft Mentorship Program is an opportunity for emerging artists to spend time at the Folk School learning from master artisans. Small groups of participants will join in focused sessions that enhance their interests, knowledge, and skills in traditional Appalachian craft, music, or dance.
In 2022 we will offer 4, two-weeklong mentorship opportunities in Broom Making, Clay, Cooking, and Woodcarving. 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.
Mentees will receive housing and meals and a $450 stipend for travel and class materials. They will stay on campus during their two-week session with unlimited
access to their given studio. Structured teaching and mentorship time will follow our
standard class schedule (9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.).
Applications will open October 1 and are due by Dec 1, 2021. For information and application procedures, check for updates on this page or sign up for our eNewsletter.