July 27, 2018
Southern Appalachian Folk School opened for classes February 24, 2018 and we have seen a whirlwind of activity ever since. I thought today was a good day to stop and give you a summary of what we’ve been up to lately.
The heart and soul of our folk school are the classes taught here. I can’t say enough about the caliber of instructors who have stepped forward to join us. We appreciate every single one and thank them for teaching and helping us in large and small ways around the school. Our instructors are the BEST!
We are delighted at the overwhelming response to our Community Folk Art Fence Fundraiser. We knew this project would be fun and it has exceeded our expectations. We cannot wait to present this piece of community artwork to you guys. If you would like to paint a picket, please contact us or come by the school when classes are in session to pick one up.
As you know, our home is a building once used for offices. These small office areas are not always ideal for classrooms and we knew from the beginning we needed to remodel. Last night, the journey began. We knocked down walls and will be taking up carpet. By the time our Grand Opening arrives you will see many changes. Classrooms will be larger, the gallery area up front will be more open and we will have a gift shop.
As we grow we are finding more and more opportunities for you to be involved with the school. Southern Appalachian Folk School is more than a place where classes are taught. So far this year we hosted the Youth Art Month Exhibit, we had an evening dedicated to learning about the history of mountain music and we moved the Art Pickens Artist Gathering to the school campus. The founders created the school to “keep our mountain culture alive”. This dream will be impossible without you. We invite you to volunteer. We will keep you posted on opportunities. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-253-0329.
Thank you for going on this journey with us!
Rhonda Fouts Lindsey is a Founder and Board Member of Southern Appalachian Folk School. She is a lifelong resident of Pickens County, GA, a poet, a grandmother and a mystic mountain woman who has a special connection to the hills she was born to.