Make a Difference: Support the Folk Arts
The Michigan Folk School is, of course, about learning. But it’s much more than that too — it’s about building a sense of community, of rewinding the clock to a simpler time, and of carrying on the tradition of passing knowledge from one set of hands to another.
Which is why we are seeking support to build the new campus at the new Staebler County Park. (You can read an overview of the campus project here - Our New Home.)
Our Vision is Ambitious!
And we need your help to set the Michigan Folk School on a solid foundation for years to come.
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Phase I: An Early Success!
In Phase I, we raised close to $100,000 and formed a partnership with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation. As they develop a new park at Staebler Farm, we are creating a new home on county parkland. Phase I is nearing completion with the renovation of the blacksmithing and woodworking studio, anticipated to open in early 2019. Before we move on to the next phase, we are seeking additional funds to outfit the blacksmith studio and woodworking space.
Phase II: Laying the Foundation
Phase II focuses on more general development of the new campus. The funds raised will enable the Michigan Folk School to develop a multipurpose building — soon to be the heart of the new campus space. At 3,000 square feet, the building will consist of flexible classroom spaces, an administrative space and a teaching kitchen. The new building will allow the Michigan Folk School to offer a robust set of programs that address community interests and priorities reflecting the full spectrum of our local food system and artisan community.
We envision programing to include organic food production; animal husbandry; folk arts from blacksmithing, leather-making and ceramics to timber-framing, bushcraft and glass blowing; sustainable living; gardening and soil and water conservation; cooking and nutrition; community engagement; and stewardship.
Learn more about Phase II: Overview (PDF)
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