Our re-opening plan is now in effect! Yes, it will change several of the ways you experience a class. Yet, we are confident that we can deliver a fantastic and rewarding experience in a safe and monitored environment. Please read this news VERY carefully so that you understanding everything that is required for your participation.
The first change is that the student count for each class in June and early July will be reduced by half to enable greater social distancing. Classes that normally host 10 students will be halved to 5 students, 6 students to 3 students and, so on.
We are actively working on a 2020 summer schedule. Each week we will post more classes and open for enrollment for these classes. In June and early July, the number of classes will be limited. As we receive good news data, we will add more classes.
At this time we have suspended studio days (rent the physical space to work on a personal project). We expect these to resume in the fall.
Blacksmithing classes will occur in our indoor blacksmithing studio equip with a serious exhaust
Studio classes will occur both inside the studio building (less then 10 people in 675 sq ft) and right
outside the building under a tent with access to the building for bathroom.
Children’s Classes and Workshops
Since 2012, we have hosted a few children’s classes in the folk crafts of woodworking, leather smithing, cob building, and blacksmithing. We are planning to offer more classes in late July/early August for kids ages 9-17. From blacksmithing to papermaking, these classes will be a way for kids to receive a high-quality folk education. Please look for this new schedule by the end of June.
We are taking several conservative precautions in order to allow everyone to enjoy their experience and stay safe. As good news data keeps coming to light we will begin to ease some of these requirements as it is easier to remove restrictions then add them. Therefore, ALL of the following precautions are mandatory:
Friday, March 13, 2020
In order to avoid any confusion and to be as safe and responsible as possible we are reluctantly cancelling this weekend’s classes. This is not an easy decision, yet we wish to be part of the solution and not a continuation of the problem. Therefore we will close the school until April 6th or until further notice. Classes being cancelled by this decision are:
- 3/13 Finding Your Flow (FREE)
- 3/14 Wildcrafting w/Jim McDonald: Bud, Bark & Branch (Winter)
- 3/14 Medicine Making Workshop: Bud, Bark & Branch (Winter)
- 3/14 & 3/15 Creating a Traditional Longbow
- 3/14 & 3/15 Hand-Forged Knives: Intro to Bladesmithing
We will see you in a few weeks. Until then stay tuned, get crafty and Find Your Flow!
The Michigan Folk School, 501c3
7734 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
To the Michigan Folk School community:
Today we made several important decisions regarding folk school operations in light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (new coronavirus) and Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency in the State of Michigan. Out of an abundance of caution, our partner school Washtenaw Community College, has cancelled all classes starting today until April 6th. Below are the actions that will be taken by The Michigan Folk School:
WCC Administered Classes
The following classes, operated in partnership with WCC, have been cancelled and a refund has been issued (rescheduling is currently being discussed):
- 3/12 Growing Microgreens
- 3/18 Backyard Edible Mushrooms
- 3/21 Soap-Making Workshop
- 3/21 Soap-Making Workshop: Color, Texture and Swirls
- 3/22 Sandal-Making Workshop
- 3/24 Homesteading 101
- 4/4 The Art of Millinery: Making a Hat
- 4/4 Blacksmithing: An Introduction
- 4/5 Intermediate Millinery: Blocking, Finishing and Trimming
MFS Direct Administered Classes:
All direct folk school classes will be cancelled from Monday, March 16th until April Monday April 6th. Refunds for these cancelled classes will be issued today. We are working on rescheduling these courses. These cancelled classes are as follows:
- 3/21 Blacksmithing for Kids
- 3/28 Shaker Boxes: Beyond the Basics
The following Community class has been cancelled:
- 3/27 So, You Want to Be a Beekeeper
We will keep you up to date with the latest news from the Michigan Folk School. Thank you for for being so courageous and supportive to one another in these crazy times.
Michigan Folk School