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Current Opportunities

Folk Schools & Craft Education Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 7-8pm

What’s a folk school? How do they work? What do they teach?

A free online panel discussion

Over the past 20 years, growing interest in the folk school model and creative education has contributed to revitalizing craft and handmade skills in parts of the world. Join us for a conversation on craft education and the Danish Folk School movement, a non-competitive and community-based model for lifelong education. Learn about folk schools and let’s think about how the folk school model might be applied in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Who should join us?

Craftspeople, artisans, arts and crafts educators, folklorists, stakeholders in cultural tourism, anyone with an interest in supporting local crafts traditions and skills training.


  • Jessa Frost, Program Director, North House Folk School, Grand Marais, Minnesota, USA. An educator by training, Jessa is passionate about lifelong learning, folk school traditions, and the connections of craft, community and landscape.
  • Martha Owen, Resident Artist, John C Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina, USA. Martha does spinning/knitting/feltmaking/dyeing and surface design. She started all her big ideas at this school in 1978 and has maintained a spinners flock since then and her interest in sheep and wool, music and dance, have carried her around the world.
  • Kelley Totten, Assistant Professor of Folklore, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada. Kelley first visited John C. Campbell Folk School as a student and has been involved in American folk schools in roles including student host, researcher, and archive consultant. She is now expanding on her dissertation, “Making Craft: Performing an Idea of Craft at US Folk Schools,” with research including the Danish folk school movement in Canada.

Moderator: Dale Jarvis, Intangible Heritage Cultural Officer, Heritage NL

When: 7-8pm, April 28, 2021

Where: Online with Zoom. You will need Zoom on your computer/laptop or mobile device (cellphone, tablet). Before joining a Zoom meeting or webinar, you can download the Zoom app from Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.

Cost: Free

To register: Register at and you will receive an email with a Zoom join link which you can use to enter the online event for 7pm on April 28.