John C. Campbell Folk School

Winner can choose from over 860 classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School, in a broad variety of areas. Read more


John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Read more


Growing up in Cherokee County, Jan Davidson had always heard of the John C. Campbell Folk School. He recalls his first pilgrimage to the Brasstown campus as a first-grader on a field trip. Read more


Celebrate the season—and the creativity of Southern Appalachia—at one or more of these markets, fairs, and arts communities. Read more



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The “School of Appalachia” isn’t a single place. It’s an open invitation to retreat into the mountains to think, to learn, to collaborate, and to create. Read more

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The Smokies are home to a myriad of artists and craftsmen, many of whom opened their studios after having been trained at local institutions, which just so happen to be among the prestigious and accessible arts and craft schools in the world. Read more