WELCOME TO THE ARBUTUS FOLK SCHOOL

Enriching lives and building community through joyful, hands-on learning with master artisans.

The Arbutus Folk School, is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides enlivening learning experiences through a wide-range of activities focused on fostering appreciation, knowledge and access to craft, music, community, celebrations and lore.

Located in historic downtown Olympia, Arbutus strives to be the heart of Pacific Northwest craft and community education. We provide professional instruction from world-class artists and a wide range of community-based learning opportunities to people of all ages. We support skills individuals seek to actively meet their own needs and interests and the needs of their communities.  Students come to Arbutus to make useful and beautiful crafts, seek personal enrichment, community connections, advance artistic skill and knowledge or historic preservation arts.  We support many local businesses that provide sustainable, locally-grown materials for use in our classes.

The Arbutus Folk School, is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides enlivening learning experiences through a wide-range of activities focused on fostering appreciation, knowledge and access to craft, music, community, celebrations and lore.

Located in historic downtown Olympia, Arbutus strives to be the heart of Pacific Northwest craft and community education. We provide professional instruction from world-class artists and a wide range of community-based learning opportunities to people of all ages. We support many local businesses that provide sustainable, locally-grown materials for use in our classes.

What’s New at Arbutus?

The Arbutus Folk School would like to invite you to our Fall Art Auction! This fundraiser features cocktails, appetizers, music, and beautifully hand crafted items. Show your support for traditional arts, crafts, and music! Tickets on sale now, click here to purchase!

Plum St. Village Mosaic

UPDATE!

The mosaic has been finished and installed! We succeeded in our objective to bring together members of the tiny home community, surrounding businesses and neighbors, and the general Olympia population. Participants created an incredible array of unique work, as each individual house was lovingly created and then purposefully incorporated into the larger mosaic.  The finished mosaic is roughly 3 ft x 5 ft, arranged by Jennifer Kuhns of JK Mosaics. The piece has been donated to LIHI and is installed permanently in the Plum St. Village.

Plum St. Village Mosaic

UPDATE!

The mosaic has been finished and installed! We succeeded in our objective to bring together members of the tiny home community, surrounding businesses and neighbors, and the general Olympia population. Participants created an incredible array of unique work, as each individual house was lovingly created and then purposefully incorporated into the larger mosaic.  The finished mosaic is roughly 3 ft x 5 ft, arranged by Jennifer Kuhns of JK Mosaics. The piece has been donated to LIHI and is installed permanently in the Plum St. Village.

Leading From the Roots

Arbutus Folk School Project Examines Economic Impact of Rural Arts, Culture and Heritage

Olympia, WA —Arbutus Folk School, in partnership with Fielding Graduate University and Highlander Research and Education Center, has received a $200,000 federal grant to engage local artisans, craftspeople, and tradition bearers in a study of economic vitality and resiliency through arts, culture, and heritage-based activities.  The “Leading from the Roots” project will investigate how local traditional artists can help reduce our region’s dependency on external or unsustainable economic drivers, develop economic vitality and improve resiliency in rural communities.  The project will also examine the potential for other folk schools across the United States to use a Community Based Participatory Research process to broaden their engagement and impact.

Leading From the Roots

Arbutus Folk School Project Examines Economic Impact of Rural Arts, Culture and Heritage

Olympia, WA —Arbutus Folk School, in partnership with Fielding Graduate University and Highlander Research and Education Center, has received a $200,000 federal grant to engage local artisans, craftspeople, and tradition bearers in a study of economic vitality and resiliency through arts, culture, and heritage-based activities.

Artists in Residence

Arbutus Call for Ceramics Artist in Residence!

Are you a ceramics artist looking to advance your craft and have your own studio space?

Applications are now being accepted for the Arbutus Folk School Artist in Residence! Click below to learn more or apply.

Ceramics

Andritta Berstein

Woodworking

Francis Fong

Olympia Woodworkers Guild

The Olympia Woodworkers Guild is a program of the Arbutus Folk School, dedicated to fostering a community of woodworkers.

Our next Guild Meeting is Monday, August 26th, 2019 at Arbutus Folk School in Olympia. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Guests and families are welcome.

This month’s presentation will be a skill share symposium, with various members presenting different skills. Join us!

Interested in becoming an Arbutus Folk School instructor?

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