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.