About Us

Arbutus Folk School offers classes and workshops in arts, culture, craft, and heritage.

The Arbutus Folk School mission is to enrich lives and build community through joyful, hands-on learning with master artisans.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Olympia, Washington. We are working to

  • Inspire lifelong learning in a supportive environment
  • Increase access to arts, culture, and heritage experiences for our community
  • Promote intergenerational and intercultural connections
  • Support a strong creative economy

Public support is critical for us to fulfill our mission and to continue expanding access to arts and culture for all.

Our Classes

Depending on the subject, our classes will vary in length, number of students and cost.  Some classes may be taught in a single session or some may meet several times a week for several months.

Arbutus Folk School is a vital heart of Pacific Northwest craft and community.

Our core program areas at this time are:

  • Woodworking
  • Fiber Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Blacksmithing
  • Music
  • Stone Carving
  • Folk & Traditional Arts

In addition to our core program areas, we periodically offer other classes such as batik, youth crafts, storytelling, and more.

Year in Review

Arbutus Folk School reopened in the spring of 2021 to provide our community with hands-on arts and cultural experiences that uplift, connect, and empower.

We offered 150 classes & workshops that engaged over 600 students in spoon carving, moccasin sewing, waffle weaving, stone carving, and more in 2021. Overwhelmingly, we heard this message from students in our classes: thank you.

When community members walk through our doors, they are entering a place where they can express their creativity, connect with others, and gain confidence in new skills. In spite of countless challenges due to Covid, we continue to expand our positive impact through the arts.

Click here to see highlights of the year at Arbutus Folk School.

In the Media

Member – Folk Education Association of America

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