Arbutus Folk School
I love what Arbutus is providing for our community – hands-on arts experiences, time and space for all to create, jobs and professional development for artists, and so much more. I love the ways we have grown since our founding – adding new programs, serving new audiences, collaborating with others. We are poised to make a major impact for our community in the coming years as public support gives us room to expand and innovate. Your contribution to the Founder’s Fund will secure this bright future: more art, more artists, and more community members in our classes and studios!
“Arbutus Folk School, a 501c3 non-profit founded by Stacey Waterman-Hoey in 2014, is one of those entities that feels as if it should always have been here in our community. Arbutus has brought together beginning and expert art/craft folks to build creative communities and has given each the room to learn and share their skills and refine their creative expression.
But at six years of age, Arbutus is still a youngster of an arts organization. It needs our support now to maintain its events and programming during the fluctuations of “normal” years and, as the pandemic has illustrated, sustain its operations and outreach even through times like these when people turn to working with their hands to ease the stress in their lives. Arbutus is also interested in growing, expanding into additional craft traditions and reaching more members of the community.
Please join me in donating to Arbutus’ Founder’s Fund. Our generous donations will build a reserve to sustain and grow this important community resource.”
“Arbutus Folk School has become a well known and highly regarded institution in the greater Olympia area. Stacey Waterman-Hoey was the dreamer and founder of Arbutus. She and several highly dedicated staff members and volunteers put forth the energy that created this wonderful school in Olympia.
For six years she dreamt, planned, organized and managed the growth of Arbutus. Now that she has moved on, and our wonderful executive director, Hillary Tully has taken the reins, we seek your support to ensure our stability moving forward.”