Welcome to the Arbutus Folk School
Woodworking, blacksmithing, fiber arts, ceramics and music. Hand-made tools and musical instruments. Growing and preserving food and playing music. Seasonal festivals, dances and summer camps. Intergenerational learning, historic preservation and cultural exchanges. These activities describe the heart of the Arbutus Folk School (pronounced ar-BYOO-tus) located in Olympia, Washington.
The Arbutus Folk School brings together highly skilled teachers and artisans of crafts to offer rich, positive experiences that inspire lifelong learning. Students will be able to explore the richness of our unique cultural heritage through activities which have served Northwest communities from one generation to the next. Read about our Craft Philosophy here.
Upcoming classes and events will be communicated via our e-newsletter. To sign up, enter your email address in the box on the right. Classes currently scheduled will be listed on the “Current Offerings” page.
Our core program areas Wood Arts, Ceramic Arts, Metal Arts, Fiber Arts, Music and Living Arts. Over time, these program areas will each have dedicated facilities and deep program offerings to enrich even skilled crafters. We hope to expand our program areas over time.
For a little peek into Arbutus, click here to view a video of “Folk Music 101″ with Professor Banjo and several local young musicians performing at a recent music event.
The Arbutus Folk School is a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit. Registration fees pay for instructor’s time and contribute to shop space maintenance. However, all operational costs, equipment and tool replacement and services we require to operate are paid by individual contributors. Please consider becoming a monthly donor to helps us continue to offer these activities. We are currently 100% volunteer run, though we pay our instructors.
We proudly welcome students of any race, color, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin. Please contact us with questions or comments at: info “at” arbutusfolkschool “dot” org
>>Open Mic: Every month on the second Monday: Acoustic Open Mic (7-9pm)
>> Jack Dwyer and Sarah Jane Scouten concert Dec 20th, 7pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1550484411850413/ Tickets available on Arbutus class registration page.
>> Breaking Up Christmas Dance w/ Carl Jones and Erynn Marshall, Dec 28th, 6pm at the Prosperity Grange, 3701 Steamboat Loop NW, Olympia, WA 98502. Dance caller: Charmaine Slaven. https://www.facebook.com/events/525683010868033/ Tickets available on Arbutus class registration page.
>> Betse Ellis concert Jan 9th. Tickets available on Arbutus class registration page.