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COVID-19 Update 2/23/2022

The Folk School requires that students ages 5 and older show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in indoor, in-person classes.

Masks are also required for all individuals during all indoor and outdoor classes, as well as indoor and outdoor events. Masks must fit securely, and cover both nose and mouth.

We appreciate your assistance in creating a safe environment for everyone who attends our classes and events.

For earlier updates, please see our Blog page. And please: remember your mask!

Edith Rohde Makes a Generous Donation of Land and Cabins to TFS!

The Folk School is pleased to announce the receipt of two cabins and surrounding land off of Gold Hill Road. These cabins once belonged to local conductor Gordon Wright and are the generous donation of Edith Rohde, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the news with you.
 
These cabins and the surrounding land will allow us to host some of our natural materials and outdoor-themed programming in a convenient location in a local spruce forest, as well as provide housing for visiting instructors and artists in residence.
 
If you are interested in helping with cabin maintenance, improvements to the facilities or access, or want to get involved in helping us design programming that takes advantage of this space, please contact Kerri Hamos, Programs Director, at kerri@folk.school to volunteer or to join our Cabins Committee.
 
 
 

2022 Program Coordinator Job Posting

Program Coordinator Job Description

The Folk School in Fairbanks is looking for a Program Coordinator to work closely with the Program Director to provide support for classes and events at The Folk School. 

Responsibilities:

  • assist with in-person and remote classes and events as needed to ensure they run smoothly
  • offer short course programs directed toward both kids and adults, in person and possibly online
  • marketing of year-round classes and programs
  • assist The Folk School in adapting to the changing environment, by providing digital content for social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom classes, including tutorials and promotional videos
  • provide information about The Folk School to visitors and locals at both our Pioneer Park cabin and during local events, such as farmers and art markets
  • Assists in managing specific programs such as Community Workshop and the Community Printmaking Studio

This is a multi-faceted position, and we will take into account the skills and experience of the successful candidate when determining day to day activities.

Requirements:

  • experience in photography and/or videography; editing
  • experience with social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, and YouTube
  • must complete a background check
  • candidates should be able lift 35 pounds, navigate stairs with ease, and have the ability/desire to work outside during both Pioneer Park events and seasonal outdoor classes
  • flexible schedule that may include evenings and weekends
  • desire to promote hands-on learning to the community and visitors
  • a background in arts and/or crafts is a bonus

Compensation/Hours:

15-20 hours per week, with schedule and hours varying. 

$18 per hour, plus opportunity to participate in Folk School classes and events.

Please check out our full range of courses and programs at https://folk.school.

Send a letter of interest and resume highlighting relevant experience to Kerri Hamos at kerri@folk.school.

Application review will begin March 7th, 2022.

Newsletter from Liane Budden – Traveling Artist to Cruikshank School in Beaver

The Folk School had a unique opportunity to work with the Yukon Flats School District to provide a visiting artist at the Cruikshank School in Beaver during the first week of December. Instructor Liane Budden went to Beaver to share with students her love of dioramas as a way of story telling. Liane was able to stay in Beaver for a week, and make winter camp dioramas with students of all ages at the school. 
 
We hope to grow this partnership with the school district, and welcome inquiries about future instruction at any one of their six schools. If you have interest in this opportunity or questions, please contact Kerri Hamos, Programs Director, at kerri@folk.school.
 
Below you will find a newsletter that Liane wrote to document her trip:
 
 
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COVID-19 Update, 8/12/2021

Update 9/25/2021: We always work with instructors to create an environment where they feel comfortable and safe teaching. So sometimes our requirements for individual classes are different than general requirements that apply to all classes. In particular, some instructors are requesting that we only allow students who are fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. These special requirements will be spelled out in the class description, so please be sure to read those carefully.


Please come to class prepared to wear a mask.

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, The Folk School will now require masks for all individuals during both indoor and outdoor* classes. Masks must fit securely, and cover both nose and mouth.

*When adequate social distancing is possible in outdoor settings, folks who are fully vaccinated have the option of removing their mask (for outdoor classes only). 

We appreciate your assistance in creating a safe environment for everyone who attends our classes.

For earlier updates, please see our Blog page. And please: remember your mask!

 

2021 Summer Program Assistant Job Posting

The Folk School in Fairbanks is looking for a summer program assistant for Summer 2021. The person in this position will provide support for summer programs at The Folk School, and could include:

  • management of our small retail shop 
  • providing information about The Folk School to visitors and locals throughout the summer, at both our Pioneer Park cabin and during local events, such as farmers and art markets
  • offering short course programs directed toward both kids and adults, in person and possibly online
  • marketing of both summer and year-round classes and programs
  • assist The Folk School in adapting to the changing environment, by providing digital content for social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom classes, including tutorials and promotional videos

 This is a multi-faceted position, and we will take into account the skills and experience of the successful candidate when determining day to day activities. Given the current social circumstances, tasks for this position may change as the summer progresses.

Requirements:

  • ideally, the candidate would have a background in arts and/or crafts, and have a desire to promote hands-on learning to the community and visitors.
  • experience in photography and/or videography; editing
  • demonstrate experience with social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, and YouTube
  • must complete a background check
  • candidates should be able lift 35 pounds, and have the ability/desire to work outside during both Pioneer Park events and outdoor classes.
  • flexible schedule that may include some evenings and weekends

Compensation/Hours:

20-30 hours per week, with schedule and hours varying. The position will be from mid-to-late May, to early September after Labor Day.

$15 per hour, plus opportunity to participate in Folk School classes and events.

Please check out our full range of courses and programs at https://folk.school.

Send a letter of interest and resume highlighting relevant experience by May 1, 2021, to Allison Wylde at allison@folk.school.

COVID-19 Update, 1/21/2021

The Folk School is continuing to work hard to offer our classes in safe ways, which during the winter mostly means online, with some variations depending on the class. For example, for one class we briefly reviewed the needed tools with students when they came in to pick up their materials kit.

We deeply appreciate the innovation of our instructors and the willingness of students to be part of an experiment. As a result, we’ve been having some great classes, based on the student evaluations they get.

As spring approaches, we plan to do outdoors, in-person, small-sized classes whenever we can, using some outdoor heaters as needed. We’re continuing to develop other ways to engage people who want to continue to learn interesting things, including:

  • Innovative online courses, some with kits and other prepared materials so you can work along with the instructor. (If you have any ideas about how to make online classes more engaging, we’d love to hear from you!)
  • Kits that you can buy and create on your own, sometimes with accompanying instructional videos.
  • In-person classes, if we can do them in well-ventilated spaces that allow social distancing and other pandemic best practices. This may include outdoors classes that explore the world of Interior Alaska, such as Snow Sculpture for Amateurs. And sometimes we can make a hybrid class–partly online or video, partly in-person–work.
  • More products in our online store, many created by our very creative and talented instructors, as well as other artists of various kinds in Fairbanks.

We are deeply grateful for the financial support of our wonderful community during these difficult times. It’s because of you that we can keep operating. Thank you! We are also pursuing grants for both operations and programs that will help us keep pursuing our mission: to perpetuate the joy of hands-on learning.

For earlier updates, please see our Blog page. And please: remember your mask!

Power is Out at Pioneer Park

If you tried to call The Folk School any time since Thursday morning, 9/3/2020, the phone just rang and rang. That’s because the power is out at Pioneer Park, and will be well into next week. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience, but in the meantime please email us at info@folk.school instead of calling. 

The News-Miner has an article about it in today’s paper: Electrical problem shortens Pioneer Park’s concessionaire season. The article is behind a paywall, but here’s the crux: “Underground electrical lines in the parking lot between the Frontage Road and the Salmon Bake appear to be the source of the problem… The borough is hiring a contractor to evaluate and make repairs….” And the work won’t be done until well into the week, if not after.

Please note that The Folk School is not a seasonal concessionaire as mentioned in the article. We’re open and operating in the park year-round.

COVID-19 Update, 8/23/2020

The Folk School is continuing to work to expand our offerings in the reality of the ongoing pandemic. Our schedule lately has been much lighter than our usual summer, but we’re encouraged by the enthusiasm that the community has shown for our online, video-based, and socially distanced outdoors classes. Thank you!

Our fall schedule is starting to come together. We’ll do outdoors, in-person, small-sized classes as long as weather permits, and are looking at some outdoor heating options to extend that a little. We’re continuing to develop other ways to engage people who want to continue to learn interesting things, including:

  • Innovative online courses, some with kits and other prepared materials so you can work along with the instructor. (If you have any ideas about how to make online classes more engaging, we’d love to hear from you!)
  • Kits that you can buy and create on your own, sometimes with accompanying instructional videos.
  • In-person classes through the winter, if we can do them in well-ventilated spaces that allow social distancing and other pandemic best practices. This may include outdoors classes that explore the winter world of Interior Alaska.
  • More products in our online store, many created by our very creative and talented instructors, as well as other artists of various kinds in Fairbanks.

We are deeply grateful for the financial support of our wonderful community during these difficult times. It’s because of you that we can keep operating. Thank you! We are also pursuing grants for both operations and programs that will help us keep pursuing our mission: to perpetuate the joy of hands-on learning.

For earlier updates, please see our Blog page.

COVID-19 Update, 5/31/2020

The Folk School is moving cautiously forward in our class offerings. Pioneer Park has re-opened buildings, which allows us to utilize our facilities there. We are currently offering a number of classes that are open to small numbers of students and take place in an outdoor setting.

Students, instructors and staff are being required to wear face masks for the duration of their time at The Folk School in an effort to protect our community as best we can. Cloth masks are available for purchase, and we are also offering hand sanitizer and hand washing stations at both buildings. Our in-person classes will be structured to accommodate social distancing whenever possible.

We continue to offer online classes as well, so be sure to check our calendar for the most recent schedule. Whether in the garden, the workshop, in your home, or outdoors, we hope you keep the spirit of The Folk School alive, and continue to enrich your life through creative pursuits, even during this time of social distancing!