ADIRONDACK FOLK SCHOOL

 

Grant Name: Forge Additions

Project Size: $75,000

Grant Amount: $15,00

Strategic value: The Adirondack Folk School teaches the arts, crafts and heritage of the Adirondacks, promoting creativity, self-reliance, sustainability and cultural preservation.  By enlarging and improving blacksmithing equipment at AFS, the project will help retain essential instructors for one of the school’s most successful programs—strengthening the school’s important role in the economic and cultural life of Lake Luzerne region of the Adirondacks.

This project is part of the school’s overall commitment to teaching and encouraging involvement in traditional and contemporary arts and artisan activities in the southern Adirondacks. The school is hub of cultural and community activity in that region.

 About AFS:  Adirondack Folk School is unique for its dedication to teaching the arts, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Adirondack region. Made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers, they offer non-competitive education focusing on the student.  instructors from around the country share their knowledge and skills, and inspire you with their enthusiasm. Year-round classes range from half-day sessions to multi-week courses. Subjects as diverse as Adirondack chair building, twig and rustic furniture, caning, paddle making, birch bark basketry, fly tying, weaving, connecting people with nature, organic gardening, fiber arts, soap making, boat building, ceramic arts, blacksmithing and more are offered. During these classes you will explore your creativity through hands-on learning. In addition to hands-on classes, Adirondack storytellers and musicians share the cultural heritage of the Adirondacks through demonstrations, special programs, and our fireside evening gatherings.