John C. Campbell is excited to announce plans for Olive's Porch, a new Folk School community gathering place in downtown Murphy. The location at 27 Peachtree Street will feature a large classroom, a retail shop showcasing the work of Appalachian artists, and a studio maker space for an artist in residence program. Olive's Porch workshops will feature Appalachian topics such as broom making, chair caning, basketry, woodcarving, quilting, knitting, spinning, weaving, music, and dance. Special exhibits, demonstrations, and events will also be held throughout the year.
Named after the school's co-founder Olive Dame Campbell, Olive's Porch will invite locals and visitors to learn about and participate in traditional Appalachian crafts, music, and dance. The idea for Olive's Porch originated from recent community listening sessions, where locals asked for enhanced community outreach and accessible program offerings for local youth and adults. In 2020, a generous grant was awarded to the Folk School in support of this project. We look forward to announcing the opening date later this summer. Stay tuned!