A Special Message to our Ely Folk School community, near and far

Following the Governor’s recommendations, we have been closed to the public. Betty Firth, our Program Coordinator, has been working from home primarily, writing grants to fund new programs and support existing ones. We’ll keep in touch with you regarding plans to reopen.

We are developing ideas for how to stay connected in a meaningful way. Our priority is to continue to build opportunities for social interaction with you, adjusting our programming to accommodate “distance socializing.” To that end, we are exploring the options for online resources to help us learn and create together. We will update you regarding our progress and plans.

Is there something you’d like to learn to do from home? Do you think we should focus on kid-friendly activities? If you have ideas for how we can best serve your needs and interests, please contact us by email or call Betty at 218-235-0138 with your ideas and suggestions.

More Great News!

We’re happy to report we have received grant funds from the IRRR (Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation) 2019 Culture & Tourism grant which will fund a brand new ceramics program and expand our blacksmithing offerings. We will have pottery wheels and a slab rolling table to accommodate wheel-thrown and handbuilt pottery classes. The large kiln donated by Phil Leino will be upgraded with a computerized controller, enabling a wider range of firing techniques.  We have applied for additional grants to fund a stained glass program, so keep your fingers crossed. We have a lot to look forward to when we reopen our doors!

The Ely Folk School remains active and dedicated to our mission to build community through lifelong learning, and having some fun along the way! Please be in touch! We’d appreciate your questions and suggestions.

Meanwhile, we miss you, and hope you are finding ways to be well in these unprecedented times,

Ely Folk School Board

Paul Schurke, Chair
Chris Clemens
Tanner Ott
Johnnie Hyde
Lacey Squier
Betty Firth, Program Coordinator

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