Your support will make a difference

A letter from our Board Chair

The Ely Folk School has a prominent place atop the hill in downtown Ely. You can help us continue to serve as a welcoming presence to tourists, established residents, and newcomers alike.

An investment in the Ely Folk School is an investment in lifelong learning in a world that’s proven there is an infinite amount to learn.

Donors have shared that they give for a variety of reasons, but a common theme is recognition that a donation to the Ely Folk School brings people together.

“The subject matter draws you in,
but the knowledgeable instructors and group environment keep you coming back.” 


Kids Makers Morning

KMM is a free, weekly creative space for youth with a mission to forge community and connection to place through craft and to offer opportunities to foster creative spirit through exploring new hands-on skills, materials, and hobbies. Volunteers and donations are needed for this program! Please reach out if you would like to donate your time during the program on Friday mornings.

Kids Makers Morning is seeking donations for the following items


The Ely Folk School is a valuable investment

Sponsors & Grants

Ely Folk School is a 501c(3) non-profit
Funded in part by grants from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund), the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, Minnesota State Arts Board, Operation Round Up through Lake Country Power, and local merchants, organizations, and individuals.