Kids Makers Morning 2023

Written by Alexia Springer, Program Coordinator Program 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. Program Goals The second year of Kids Makers Morning (KMM) wrapped up a few weeks ago and the Ely Folk School is […]

August Newsletter

Photo by Chris Ellerbroek Summer Traditions Rusty crayfish are a well-known menace in our Northern Minnesota lakes. But did you know that crayfish are so valued and tasty in Sweden, that the country has a designated hunting season for the crustaceans? Enter the Kraftskiva. To celebrate the beloved crayfish season, a crayfish party emerged across […]

July Newsletter

*View this email in your browser Happy July! We had a busy past month of making baskets, chairs, dresses, root beer, music, tent stakes, wooden spoons, jewelry, rock pigments, and more. We learned about making our arts practices more eco-friendly; we hosted Ely City Council Members for a discussion regarding housing in Ely; we gathered […]

Eco-Friendly Arts Practices

Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of your arts practice? Often, not many of us do. In this video, instructors Nancy O’Brien and Joan Schopp Hunn discuss accessible ways to think about sustainability in painting and offer both free and paid options to upgrade your acrylics practice. Topics discussed include how to choose […]

Private Classes

The following classes are available to be scheduled privately, for your family or small group. Contact to schedule a class! ArtsGelli Plate PrintingPainting with FlowersSpoon CarvingBead Embroidered BraceletNature Switch PlatePainting Watercolor Notecards Culinary ArtsTraditional Cornish PastiesBlueberry Hand PiesSavory Pastries: Jamaican Beef Patties Dorothy MolterRoot Beer: History You Can Taste Fiber ArtsFabric Collage Hanging Outdoor Skills and […]

The Piano of Josephine Shepel Luthanen is teaching Ely’s Youth Once Again

If you were out and about Ely on Thursday, April 27, you may have seen a piano making its way across Harvey Street. What’s the story on this piano you ask? It’s a significant piece of Ely’s musical heritage and continues to inspire musicians and vocalists to this day. Why is this piano important? Where did […]

April Newsletter

Traditionally, April is known as Iskigamizige-giizis (boiling sap moon). For over 800 years the ininaatigoog (sugar maple trees) of this region have been tapped by the Anishinaabeg people in order to produce sugar. This Saturday, you can learn about iskigamizigan (the sap boiling process) and enjoy a traditional feast made by instructor Ryan Bajan.  Following the lead […]

2022-23 Community Dances

Between September 2022 and March 2023, we hosted four Community Dances at the Ely Senior Center, bringing Ely together in dance and reminding ourselves that fine arts don’t have to be intimidating. We had so much fun dancing with you all that we want to commemorate it here.  The Dances:  What does an Ely Folk […]

Join our team!

The Ely Folk School is hiring Do you feel strongly about handcraft? Do you want to learnskills that enhance your life and well-being? Do you want toconnect with Ely’s community about folk schooling? Join our team! Ely Folk School Mercantile Manager Job Description Job Summary: The Ely Folk School Mercantile Manager works in the Ely […]