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What a year …
As the end of the year approaches, we reflect that 2020 has been nothing short of tiring and worrisome for all of us. The Folkmoot Board had to make some very hard decisions for the long term well- being and viability of Folkmoot.
Folkmoot had to pull back from event planning last spring and canceled the Folkmoot Festival last July because of the pandemic. It was emotionally and financially devastating. Unfortunately, with decisions of reduced hours and cutbacks, former Executive Director Angie Schwab resigned to begin a new business. We wish Angie well and much success in her new endeavor and appreciate that she has maintained her leadership as the President of CIOFF-USA – the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (http://www.cioff.org/) with the gracious support of Board Emeritus Rolf Kaufman.
As we begin 2021, however, we are excited about Folkmoot’s future. We are pleased to introduce Glenn Fields as our new Executive Director. Glenn comes to us by way of Southwest Louisiana where, for the past 20 years, he has been a professional musician and festival director. Says Glenn: “I can’t wait to share my love for music and dance and to help Folkmoot continue to fulfill its mission and spread joy and understanding through the art of movement and sound from around the world!”
In other good news, the financial infusion from donors last year and the SOAR Academy has improved the Folkmoot Center dormitories for future summer guests and festivals. Check out their video for a tour of the Center at soarnc.org. We’ve taken this pause to address some of the ongoing maintenance needs in the building and updated Folkmoot’s accounting and administrative records. We would like to especially thank interim manager Mike McLean for his guidance and wisdom during the year.
Mark your calendars for July 22-25, 2021 for a shortened and outdoor-oriented festival. We look forward to working with CIOFF, Eastern Band of the Cherokee, Lake Junaluska Assembly and other partners in the coming year to produce this festival and other events. We look forward to celebrating dance, music, storytelling and cultural exchange at the Folkmoot Center!
We have never been able to have Folkmoot without you. Without your support there are no musicians, dancers or costumes. Plainly said, no Folkmoot. You have been the support that has brought the world to western North Carolina for these 37 years. We need your help and support more than ever. The careful moves by the board hopefully positioned Folkmoot to serve the community for years to come. To help us begin 2021, we would appreciate any contribution you can make. Please join us in supporting Folkmoot as we plan the festival for 2021!
Glenn Fields, Executive Director
828-452-2997, ext. 100
Elizabeth Teague, Board President
Campaign for Historic Hazelwood School
The nearly 100-year-old Hazelwood School is entering a new era — one with the dream of revitalizing the community in a way that rebuilds a community hub that was the hallmark of the long-closed school. Under a new vision, the school will become a year-around resource for arts and cultural engagement, education, creative entrepreneurship and community development.
At Folkmoot, we envision a community that welcomes diversity, celebrates cultural arts, embraces creativity and participates wholeheartedly in the activities that connect us.
Several years ago, our board began discussing ways to make the organization into far more than an effort that brought a once-a-year festival to the county. The vision was to organize music and cultural programs throughout the year and have our large building be more than just the focal point of our summer international festival.
The vision has taken shape and now: programs and events are held weekly at the center, and space is rented out to efforts that complement the mission. A boarding school rents part of the space for 10 months of the year.
But to push through to our vision of full, year-around occupancy, critical infrastructure needs must be met.
Those who support the fundraising campaign will be helping launch more festivals, music, arts and cultural events to help make Haywood County a rich place to live, work and raise a family. Donors will not only be rewarded by helping promote Hazelwood and preserve its history, but will be recognized for their contribution in a variety of ways.
All contributions will be acknowledged broadly in local media (unless you request otherwise).
Donors giving $1,000 or more will receive six tickets to Folkmoot’s year-round events.
Donors will be contacted by Folkmoot staff to arrange ticketing.
Donors giving more than $2,500 (in any phase of the campaign) will be recognized in Folkmoot’s new donor wall in the lobby of the historic Hazelwood School.
Donors providing $5,000 will be recognized with dedicated benches and landscaping outside of the center, while those contributing over $10,000 will have a classroom dedicated in their name.
Individuals contributing $25,000 — $100,000 (in any phase of the campaign) will have an opportunity to sponsor a portion of the building.