Celebrate our region's vibrant cultural heritage by attending a folk & traditional arts workshop at Arbutus Folk School. Supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization, these workshops are a chance to try your hand at something new while meeting and working with master artists and culture bearers of the Pacific Northwest.
Makah Tribal Style Cedar Bark Basket
Ages 18 and older
Takes place at Millersylvania State Park - Kitchen Shelter #1
In this two-day class hosted at Millersylvania State Park, you will weave a 4 to 5-inch cedar bark spiral basket with Melissa Peterson. Melissa Peterson is a Makah tribal member living on the Makah reservation and weaving Makah traditional & contemporary basket for 53 years. Melissa collects and processes all of the materials used in her basketry. She has been a cultural arts specialist for 40 years, teaching multiple generations, and shares her knowledge with non-tribal folks interested in Makah basketry as well. Class takes place in an open-air CCC shelter in Millersylvania State Park. Students should bring a small knife like a pocket knife, a pair of scissors, and a small basin for water. Course fee includes all other materials needed to complete the project.
This folk & traditional arts workshop is supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization, and presented in partnership with the Washington State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts Program.
Class fee waived for members of regional tribes. Please contact email@example.com to register and have your fee waived.
Kitchen Shelter 1 is the stone CCC building closest to the Flagpole parking lot. It has a large fireplace and big doors, and is open air with some windows which can be opened for further ventilation.
Please note that this class was originally scheduled for September 11th and 12th, 2021, but has been postponed to April 2nd and 3rd, 2022 due to Covid. The April class is already full but we encourage you to join the waitlist if interested in case Covid has greatly improved by the spring and we can expand the class size, or in case other students drop out.
Instructor: Melissa Peterson
Capacity Remaining: -11
Dates: 4/2/2022 - 4/3/2022
Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Days: Su Sa
Building: Millersylvania State Park
Room: Kitchen Shelter #1
All skill levels
Adults and Youth 12+
Learn and experience Latin American folklore and Canto Nuevo music with musicians Patricia Mazuela and Abel Rocha of Sin Fronteras. All skills levels and musical talents are welcome!
This is a 2-part workshop happening on Oct 26th and Nov 2nd from 6:30-8pm. Meet in the Olympia Family Theater next door to Arbutus Folk School. We will be using spaces at both Arbutus Folk School and the Olympia Family Theater.
In this workshop, students will learn guitar, jarana, percussion, and vocals for 2-4 songs from the nueva canción movement of Latin America. All other instruments are welcome to participate in adaptation to the genre. Please bring along your instrument of choice.
Firstly a general introduction will be made to the genre, history, the political movement, and lyricism. This will be followed by the technical elements of instrumentation, song structure, fundamentals and a bit of theory. Finally, all of this will be incorporated into training for live performance.
Sin Fronteras will perform live at Arbutus Folk School on November 13th at 7pm. A few students will be selected from the workshop to perform with the band during the concert! Students selected to perform may need to bring their own sound equipment. Concert tickets are available for purchase at https://arbutusfolkschool.org/sin-fronteras-concert-november-13th-2021/.
Read more about Sin Fronteras at https://www.sinfronteraseattle.com/. This folk & traditional arts workshop is supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization.
Due to the increased risk of Covid transmission in settings involving singing, we are asking that all participants be fully vaccinated before attending and wear masks at all times while present in the class.
Instructor: Patricia Manzuela, Abel Rocha
Capacity Remaining: 3
Dates: 10/26/2021 - 11/2/2021
Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Front Classroom
Message phone: (360) 350-0187
120 State Avenue NE, #298
Olympia, WA 98501
Facility Physical Address (no mail please):
610 4th Ave E.
Olympia, WA 98501
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