The Heart of Folkmoot

Spring is here and we are excited for the diverse programs and cultural development at the Folkmoot Friendship Center!

“Our vision is to repurpose the historic Hazelwood School, the “Folkmoot Friendship Center” into a multi-stakeholder, year-round resource for arts and cultural engagement, educational enrichment, creative entrepreneurship and community development. We envision a community that welcomes diversity, celebrates multiculturalism, embraces creativity and participates wholeheartedly in the activities that connect us.”

The Folkmoot 2022 Summerfest is planned for (July 28-31), and there is always plenty to do and never enough volunteers. If you, or someone you know, wishes to be part of this or other events as a volunteer, Sign Up Here to Volunteer. Folkmoot would not exist without the volunteers’ dedication and support.

Folkmoot USA Appoints New Executive Director

Folkmoot USA, welcomes Evan Hatch as the new Executive Director to lead the non-profit organization that embraces diverse cultures through music and dance.

Folkmoot’s Board of Directors believe Evan will succeed in this role because of his advanced experience with over 17 years as a folklorist, advocating for the power and dynamics of vernacular art, producing folklore events, and conducting fieldwork interviews.

Elizabeth Teague, Folkmoot Board President, says “Evan certainly brings a wealth of experience to Folkmoot. The Board was most excited, however, by his enthusiasm and genuine passion for the folk arts. He understood right away the Board’s vision and Folkmoot’s organizational potential to serve western North Carolina.”

Evan is also the founder of the Narrate Project, an oral history consulting group. Evan holds a BA in American Studies from UNC–Chapel Hill and an MA in Southern Studies from Ole Miss. He’s a member of the national Oral History Association and an alum of UNC’s Launch Chapel Hill small business accelerator. Evan also produced a Grammy-winning CD of historically collected songs and gospel artists. In his spare time, he loves cooking, camping, reading, films, and documentary photography.

“I feel like the luckiest person in the world,” said Hatch of his new position. “I get to live and work in the most beautiful town in the Smoky Mountains. I get to serve under a visionary Board of Directors. I get to lead a storied and respected folk arts organization in its mission to serve every member of our community and to help sustain a creative, arts-based econom

Folkmoot Arts & Crafts

Folkmoot welcomes Spring with classes for the community to celebrate arts and culture. Waynesville belly dance class is taught by Meaghan Lynne inside the Queen Auditorium at the Folkmoot Friendship Center. Waynesville belly dance is a collective of dancers promoting health, fitness, creativity, self-expression, community, and friendship. Sarah Senter, of Clyde, is a student in Meaghan’s dance classes, “I look forward to her classes every week. It is empowering learning a new style of dance and Meaghan is an amazing instructor,” said Sarah. To find out more contact Meaghan Lynne at waynesvillebellydance@gmail.com.

Workshops for local artists, like John Nelson, owner of Viking Stained Glass, allows the creative space to work on his projects. John has been creating awe-inspiring stained glass designs for over 30 years. “I fell in love with how light brings the glass alive. Direct sunlight and muted sunlight or no sunlight change the feel of the window. All the different textures, colors and designs in a window result in a window which captures the intent of the artisan,” said Nelson. Contact John for expert glass repairs, custom leaded glass windows, and installation projects, at vikingstainedglass@gmail.com.

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Meaghan Lynne's, Waynesville Belly Dance Class
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John Nelson, Viking Stained Glass