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Lifteed by the Heart, Journal of the Folk Education Association of America

Folk School Alliance

Monthly News | Fall 2014

The Folk School Alliance (FSA), supports North American folk school initiatives by providing space for established and emerging folk schools to connect, share processes and practices, and learn about the growing folk school movement. For the next few months, we will be sharing monthly newsletters which feature folk schools in North America that have exciting news to share! We are currently looking for news stories to feature in our newsletters. Please email us at if you have questions, would like to be involved, have news to share, or would like to feature your organization!

In this issue:

Who Are We?

The Folk School Alliance (FSA) is a group of educators who are collaborating to reactivate a national network of support for new and existing North American folk school initiatives. Initially, we are creating an online communication and resource hub which we hope will eventually include most folk schools and other similar community-based learning centers in the United States. The Folk School Alliance will provide a space for established and emerging folk schools to connect, share processes and best practices, highlight programs and events, and to learn about the growing folk school movement.

At present we offer online listings of folk school organizations, and a quarterly newsletter. Eventually, we will offer such services as a best-practices catalogue, a “how-to” guide, and consultants for those wishing to set up a new folk school. The Folk School Alliance is organized under the umbrella of the Folk Education Association of America (FEAA) which was founded in 1976. FEAA is connected to the international folk education movement through the Association for World Education - International (AWE), based in Denmark, with roots in the Danish folk high school movement.

Folk School Roots

"One day through the great land of free America ten thousand folk schools will rise. They will be filled to capacity by young people in whose hearts only one issue is the burning one: how to live a personal life so fervently and intensely that the specter of death shall be overcome by harbingers of life - a communal life so implicitly generative, that not a single soul shall be forgotten when the table is set ..." 
~ C.P Hojbjerg
Headmaster of Nysted Folk School in Nebraska (opened in 1887)

folk school feature:


Driftless Folk School

After 8 years, Driftless Folk School in south western Wisconsin finally breaks ground on the site of the school's first campus. Driftless Folk School aims to support healthy, sustainable communities and personal development by providing creative and meaningful educational opportunities and inspiring lifelong learning for individuals and families. Over the next several years, Driftless Folk School will continue breaking ground on their new tract of land in La Farge, Wisconsin. Read below to learn more about what they are up to!
The Driftless Folk School has recently been busy plotting and dreaming, laying the seeds for future growth and future flourishing.  For, as the Folk School completes its 8th year, we now have actual fields and forests to conjure with, in the form of 120 acres of rich and scenic land located on Bear Creek, in the very heart of the Driftless Region of south western Wisconsin. The property is traversed by a classic small trout stream and includes extensive south facing hillsides, a couple of small coulees, and land for gardening, grazing, and several building sites. Read more here!

“We came to the land to create and over time the land and nature has created us.”
~Ken and Michelle Workowski
Nature of Things

Folk School Connections

Check out our website listing of folk school organizations in the US! We are hoping to expand our listing to include as many folk schools as possible! If you would like to be a part of our growing listing please email us at!

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