Folk and Traditional Arts
ACHF Cultural Heritage
Through a youth camp and adult classes, qualified teachers will teach attendees about traditional Nordic art forms and their contextual history. Attendees will produce one to ten objects. We will survey them and their teachers about knowledge shared in the folk school tradition re: Scandinavian heritage and the processes for making handcrafts. 2: Southern Minnesota residents of all ages will gain closer access to classes about the Folk School philosophy and making traditional Nordic handcrafts. We will broadly advertise the camp and adult classes throughout Southern Minnesota to attract full enrollment. We will poll attendees about hometowns and change in knowledge about Nordic handcraft skills.
In a week-long youth camp and adult classes, attendees learned handwork skills and Nordic history from qualified teachers. They produced 1-10 objects. Online surveys were sent to all participants after the classes and camp ended. Surveys asked questions such as: Which class did you attend? Had you ever made Nordic handcrafts before? What was your favorite part of class? Will you continue to work on your carving skills on your own? For camp, we asked: Which handcraft did you enjoy learning most: spoon carving; weaving; birch bark weaving/basketry; Sami bracelet-making? Do you wish camp had been longer or shorter? 2: 110 people participated in a variety of hands-on classes, and seven youth attended the week-long Folk School Camp. Most came from the Southeast Minnesota region. Online surveys included a question about hometowns, so we could ascertain where attendees came from. Also, we sent an online survey that asked how they heard about the class, what they did and didn't like about the experience, and whether they will continue to take classes at the Saint Olaf Folk School. During the introduction portion of each class, students spoke openly about how they learned of the class, why they signed up, and what other types of programming would interest them.
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