A love of folk art and a concern for the quickly disappearing skills of past generations prompted a group of friends to begin a journey. Their quest: to build a folk art school in Illinois.
Research began at home, and eventually led the trio to tour several internationally-known schools: Sawtooth in Winston-Salem, Penland in Asheville, NC, John C. Campbell in Brasstown, NC, and Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN. Visiting these schools, speaking with their administrators, and sharing meals with their instructors and students affirmed the idea that creating a folk art school in the Midwest is a viable and needed project.
When the trio returned home, a basic plan was presented to the SLG Cohen Foundation executive board. The board is every bit as excited about the idea as the three friends are, and have generously offered to allow the school to be built within Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe, Illinois.
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