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John C. Campbell Folk School

Creative Catalyst Fellowship

creative catalyst FELLOWSHIP in Marketing & Programming
John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, N.C.
Application Deadline
April 17, 2020
fellowship duration
Six-month fellowship,
beginning June 2020 (tentative)
20-25 hours/week


The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. seeks a Creative Catalyst Fellow in Marketing and Programming to coordinate foundational research in support of an initiative that aims to promote and preserve traditional Appalachian craft, music and dance. This part-time position will be at approximately six months in length, beginning in June 2020, and will require 20-25 hours per week of dedicated work by the Fellow. This fellowship position is offered in partnership with the Creative Catalyst Program of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, with additional support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

About John C. Campbell Folk School 

For 95 years, the Folk School has transformed lives and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. The School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies photography and writing. All students and visitors are encouraged to become a part of the community through all-school activities such as concerts, dances, presentations and meals.

For more information about the school, visit www.folkschool.org.

About Creative Catalyst Fellowships

Creative Catalyst Fellowships advance artist leadership through skill-building, mentoring, and community of practice; strengthen creative community networks to better address regional gaps; foster systemic approaches to increase access, inclusion and equity; and embrace participation and exchange across the creative sector. These highly competitive, paid fellowships will support the next generation of artist leaders. Creative Catalyst Fellows will gain access to year-long educational and community building opportunities, including an online certificate program, mentoring and networking, as well as participation in the annual Artivate Summit in Winston-Salem, NC on September 13-15, 2020.

All registration and travel expenses for the Certificate and Artivate are covered in the fellowship and are at no additional cost to the Fellow.

Job Description

The Creative Catalyst Fellow in Marketing and Programming will work closely with and be mentored by the School’s creative team to evaluate existing programs, contribute to a community needs assessment, define target audiences for new programs, determine strategies to successfully appeal to new demographics, and identify potential partner organizations. Through a combination of research and outreach, including surveys and polling, the selected Fellow will produce valuable reports that will help inform decisions made by both the Marketing and Programming Departments in the development of community engagement programs.

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