Folk School of St. Louis Expands

The School’s move to the new, custom built space at 3155 Sutton Avenue is scheduled to take place January 1, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Folk School of St. Louis is expanding and moving to a new location in the up-and-coming Arts District of Maplewood, Mo. The Folk School is a not-for-profit music school whose mission is to build community by providing educational programs that promote the learning, teaching, renewal, and perpetuation of traditional music and folk arts.

The space will be double the size of the current Folk School space, will be fully accessible and ADA-compliant and will feature the following:

  • First floor storefront space
  • Custom interior designed and built specifically for Folk School
  • 4 classrooms plus a private lesson room
  • Spacious lobby
  • Large space for workshops, jam sessions, concerts, and other special events
  • Library & listening station
  • 41-space parking lot plus street parking
  • A Kitchenette for use during fund raisers and special events

The move will also bring the Folk School into the up-and-coming arts district growing along Sutton Avenue in Maplewood along with the Focal Point, Black Cat Theatre and others.

The Folk School of St. Louis, a cultural and educational resource unlike any other in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, is a not-for-profit music school whose mission is to build community by providing educational programs that promote the learning, teaching, renewal, and perpetuation of traditional music and folk arts. The school currently offers weekly group classes for all ages and skill levels in bluegrass, old-time, blues, and other folk styles, focusing on traditional instruments such as fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. The Folk School also offers individual lessons and hosts workshops and regular Saturday jam sessions where students can play with and learn from other local students and musicians.

Along with the move, the School is making a special appeal to the community for financial support to help defray the expenses of moving and furnishing the new space. For example, a $20 donation can buy a gallon of paint; $35 can buy a new classroom chair; $200 can go toward a refrigerator; $500 can buy furniture and rugs for the listening stations. All donations are tax deductible and can be made at the Folk School of St. Louis’ website.

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