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A BIT ABOUT US

The Folk Art Adventure

Mississippi School of Folk Arts is the realization of a dream of Sarah Freeman and Carolyn Weir, two artists living in Natchez, Mississippi.  They had for years discussed the idea of opening a school, a pie in the sky kind of dream that seemed unreachable.  Together, they own Crafted Gallery and Art Supply where they were running classes and workshops as well as providing a sales venue for Natchez, Mississippi area artists.  Fast forward to a few conversations with local artists and the reality was they were not that far away from the dream of a school, they were just looking at things too close up to see they were headed in that direction already.  The decision was made to form Mississippi School of Folk Arts.  Mississippi School of Folk Arts is a 501(c)3 organization run by a volunteer Board who look forward to the future of folk arts in Natchez, Mississippi.

 

MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL OF FOLK ARTS WELCOMES YOU

What is a Folk School?

Art is everywhere you look.  From the beauty of a turned railing on a porch to an old master oil painting, we're surrounded by beautiful things.  Mississippi School of Folk Arts encourages people to take a closer look at those beautiful things around us and think a bit about how they were made.  We encourage curiosity.

Located in beautiful downtown Natchez, MSFA has two main classrooms located in a wonderfully light filled space at 209 Franklin Street.  This location also houses the pottery studios of Conner Burns and Crafted Gallery and Art Supply.  It is a location fueled by creativity.

MSFA also provides artist studios for rent.  These are located at 101 Clifton Ave, in a converted educational building which houses an architectural firm and Natchez Pottery, a local co-op of potters housed in both private and community studios. 

Classes are held for several hours for those visiting Natchez or the local residents who would like to come in for a short creative evening up to several days for those who wish to immerse themselves in a new skill.  Courses are offered in painting, textiles, pottery, dyeing, jewelry, woodworking, basketry and more.  Our hope is that you leave Natchez with a renewed sense of excitement for those little bits of beauty around you. 

 

HOW TO FIND US

209 Franklin Street
Natchez, Mississippi

Mississippi School of Folk Arts is located in beautiful downtown Natchez, Mississippi.  We are located across the street from the Natchez Convention Center and next door to the Natchez Community Center.  Just a block from the beautiful bluff above the Mississippi River, some of the most beautiful views from along the river can be seen from just a short walk down the crepe myrtle lined streets.  Most downtown restaurants are an easy walk from our campus.  Franklin Street and Main Street offer many interesting shopping options for those interested in taking a look around our little town while here.


Natchez is located in southwest Mississippi, along the Mississippi River.  Approximately 3 hours from New Orleans, Louisiana, 2 hours from Jackson and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and 1.5 hours from both Alexandria and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Tucked away in one of the most beautiful corners of the state, Natchez is a wonderfully historic city surrounded by natural and historical places to see on your trip here.

If you are flying in to one of the regional airports and choose not to rent a car, we recommend Downtown Karla Brown for her shuttle services.  She also offers wonderful tours of the area for those extending their stay or traveling with others who won't be taking a course.  We are walking distance from several B&B options and Natchez Grand Hotel is across the street.

 

CONTACT & ADDRESS INFORMATION

209 Franklin St., Natchez, MS 39120

Mississippi School of Folk Arts is located in beautiful downtown Natchez, Mississippi.  We are located across the street from the Natchez Convention Center and next door to the Natchez Community Center.  Just a block from the beautiful bluff above the Mississippi River, some of the most beautiful views from along the river can be seen from just a short walk down the crepe myrtle lined streets.  Most downtown restaurants are an easy walk from our campus.  Franklin Street and Main Street offer many interesting shopping options for those interested in taking a look around our little town while here.


Natchez is located in southwest Mississippi, along the Mississippi River.  Approximately 3 hours from New Orleans, Louisiana, 2 hours from Jackson and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and 1.5 hours from both Alexandria and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Tucked away in one of the most beautiful corners of the state, Natchez is a wonderfully historic city surrounded by natural and historical places to see on your trip here.

If you are flying in to one of the regional airports and choose not to rent a car, we recommend Downtown Karla Brown for her shuttle services.  She also offers wonderful tours of the area for those extending their stay or traveling with others who won't be taking a course.  We are walking distance from several B&B options and Natchez Grand Hotel is across the street.

601-493-4242

 

Mississippi School of Folk Arts

209 Franklin St.

Natchez, MS 39120

Please send mail to:

P.O. Box 696

Natchez, MS 39121

 
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MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL OF FOLK ARTS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MSFA Volunteer Board Members 2019

SARAH FREEMAN

Board President

Founding Board member Sarah Freeman is an artist living and working in Natchez, Mississippi.  A founder of MSFA, she is active in promoting the school through various activities.  Ms. Freeman believes the future of Mississippi is with the arts and hopes to bring her love of creating to Mississippi through MSFA.  She is a painter, printmaker, and a textile artist.

PAUL D. SULLIVAN

Board Secretary

Paul D. Sullivan is a lawyer licensed in Mississippi and Florida, living in Natchez, Mississippi.  A Founding Board member, Mr. Sullivan promotes the arts through his support, giving his time and energy to MSFA events to make them a success.  He is also a postcard artist, creating mail art out of recycled materials which is mailed all over the world.

CAROLYN WEIR

Board Treasurer

Carolyn Weir is a mobile maker and artist living in Natchez, Mississippi.  A founding Board member and founder of MSFA, she is committed to making Natchez an arts destination through her commitment to working with artists in the region.  Mrs. Weir also works in acrylics and watercolor, creating landscapes and abstract paintings.