The Folk Art Adventure
How we became an art school
In 2018, several Natchez craftsmen began to discuss the possibility of a folk school to teach traditional crafts and to continue and expand upon the courses in fine arts already being offered in Natchez. The result of these conversations is Mississippi School of Folk Arts. Mississippi School of Folk Arts is a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to the finest instruction in both fine arts and traditional crafts. Focusing on regional artists, working with Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Artist Guilds, and other regional art organizations, as well as The National Endowment for the Arts, MSFA strives to bring the best artist instructors to their studios to enhance the lives of those coming to Natchez to learn something new or hone their craft.
The arts in Mississippi are found in every corner of the state, MSFA is located in beautiful Natchez, Mississippi, a gem on the Mississippi River overlooking Louisiana. Natchez has plenty to offer beyond the growing art community, it is steeped in history, rich with beautiful architecture, offering local shopping and dining for visitors. When taking advantage of the opportunity to enrich your life with creative learning, be sure to take the time to wander around to see the beauty surrounding the region.
MSFA is bringing together like minded creative thinking people in an environment where the traditional arts are celebrated. Mississippi has a rich heritage of craftsmen and artisans and we are celebrating that history with hands on workshops, team building events, exhibitions, lectures, ongoing classes, children's programming and community events. We provide an environment where everyone can have the opportunity to touch the past by using the tools and materials of generations of artists and craftsmen, preserving the arts in the process.
Located just outside of downtown Natchez, Mississippi, classes are currently being offered in painting, printmaking, dyeing and textile arts, pottery and clay arts, and jewelry making. We have a full schedule of children's programming from the youngest children through high school.
How to find us
Main Campus/Franklin Campus
5 East Franklin Street
Mississippi School of Folk Arts is located in beautiful Natchez, Mississippi.
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.