Geoff Davis, Director – Blue Stone Folk School
When we began to talk about developing a folk school in Noblesville (nearly three years ago) we each had a vision for what it was to become. We all had different visions. It was (and still is) my hope that a fully developed folk school would draw from everyone’s dreams and conceptions.
I have two visions. I believe that most people that I’ve talked to about them can buy into them as a starting point.
The (sub)Urban Campus-
The Folk School would acquire underutilized properties, spaces and rooms throughout Noblesville. Individual spaces would become studio space, student housing, performance and gallery space, etc. This would develop an extended pedestrian campus where students and community members would interact on the streets and in the shops and restaurants throughout the day. Threatened space and property would be re-used and improved and art and creativity would become an integrated part of Noblesville’s community.
In many ways this is how we have begun. We’ve studio space in a historic house in the heart of town. Our performances are at a local coffee shop and students shop and eat on the streets of Noblesville.
The (sub)Rural Farm-
A self-contained historic farm near Noblesville is another model that is often considered. In this scenario students and instructors park their cars and spend a week in a retreat setting. Barn space develops into studios, gallery and performance space. Small outbuildings and cottages provide student housing. The big house becomes common space or a dining hall. Open land develops into vegetable and flower gardens. Sheep and goats graze the pastures. There is room for outdoor music festivals and celebrations.
Though we are not in any position to acquire proprty and expand we must begin to look and plan for what we want to become.
Please take a few minutes and share your thoughts. We do have some ideas beginning to form and everyone’s input is critical.