NAFF to Open Folk School on the Arts & Humanities

News from our friends at the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival (NAFF):

The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival Inc (NAFF) is opening the Jim Rogers & Ken Holliday Folk School on the Arts & Humanities this spring at the NAFF Center which is located at 580 Suite 1, Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana.

Folk schools have their origins in Denmark and were later adopted by community groups and organizations in Georgia and Tennessee in the 1920s and 30s.  Their primary objective is to preserve, celebrate and share the local cultural traditions of a geographic area  in which they are located.  NAFF’s Folk School will be the first of its kind in the Northern Appalachian region.

The NAFF Folk School will open with a clogging dance class in March which will be followed by a fiddle class and a harmonica class for those suffering from COPD.  In addition, a lecture series will be offered that will focus on major issues affecting our region – the Chris Catalfamo Lecture Series on Ideas and Issues.

For more information on the Folk School and Lecture Series, contact Dr. Jim Dougherty at 724-549-8038 or by email at  For more information about NAFF go to:

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