Penland sponsors several programs that make the
school's resources available to the local community.
Teaching Artist Initiative
Artist Initiative provides art programs in the Mitchell County schools
and helps artists develop their teaching skills.
Teaching Artist Initiative page
Subs with SuitCASES
Creative Approaches to Subsitute Education
Subs with SuitCASES page
Subs with SuitCASES blog
Community Open House
year, Penland's community open house
welcomes hundreds of visitors into the studios for demonstrations
and hands-on activities.
The 2014 community open house will take place on Saturday, March 1, from 1-5 pm.
Community Open House page
Kids Camp page
June 16 - August 1, 2014
Penland's summer art camps offer creative and engaging one-week workshops for children ages 3 to 18, taught by local artists in the Ridgeway building across from the Penland Gallery. Half-day camps are $100 and full-day camps are $200 with scholarships available. Questions? Email
Penland staff members are involved in many community events each year, designing hands-on activities that are offered free to the public.
Community Collaborations page
Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival
Saturday April 27th, 2013, 10pm – 4pm
Locust Street, Downtown Spruce Pine, NC
Spruce Pine Main Street and Penland School of Crafts present the annual Fire On the Mountain festival, to celebrate blacksmithing's deep roots in Western North Carolina, and broaden awareness of quality contemporary iron work. Experience a day of forging techniques and ferrous materials!
Downtown Spruce Pine's Fire on the Mountain Page
Master Demonstration Blacksmithing Workshop with John Medwedeff
Friday April 26th, 9:30am - 4pm
In the iron studio at Penland School of Crafts - $50 fee, reservations required
Click here to download the application form.
Free Lecture with Master Blacksmith John Medwedeff
Saturday April 27th, 8pm
At Penland School of Crafts