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
Learn more about Subs with SuitCASES
Community Open House
year, Penland's community open house
welcomes hundreds of visitors into the studios for demonstrations
and hands-on activities.
The 2016 community open house is Saturday, March 5 from 1-5 pm.
Community Open House page
Kids Camp page
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 30th, 2016
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