Welcome to Ozark Folkways


Located in historic (and historically funky!) Winslow, Ozark Folkways is where the art of today meets the craft traditions of generations past; and music, food, fun and family reach across generations to bring people together.

Apart from the everyday offerings of art and crafts, we have a number of special events coming up over the next few months. There’s bound to be something for you …

Gallery Conversation: Ozark Folkways on American Made

crystalbridgestalkSaturday, August 27, 2016, 1:00pm – 2:00pm


For more than 50 years, Ozark Folkways has carried on a variety of artistic traditions in Northwest Arkansas. Join Executive Director of Ozark Folkways Rebecca Buchanan and Curator Mindy Besaw in this discussion on women who have preserved and continued these rich art forms from the nineteenth century to present day.

American Made exhibition: $10 (Free for Crystal Bridges Members). No registration required, but a ticket to the exhibition is necessary. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Crystal Bridges at http://crystalbridges.org/calendar/gallery-conversation-ozark-folkways-on-american-made/

Super Fresh. Super Spicy. Super Delicious!

indian-spice-box_1Saturday, October 22, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
An Evening with Anjana Mukhopadhyaya

Join us in the Community Kitchen for a delicious evening with Calcutta native Chef Anjana Mukhopadhyaya. Fresh from her most recent success collaborating with the team at Khana Indian Grill on their wildly successful menu, Anjana’s culinary creations are legend and her enthusiasm contagious!

Chef Anjana will demonstrate the basics of Northern Indian cooking with an emphasis on ingredients, spices and technique and will prepare an authentic and delicious Indian meal .Super Fresh, Super Spicy and Super Delicious! Upon completion you will have a thorough understanding of the Northern Indian cooking tradition.

Recipe booklets will be provided to each participant. This class is recommended for beginners and culinary connoisseurs alike. After the meal is prepared we will sit together to enjoy our makings and company together. So bring your enthusiasm and appetite for an evening of delicious fun!

Dinner includes:

  • An Indian street food appetizer of sprouted mung bean Chaat
  • Pindi Choley(spicy chickpeas)
  • Tandoori Gobhi(baked caulifower)
  • Saag Paneer in a Spinach Puree
  • Chicken Rezala (chicken cooked in a flavorful cashew and poppy seed sauce)
  • Basmati rice with aromatic whole spices
  • A Kheer dessert and beverages

Cost is $50 per person. Space is limited, so please don’t wait until the last minute!

To sign up, or for more information, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

2016 Fiber Arts Show & Festival

Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for the annual Fiber Arts Fair at Ozark Folkways.

This year’s categories will be weaving, basketry, quilting, knitting and crocheting, and sewing arts. Ribbons will be awarded to works of merit and cash prizes will be awarded in categories where five or more artists enter.

The panel of judges is comprised of highly respected artists and craftspeople. Judges remain anonymous until after the judging is completed.

Note:  Judges highly encourage the use of all-natural fibers and entries should have been crafted within the last two years.

Click here to download an official entry form (in PDF format).

There is a $5.00 fee for each entry, with a maximum of three entries for $15.00. See entry form for details.

For more information, call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Belly Dancing with Lileith

belly dancingWith a Special Guest Appearance by Squirrel Jam
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm


  • Morning workshop: 9:00 am to 11:30 am Students will learn basic belly dance moves and technique
  • Lunch: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm People can bring their lunch, or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down-home southern goodness.
  • Afternoon Workshop: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm Students will learn to put the moves together for a choreography.
  • Hafla(party): 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Potluck dinner and drinks open to all followed by a performance by Squirrel Jam and dance performances

We will begin the day learning and practicing some basic moves. We will stop for lunch, and come back to learn a routine using all the moves you learned in the first workshop. We will then have a break to allow everyone to change clothes for the evening hafla, which will feature a potluck dinner outside as the sun sets, while Squirrel Jam, an Ozark Folkways favorite, performs.  Immediately afterwards, we will have a dance performance and party where your instructor will perform for you, you get a chance to perform the dance you learned, and we all get to let loose and freestyle to some traditional and modern belly dance music!

$35 for the first workshop*, or $55 for the full day

AFTER October 1
$40 for each workshop*, or $65 for the full day

*Technique will not be taught in the second workshop.  If you have some basic experience, feel free to attend the second workshop only.

To sign up, or for more information, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Who Should Attend?
Anyone new to belly dance, who has always wanted to try it, but hasn’t yet; and anyone who is still a beginner in belly dance wanting to learn some new moves and a new routine.  These workshops are for any level of physical conditioning, any shape and any size.

What should you wear?
You don’t have to show your belly … but you can if you want to!  Wear comfortable pants, like yoga pants, and a top that is comfortable yet fits closely enough to your body so the instructor can see your torso moves.

Lileith is happy to take any questions at dancewithlileith@gmail.com, or 479-856-1576 (leave a message if there is no answer right away).

To sign up, or for more information, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

About Lileith

Lileith has studied both with both local teachers and with world famous belly dance stars including Ansuya Rathor, Sadie Marquardt and Isidora Hart.  She has taken workshops with Yasmine of South Carolina, Aradia, Michelle Joyce and Zoe Jakes, Princess Farhana, Suhaila Salimpour, Aziza, and Mia Sha’uri.  She was fortunate to take private lessons with original Belly Dance Superstar Ansuya Rathor, eventually earning her Ansuya Bellydance Certification, in 2013, and she is scheduled to complete Instructor certification with Ansuya in September 2016.

Currently, Lileith is the business manager and a founding member of Orenda, a Fayetteville-based Cirque Group that produces and performs theatrical variety shows of different themes.

You can learn more at www.dancewithlileith.com, or find her on Facebook as Dance With Lileith.


Edible, Poisonous, and Medicinal Fall Mushrooms of Arkansas

jay justiceNovember 6, 10:30am-7:00 pm

Master Mycologist Jay Justice will join us once again for our fall fungi foray focusing on edible, poisonous and medicinal fall mushrooms native to Arkansas in general and Northwest Arkansas in particular. After a morning PowerPoint presentation, we will break for lunch (brown bag or hop on over to Grandma’s Cafe) and then carpool down to the beautiful Winfrey Valley where we will forage.

An afternoon identification and question and answer session will be followed by our one of our ever popular mushroom-centric dinners, soup to nuts and wine to wash it down with!

Cost $45.00 including dinner.

This class is limited to the first 25 paid registrants, so please don’t wait until the last minute! To sign up, or for more information, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com