Friday, October 25, 2013

Island Workshop

For many years Ocracoke Island has been a magnet for artists, musicians and writers. In 2008 I published an Ocracoke Newsletter about an early attempt to create what islanders referred to as an "Artists Colony" in the village.

In 1940 and 1941 a small group of creative folks arrived on Ocracoke to participate in the "Island Workshop For Artists and Writers." Because of World War II and its impact on Ocracoke the Workshop was not resumed in 1942.

You can read my article about the Artists Colony here: This is a fascinating chapter of island history.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of the Soundfront Inn, one of the oldest structures on the island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous6:58 AM

    $3,341.10. according to the Bureau of Labor statistics calculator 200 dollars in 1940 has the equivalent purchasing power as $3,341.10. in 2013. Honestly, PH would a similar offer -- all expenses for the season --be made in 2013 for $3,341.10?????DD

    1. In 2012, tuition, meals, activities, and lodging for the OcraFolk School (a venture similar to the Island Workshop) was $720 for one week. That would be $5,760 if it were a two month program.