Join us as we work to encourage traditional music, dance, and performing arts

Who We Are

We are members of the Northern California folk music and dance community.  We are performers, teachers, students, and enthusiasts embracing countless musical styles and cultural traditions.  We work together to present, preserve, and encourage wider participation in traditional music, dance, and performing arts.  While Lark Traditional Arts is very new as a nonprofit organization, many of us have known and worked with each other for more than three decades to keep traditional arts thriving throughout California.  This organization brings new talents, new energy, and new ideas to this work – work that we intend to continue long into the future.

What We’re Doing

Our biggest project is presenting Lark Camp, the annual eight-day music, song, and dance camp held in the Mendocino Woodlands.   Lark Camp began in 1980.  Over the years it has grown to encompass all three Woodlands camp areas and to attract over 600 campers from all over the world to teach, learn, party, and create cross-cultural magic that enriches us all.

Lark Traditional Arts also supports and promotes the Mendocino English Country Dance, hosting monthly community dances and weekly traditional dance workshops.  All ages and experience levels are welcome. These country dances have been a popular community event series on the Mendocino coast for years.

How We Got Here

The community of talent and spirit that is now supported by Lark Traditional Arts has been growing for over 40 years in Mendocino.  Mickie Zekley is only one of an incredible group of eclectic musicians and dancers who found themselves on the coast, found each other, and proceeded to introduce new music, new instruments, and scores of new world cultures to eager audiences throughout the west.  Mickie’s personal take on how it all started is an amusing and engaging tale you can find as an iTunes podcast titled “Adventures of a Street Musician”.

Over the years, the traditional scene in Mendocino has never failed to be active and exciting.  Dozens of committed Mendocino folk and traditional arts enthusiasts worked to present music workshops and residencies featuring touring musicians from everywhere, including The Boys of the Lough, Sylvia Woods’ harp extravaganza, Irish fiddle legend Tommy Peoples, and the first American Uilleann Pipers Convention.  The local band, Mooncoin, featuring Mickie Zekley and multi-instrumentalist Michael Hubbert, was only one of countless homegrown performers and bands who kept the scene hopping and maintained Mendocino’s long-standing reputation as a haven for traditional arts.

Our Mission

Our mission statement reads as follows:

“Lark Traditional Arts is an organization dedicated to creating educational events and assets that bring people together through traditional song, music, dance, and arts.”

Lark Traditional Arts is a pending 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.