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Community Aid for Folk Artist Clyde Jones

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Folks, the Community of Bynum is reaching out to seek assistance with caring for our beloved friend and neighbor nationally recognized self taught, Folk and Outsider Artist, Clyde Jones.
Due to advanced age, failing eyesight and an unfortunate series of recent falls Clyde is in need of our help. He has just returned from harrowing  three weeks in hospital and a rehab facility complicated by quarantine put in place due to the Covid 19 outbreak and it has been determined for at least the time being, that he is unable to live on his own. In the interim Clyde is being hosted and cared for by his friends and neighbors in the Community of Bynum.

As many of you who have experienced this gem of a human being know despite all the Folk Art world accolades, he has through all these years remained a man of simple means. He chose early on in his career to donate his art to organizations and agencies supporting primarily child-centric causes rather than sell his work to the highest bidder. In fact and you may not know this, he even turned down the internationally famous ballet dancer Baryshikov when he offered to buy one of Clyde’s critters. 
[Side Note: Here’s a sweet and wonderful video of some of Clyde’s biggest fans telling the story of Clyde and Mikhail.]

And now after all these years of caring, giving and building community Clyde with limited financial resources and the specter of some variety of long-term care looming is in need of our help. Thing is most of us here in the Community of Bynum are artists, musicians or just regular working folks and of rather modest means ourselves. Initially the funds donated will go to cover a myriad of services and supplies that Medicare will not pay for and may also eventually be needed to pay for home improvements which may include widening doors, building ramps to improve access or even modifying bathroom facilities.
This is why we’re reaching out. To friends and fellow artists, causal admirers and Folk Arts fanatics, the kindly caring patron saints of the kindly caring aging Folk Artists who are lovers of everything Clyde. He's given us so much. Now it's time for us to give something back.
Please consider donating and help us to allow him to continue to age with dignity and receive the care that he so dearly deserves. And folks if we may ask, after you do donate would you please also share this Go Fund Me Campaign with anyone and everybody who you know whether or not they personally know Clyde, have experienced his art or just really appreciate a good story about an internationally known ballet star and a simple Folk Artist from the little town of Bynum, North Carolina.
The Community of Bynum thanks you.


  • Rebecca A Hoffberger
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $30 
    • 3 mos
  • Mary DeCoster
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • james burnette
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • S Leigh Park
    • $50 
    • 4 mos


Stephan Meyers
Pittsboro, NC

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