Elk Johnston (They/Them)

Staff Mentor 

B.A. Arts Education, UVM ('19)
US Archery Instructor, CPR, RTE

The first time Elk felt at home was at the VT Renaissance Faire, where they saw a sword fighting demonstration and thought: “Yeah, I could do that.” They inquired with the person behind the adjacent table about where they could sign up, and the rest is history. Just three years later, Elk is now an awarded rapier fighter in the East Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international medieval reenactment and living history organization.

In addition to the sport of stick ’em with the pointy end Elk participates in recreating medieval manuscript pages illuminated with gold and calligraphy, traditional longbow archery, as well as garment and improvised armor creation. Elk regularly teaches the ancient art of European calligraphy (specifically French) in public schools, art studios, and summer camps. Archery is another skill they teach to anyone with a desire to learn. Elk’s experience teaching archery at an overnight Girl Scout camp in the Adirondacks married their love of archery with their love of nature, camping, and outdoor living.

When they’re not living in the 13th century, Elk is fighting for social justice in the 21st century. They work with local organizations trying to level the playing field for minoritized groups through education, community events, protests, and outreach. Elk is a lifelong student – they are always ready to learn more about the world they live in and do their best to make it a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

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