The featured projects shared below were developed and launched through a four-year Participatory Action Research grant funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps). Participatory Action Research can sound intimidating, but beyond the title, it represents groups of
community members coming together, seeking to define the needs of their
own communities, and then doing something about it. The Leading from
the Roots grant began in June 2019 with a small group of Heritage Artists,
Craftspeople, and Culture Bearers who came together
at Arbutus Folk School in Olympia, Washington to plan cooperative research and actions in the
Pacific Mountain region of Washington State. In the third year, the project expanded to include several more folk schools across the US who created mini-documentaries that share the stories of the school's founding and highlight what it means to be a folk school in rural communities today. The projects below represent only small examples of what it can mean to "lead from the roots."
Lewis County Young Adults
Coming together to build space for us all
Solidarity Beyond Charity: Art for Immigrant
Winlock Community Garden
Join us at the Garden
This material is based upon work funded by the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) under Grant No.18REHWA001 through the Community Conversations research grant competition. Opinion or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by the Corporation for National and Community Service.