Leading from the Roots
The featured projects shared below were developed and launched through a
three-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. The projects below represent only small examples of what it can mean to "lead from the roots."
"It's always a good thing when we build long lasting systems for support in our community."
"Taking care of each other, feeding each other... my neighbors and I, it's how I have survived this long."
"We built this project to be able to show up for folks having the hardest time in our county."