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Leading from the Roots

The featured projects shared below were developed and launched through a Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) grant.  CBPAR is quite a mouth full, 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 2018 with a small group of Heritage Craftspeople, Culture Bearers, and Traditional Artists who came together at Arbutus Folk School to plan collective research and actions in the Pacific Mountain region of Southwest Washington State. The projects featured below represent only a portion of the community action  projects cultivated by the Leading from the Roots team.  September 30, 2020 marks the end of the grant project in Southwestern Washington, however the community members will continue the work of meeting their communities' needs through the projects below and the new skills they are gained through the experience.


Featured Projects

Art for Immigrant Worker Relief

The power of art marching for immigrant rights


Alive & Thriving


Building the foundation of health for a stronger community


kwinayɫ ɫək Language Revitalization

Quinault Language spoken in our community everyday


Winlock Community Garden

Join us at the Garden


Mountain Dulcimer
Loaners & Lessons

Community through music


Northwest Herbal Resilience

Caring for each other


Practitioner
Survey & Directory

Learning from and locating craftspeople in our Pacific Mountain communities


Decker Creek
Stream Survey

Rural neighbors caring for each other and their natural environment.

Ocean Shores
Growing Together

A distributed community gardening effort



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