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Past Projects

Leading from the Roots (2018 - 2022)

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."

Folk School founding stories
Participatory Video

Leading from

the Roots

Pacific Mountain craftspeople and culture Bearers
community-Based Action

Lewis County Young Adults

Coming together to build space for us all

Solidarity Beyond Charity: Art for Immigrant
Worker Relief

The power of art marching for immigrant relief

Nature Nurture Farmacy Alive
& Thriving

Building the foundation of health for a stronger community

Garden Boxes and Supplies

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

Decker Creek
Stream Survey

Rural neighbors caring for each other and their  environment.

Northwest Herbal Resilience

Caring for each other

Ocean Shores
Growing Together

A distributed community gardening effort

Survey & Directory

Learning from and locating craftspeople in our Pacific Mountain communities



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