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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."

Featured Project

Solidarity Beyond Charity: Art for Immigrant
Worker Relief

"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."

Washington State Projects

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


Practitioner
Survey & Directory

Learning from and locating craftspeople in our Pacific Mountain communities



Folk School founding stories

Leading from

the Roots


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.


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