Community Advisory Board Member Position Description

The Leading from the Roots Community Based Participatory Research project is a collaboration of the Arbutus Folk School and Fielding Graduate University and funded by a Corporation for National and Community Service grant. The project goal is to identify, examine and strengthen the economic vitality and civic health of the Pacific Mountain region through folklife and tradition bearing activities. The project is actively seeking Community Advisory Board (CAB) members from folklife and tradition bearing communities of the Pacific Mountain region of southwest Washington state.  CAB positions are temporary grant funded positions averaging 2-5 hours per week.  The hourly compensation is $18/hour.

For the purposes of the Leading from the Roots project we are defining Folklife as "folk and traditional arts rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice," (2017, National Endowment for the Arts). Folklife activities may include but are not limited to crafts, music, dance, storytelling, occupational arts, and culinary arts.

CAB Members:

  • Represent a community active in folklife activities;
  • Live and practice within the Pacific Mountain five county region;
  • Are motivated to discover answers to the question, “How do folklife and tradition bearing activities make a positive impact on regional economic vitality and resilience in rural communities?”; and
  • Have the desire to develop strategies of community well-being, which are inclusive of the rural and underrepresented communities within the region.

CAB Member Duties:

  • Work to ensure success of the project by sharing community expertise and insights. Additionally, CAB members will act as liaisons with the communities they represent;
  • Commit to an ongoing collaborative process of community research, project development, and action plan implementation (initial approximate time commitment is 2-5 hrs/week);
  • Attend a 3 day project kick off meeting from June 25-27, 2019 (The meeting will focus on developing a common understanding of Community Based Participatory Research methods and outlining the work of the CAB);
  • Engage in regularly scheduled monthly 1-2 hour meetings either in-person or through a web-based teleconferencing platform (Zoom);
  • Collaboratively develop plan and tools for gathering information such as surveys, interview questions, events, etc.; and
  • Implement the developed plan and share project outcomes within the community.