Project Purpose

Leading from the Roots, a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) project, will investigate how local folklife artists and tradition bearers can help reduce our region’s dependency on external or unsustainable economic drivers, develop economic vitality and improve resiliency in rural communities.  The project will also examine the potential for other folk schools across the United States to use a CBPR process to broaden their engagement and impact.


Pacific Mountain WA Counties

Become a Community Advisory Board Member

The Leading from the Roots project is committed to assembling a inclusive advisory board with broad participation from representatives of the rich cultural and community groups within the Pacific Mountain region.

Arbutus Folk School

The Arbutus Folk School, is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Olympia, Washington. The school provides enlivening learning experiences through a wide-range of activities focused on fostering appreciation, knowledge and access to craft, music, community, celebrations and lore.

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Fielding Graduate University

Fielding Graduate University is an accredited nonprofit leader in graduate education, combining face‐to‐face and online learning.

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Folk School Alliance Community of Practice

The Folk School Alliance Community of Practice is a group of folk school founders and leaders that seeks to advance and sustain community based organizations such as folk schools.

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