New Vision and Voice Podcast available for download! Vermont photographers Richard Brown, John Miller and Peter Miller discuss their work and their relationships to the landscape and people of the state.
Friday, August 5th, 9 am to 4 pm - Come to a workshop led by Kethleen Mendell, Director of Cultural Resources – Helping Communities Discover Their Cultural Wealth(http://www.cultural-resources.org/). Discovery Research is a cultural inventory process by which community members are identified and interviewed for information on local culture. Through Discovery Research training, workshop participants will learn how to find out more about their communities’ cultural assets as well as develop strategies for sustainability.
This workshop is intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community, economic development, planning and social-service agencies, as well as professional researchers interested in learning about the cultural inventory process and developing place-based public programs.
Using Place: A Workbook, the workshop will begin by focusing on the basics of Discovery Research including exercises in observation, information gathering and community organizing. Next, we will look at what follows the Discovery Research process, exploring ways to develop local cultural initiatives and public programs that reflect a community’s sense of place and tradition.
Draw Out the Keepers of Your Community’s Knowledge and Capture Their Stories - Ethnography and Cultural Sustainability
Friday July 22, 2011 9am-4pm.
Instructors: Gregory L. Sharrow, VFC Director of Education and folklorist and Andy Kolovos, VFC Archivist and folklorist.
Ethnography — in particular participant observation and interviewing — offers a means to explore the ways in which people understand and experience the world, and brings into view the multiple perspectives that define community. In the context of cultural sustainability, ethnographic research methods provide important tools for working with communities to understand what people most value about the places in which they live, and to identify and explore the key cultural practices that define who they are.
In this day-long class we outline the ethnographic method for drawing out the keepers of community knowledge and capturing the important stories of everyday life. The class is structured around discussion, viewing and listening to ethnographic documentaries, and hands-on experience visiting pre-arranged field observation sites in the village of Middlebury. The class concludes with time for additional discussion and reflection.
This workshop is intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community and social-service agencies interested in exploring the inner workings of communities and organizations.
The final installment of Madeleine Winterfalcon’s “Voices of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Movement” features Beth Robinson, an attorney in Middlebury and a founding member of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Taskforce.
The full, edited interviews from this project are available to researchers at the Vermont Folklife Center Archive. They are edited for listenability only. The raw interviews are available by contacting Madeleine Winterfalcon (802) 453-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.