Cultural Sustainability Archive

Upcoming Russellville Seed Swap and Film Showing

It’s getting close to spring planting time, and many of you are probably readying your garden beds and ordering seeds. If you are a seed saver, perhaps you’re taking stock of what you gathered from last year’s harvest. Both experienced and beginner gardeners are invited to attend the Russellville Seed Swap Saturday February 23rd from
Category: Arkansas

“Cultivating Folk Arts and Social Change:” Debora Kodish, AFS 2012 Plenary, Part One

This past October Debora Kodish gave the plenary address at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society. Entitled “Cultivating Folk Arts and Social Change,” Kodish explored the history of Philadelphia Folklore Project of which she is the founder. A passionate discussion gleaned from decades worth of deep community engagement, this short paper is quickly becoming essential
Category: Community Action

When the Tangible is Jeopardized the Intangible Remains: Reflections of AFS

Last October folklorists from around the world gathered for the annual yearly meeting of the American Folklore Society. Congregating in New Orleans, last year’s conference theme was “The Continuity and Creativity of Culture.” One of the most useful things about these conferences isn’t what they provide in the immediate sense, but the ways in which
Category: Folklife

Testimonials for Ancestors and the Sustainable Work of the Raíces Cultural Center

The Raíces Cultural Center, located in central New Jersey, is dedicated to the preservation of the full spectrum of caribbean cultural arts including music, dance, art, and the spoken word. The word raíces means roots, and the center operates from a core belief that cultural arts are a central part of the human experience and should
Category: Intergenerational

Friday Video: “The Real Science is the Science of Interconnection.” Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds

Friday Video posts are a (semi) regular feature on the Boiled Down Juice and explore concepts of community, history, and culture. If you’re interested in suggesting a video, please let us know. We’d love to hear your ideas.  If you’re already familiar with GMO (genetically-modified organisms) and have been following the recent developments, or if
Category: Food

An Intergenerational Story of Green Tomato Pie

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and on the Boiled Down Juice site. Topics included in the column are often also associated with
Category: Food

Humans, Animals, Land: Camaraderie Birdtown, Arkansas.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column written by Boiled Down Juice editor Meredith Martin-Moats exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and on the Boiled Down Juice. Topics included in
Category: Animals

Join the Community Conversation on Local Food in Central Arkansas this Saturday.

Several weeks ago we posted about about a study to strengthen local food systems in Little Rock. Engaging a diverse group of stakeholders including civic leaders, institutional leaders, politicians, business leaders, food producers, and consumers, the goals of this project are to engage the community in participatory research to learn what exactly the city needs to
Category: Arkansas

Stories and Movement from Arkansas and Beyond: Blogging for Human Rights Day, Partnership with the Ella Baker Center

Earlier this month the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights put out a call for writers, site administrators, and bloggers around the nation to come together on Monday December 10th, Human Rights Day, for an event they titled “Blogging for Human Rights Day — a one day blog carnival to shed light on human rights abuses and
Category: Arkansas

Opportunity for Central Arkansas Youth: Summer of Solutions Youth Program Coordinator

If you’re a young person in the Little Rock area interested in engaged community work, locally-based community problem solving, fighting racism, the creation of local businesses, and a deeper exploration of place-based sustainability, the Summer of Solutions Program Coordinator position could be a wonderful opportunity. Little Rock Summer of Solutions is a project of Village
Category: Arkansas