Best Practices and Community Sustainability Retreat
American Folklore Society Best Practices funds have been awarded to support a retreat to discuss and develop community-based folklife practices in light of cultural sustainability. The retreat will be held May 20-22, 2011 at the Meadowcreek Center, a sustainable education center created by David W. Orr in Fox, Arkansas. Growing out of discussions and presentations at the 2009 and 2010 AFS meetings as well as the work of colleagues such as Jeff Titon and Rory Turner, an expanding discussion group has formed communicating via e-mail, the AFS cultural sustainability discussion forum, and the Community-Based Folklore group on Facebook. For the retreat, we will meet to discuss how folklorists and our colleagues and collaborators in other fields might learn from each other to better help communities and their traditions endure by maintaining and extending traditional knowledge and practices in the face of economic and political forces that dismantle them. We will also discuss ways to use and support our skills as community members and as cultural workers in the face of those same pressures. A report will be produced at the end of the retreat summarizing the outcome of the discussions. For more information or to ask about attending contact Rachel Reynolds Luster (Luster@aol.com) or Mike Luster (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit either the AFS or Facebook discussion sites. Best Practice funds will be used to cover facility and logistics costs and to assist, as much as possible, those without other travel support.