Rural Cultural Organizer Gathering
This was a small 1.5 day-long strategic national gathering of cultural organizers who included, in addition to the cosponsors: Alternate Roots, Appalshop, Central Valley Partnership for Citizenship, Llano Grande Center, Feral Arts, United Indian Health Services, and Northland Poster Collective. The gathering offered participants an opportunity to share their place and culturally based strategies and methodologies with one another in the areas of community development, community organizing, education, communications, health, philanthropy, media, and the arts. Topics included: capacity building, generational transitions, policy change, strategic communications, cultural organizing, rural voting, organizing in the Gulf post-Katrina, civic dialogue, youth organizing, rooting your work in place and cultural identity, digital storytelling, and community and cultural mapping. The gathering sparked various collaborations and a number of the participants then participated in the Bridge People dialogue project. It was held at the Historic Requa Inn in Klamath, California.