Arts At The Edge
Culture’s Edge, the educational non-profit that has offered classes for years, has recently expanded its services. A highlight of 2007 was the receipt of our first grant, from the Resourceful Communities Program of the Conservation Fund. We used the funding to strengthen relationships between farmers in several counties and support their marketing efforts. We also strengthened our own organization’s development by hiring Kimchi Rylander as Executive Director. Kimchi has been a volunteer and staff of Culture’s Edge for many years, so we are delighted with her increased level of responsibility.
We have also become the umbrella organization for independent educational projects, including the Forest Children Program, Camp Katuah, The Natural Building School, Patricia Allison and Friends’ Sustainable Living Skills internships and classes, and a program we simply call Earthaven Ecovillage, our volunteers who host tours and facilitate long-term on-site work study opportunities.
This year we are planning to sponsor workshops in Qigong, The Power of Manifestation, Homeopathy, and Plant Wisdom. See www.earthaven.org for a listing of current classes. Tax-deductible donations of any size can be earmarked for any of these programs. You can support scholarships for education, or tell us that you want us to use your donation wherever it’s most needed for education and outreach.
Culture’s Edge was established as a not-for-profit company in 1996, shortly after Earthaven was formed. Culture’s Edge was a way to focus our passion for education and create opportunities for livelihood. At first we offered courses in the three areas central to our own development: permaculture, natural building, and consensus decision making. Over time, training in the agricultural arts, building arts, communication arts, and healing arts were added, filling almost every weekend from May through October for several years running.
While focusing on internal reorganization in 2006, we slowed down and most of the classes held that year were privately organized. This past year, the introduction of Health Dept. requirements into Earthaven’s midst (see article, Are You Hep?) cut short our educational calendar for the season, which, though hard on the village economy, did give us the opportunity to consider how our future plans might branch out. In particular, we feel excited about expanding longer-term internship programs, in which the opportunities for life changing experiences are the greatest.
This year, Culture’s Edge is offering the courses and programs that nurture a healthy & sustainable world and offer you practical solutions. Our programs are taught by a dynamic team of instructors and contribute to Earthaven’s village economy.