Growing Right is deeply indebted to & wildly inspired, first and foremost, to our incredible narrators — and the people, animals, plants and systems that have shaped an ecological food and farm movement in Ohio.
We also owe our vision to a host of incredible cultural workers, oral historians, activists, ethnographers, public historians and documentarians pioneering new models of embedded, community-collaborative, place-based and activist practice to create conversations around critical issues in health, social justice, food systems and environment.
We’re especially inspired by projects that innovate and seek to model “sharing authority” both at the level of documentation and interpretation. We’re moved by projects that take up oral historian Michael Frisch’s call for “sharing authority” as a verb that’s never quite finished — a process and an ethics always to strive towards.
Below, we’ll aim to highlight friends, mentors and heroes of Growing Right that have shaped our practice, vision, and sense of what is possible in engaged, community-collaborative cultural work. We hope these links, practitioners, grassroots networks and badass projects might be inspiration for you, too.
COMMUNITY-COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC FOLKLORE + ETHNOGRAPHY
Jeff Todd Titon’s work on ecomusicology, ethics — & everything else! <3
SPACES Archive for preservation of art environments
Meredith Martin-Moats’ The Boiled-Down Juice
Penn’s CAMRA for Media Ethnography/Multi-Modal Scholarship
The work of Howard Sacks & Kenyon College’s Rural Life Center
Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History + Digital Humanities’ CurateScape Tool
Erin Bernard’s Philly Public History Truck
The Performing Diverse Environmentalisms (DERT) Collective at Indiana University’s Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
ORAL HISTORY + DOCUMENTARY ARTS
Suzanne Snider’s Oral History Summer School (OHSS)
Brooke Bryan // Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA) Collective
Rachel Garringer’s Country Queers Project
DEEP ECOLOGY, SOCIAL JUSTICE, + HONORING CLIMATE GRIEF
Joanna Macy’s The Work that Reconnects
Nevada City, California’s The Woolman School