The Cultural Sustainability Institute of the Vermont Folklife Center offers training opportunities for community members, undergraduate, and graduate students, and other professionals interested in developing skills in ethnography, oral history and cultural documentation. Through this training we provide theoretical background and technical skills for participants to ethically and respectfully explore the cultural fabrics of their home communities and the broader communities of which we are a part.
The Cultural Sustainability Institute seeks to support and cultivate collaborative work with communities to document, interpret and present cultural practices so that these practices can inform larger discussions on culture and identity, civil society, planning, and economic development. The goal of the Cultural Sustainability Institute is to inspire and develop local practitioners, community scholars, and new professionals who will engage with their own dynamic cultural practices and the cultural practices of the communities around them.
Cultural Sustainability Institute workshops explore the concepts and methods of cultural sustainability, ethnography and oral history, and teach cultural documentation and media production skills from an ethnographic perspective.
This workshop is tailored to the needs of non-profit and community organizations.
Your participants, donors and volunteers serve as your nonprofit’s most important ambassadors; each one has a compelling story to tell that highlights your organization’s value.
Storytelling is a powerful tool for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. It can also be a catalyst for activism and social change. In this workshop we will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies.
Join Vermont Folklife Center and Shelburne Farms for a deep dive into tools and techniques for digital storytelling to engage students and communities in sustainability.
Do you have an interview project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is hosting a day-long workshop, Oral History: An Introduction, that can help you move your project forward. Join us on Friday, April 20, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.
The near-ubiquitous smartphone has so simplified the acts of taking photographs and shooting video that many of us carry the power of a documentary filmmaker literally in our pockets. How can we best use the technology we already have at our fingertips to film and produce our own documentaries?
Intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community and social-service agencies, as well as professional researchers interested in learning more about audio recording options, this class will provide a basic introduction to the use of contemporary digital audio recording equipment in the context of ethnographic and oral history interviews.