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Rory Turner

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Music and Cultural Sustainability
1. Sustaining Cultures
Maryland Traditions
MACS Program
2. Sustainable Culture
21st Century Spirituality
Green Culture
new ways of thinking about
and experiencing
3. Culture which sustains life and well being
4. Culture, Sustainability, Difference
Cultural Sustainability
Cultural Documentation
Cultural Policy
Cultural Partnership

Interpretive Planning
Community, Events, and Expressive Culture
Photographing Cultural Life
Oral History
Exhibits: The Politics, Poetics, and Practice of (Re)presentation
Community and Economic Development
Advocacy, activism, and social justice
Advanced Cultural Documentation and archival management
Culture and Education

Advanced Organizational Management
Public Administration
Nonprofit Administration
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Networks and New Media
Fund raising and grant writing
Program Goals
Plan, undertake, and organize cultural documentation field projects using data collection, writing, photography, video, and sound recording.
Train community members in cultural documentation.
Devise and implement cultural programs including exhibitions, performances, workshops, media productions, websites, festivals and other initiatives identified through community consultation.
Identify and develop appropriate forums and partnerships to foster community self determination and leadership.
Manage budgets and program costs.
Work effectively as a creator or valued leader of a cultural organization.
Identify and secure public and philanthropic funding for projects and organizational sustainability.
Manage the communication needs of cultural sustainability initiatives, including working with the media and community participants.
Graduates will also gain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of contemporary issues pertaining to cultural sustainability in the relevant related fields.
Identify and cultivate a relevant community of practice.
Organize and build community.
Work with communities to plan and implement revenue generating activities and products.
Rory Turner
the sustainability of diversity: creating healing and consciousness raising conversations and experiences across lines of difference
The office of the folklorist, then, is to do (and I realize there is nothing new here, —I am just crusading) what over the last two generations of biologists, ecologists, zoologists, climatologists, and finally environmental activists have done: to model, first, at the sociological level, what (to borrow from Mary Hufford again) “human ecology” is and how it works. This will be a multidisciplinary project that should bring folklore’s existing but hitherto isolated insights together with the insights of a range of social sciences to define so far as possible what the enabling conditions of culture are. Second, it will be to show not simply that this or that species of culture is under threat— least of all by enshrining its archaic or ephemeral products —but that human ecology itself is sweepingly imperiled by what is called “postmodernity” or “globalization,” at the same time as these forces are creating environments for the growth of new human ecologies that it would be our business to identify. Third, it will be to create a human ecology movement whose ultimate aim will be to produce definitions, limits, and standards for human ecological “health.”
-- Robert Cantwell
The community of truth is an image of knowing that embraces both the great web of being on which all things depend and the fact that our knowing of those things is helped, not hindered, by our being enmeshed in that web. It is an image that lifts up not only our visible connections to human forms of being-with their opportunities for intimacy, civility, and accountability-but ourinvisible connections to nonhuman forms as well. It is a model of community capacious enough to carry the educational mission of knowing, teaching, and learning.
-- Parker Palmer
Who are you really, Earthlings, to believe that you are the ones adding relations by the sheer symbolic order of your mind, by the projective power of your brain, by the sheer intensity of your social schemes, to a world entirely devoid of meaning, of relations, of connections?! Where have you lived until now? Oh I know, you have lived into this strange modernist utterly archaic globe; and suddenly under crisis you realize that all along you have been inhabiting the Earth.

Bruno Latour
Cultural Sustainability
Ultimately we should be striving for personal and societal well-being.

Above a certain income level, more consumption does not dramatically increase social benefits, and further increases in income per capita do not significantly increase human well-being.

There is growing recognition that, in addition to income, well-being includes social and personal elements that together allow people to lead lives they value.


WWF Living Planet Report
Cultural sustainability is an emerging movement that asserts a vital alignment of human action with a healthy lifeworld.
Cultural sustainability leads toward the preservation and protection of valued culture commonalities, and the development of thriving communities and cultural networks.
Cultural sustainability leads toward the preservation and protection of valued culture commonalities, and the development of thriving communities and cultural networks.
Cultural sustainability flows from a spirit of ecological stewardship and fellowship across lines of cultural difference.
Cultural sustainability action is a process of responsible research and practice based in ethical relationship guided by the principles of integrity, authentic communication, and care.
Cultural sustainability is a vital, indeed, necessary emerging academic field and occupation that seeks to restore culture that fosters community. It is a simultaneous assertion of local and global stewardship. It is local, in that it can only be effective through careful, passionate, and purposeful listening to and engagement with the meaning and beauty of specific traditions and the particular gifts they hold. Through such listening and participation, connections and collaborations may flower that serve people to sustain the fires of community spirit. These partnerships nurture local economies and ecologies to thrive when their logic is the logic of the gift, of increase through giving and care. If we are to hope for a healthy and thriving future globally, we need to rekindle the strength and value of local communities, economies, and ecologies. Rather than seeking satisfaction, security and well being only through the marketplace, can we find these keys to well being in the matrix of our locales if we properly appreciate and celebrate our gifts? My belief is that only through such an orientation toward the local can we reverse the troubling trends of over consumption, social and psychological fragmentation and stress, and overshoot of the exploitation of the abundance of our planet. Critical to such a transformation, a new way of thinking about how and what we produce, exchange and consume, are the gifts of the artists and traditions, and the gifts of the natural and spiritual connections that sustain us. Together we need to create new stories that draw from our shared humanity but that intimately connect with our specific unique traditions, histories, and experience
Alienation from body, labor, society, nature is bad.

Participation in body, labor, society, nature is good.

Participation = consubstantiation = sacrament = pre-symbolic merging of consciousness and matter = the feeling that you are in the music and the music is in you = groove = the happiness and health (mental-and-physical) of all this “joyous science” as a foundation for imagination and creativity.
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