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SUMMER 2019 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FIELD SCHOOL!

Friday, February 01, 2019 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

“CHARACTER IS OFTEN DETERMINED NOT BY WHEN WE DO WHAT WE MUST, BUT BY WHEN WE DO WHAT IS VOLUNTARY.”

Looking for an opportunity to practice hands-on ethnographic

methods and gain applied experience and skills?

Sweet Grass Consulting LLC is a team of researchers and community development advocates who provide professional, evaluative and research services that promote and support asset-based development initiatives in economically burdened communities. Sweet Grass Consulting has experience in areas related to strategic action planning and assessment, effective data collection and database development, feasibility and market analyses, impact measurement programs and comprehensive reporting in a variety of mediums. Similarly, SGC implements participatory methods with a focus in Community Development processes and utilizes these methods to achieve community defined goals.

Pyatt Studio is a mission driven firm with a core purpose of improving the quality of peoples lives through design. Pyatt Studio un-derstands that a building is an opportunity to inspire change and enhance the human condition. Their work seeks to leverage these opportunities for the greater public good by looking for ways to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability in their projects. Values such as: a focus on people and place, social impact, participation of all stakeholders, and a willingness to question the status quo inform their approach to each project. The Building Cooperative is a non profit organization established by Pyatt Stu-dio to expand on the firms educational and affordable housing programs.

The collaboration between Sweet Grass Consulting and Pyatt Studio was developed through shared values and understanding of the role ethnogra-phy plays in design and community development. Much of Sweet Grass’ community development work has been related to affordable housing initi-atives and needs assessments. Additionally, Pyatt Studio believes it is imper-ative to incorporate cultural traditions and community engagement into ar-chitecture and design. Integrating the strengths of anthropological field methods and design, this field school aims to provide a multidisciplinary ap-proach to community development and sustainable affordable housing. This field school will provide housing for the underserved Native American community while providing on-site learning collaborations. By using educa-tion and hands-on experiences as a catalyst for change, Sweet Grass and Py-att Studio seek to empower a new generation of community designers, an-thropologists, builders and thinkers for the future.

The field school will take place on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for 4-5 weeks over the course of this summer. The 4-5 weeks on-site may not be consecutive. If you have scheduling concerns or other concerns, please contact us, we can work out an individual plan to meet your needs. Interns will be responsible for 40-60 hours of work a week. You will experience a mix of structured learning experiences, skill-building shadowing, community engagement, and adventures! The cost of the field school is $3,000. Applying for the field school automatically applies you for one of two $500 scholarships. One $500 scholarship will go to an emerging anthropologist and one will go to an emerging designer.

You will not regret the experiences and growth you will encounter while visiting the rich environment and working with vibrant peo-ple throughout the area!

Download Sweetgrass's Logistic Form Here.

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION HERE:

https://www.tfaforms.com/4709388

DUE APRIL 12, 2019

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