Upcoming Trips

Detroit: AMC

Thursday, June 14, 2018 to Sunday, June 24, 2018
What motivates people to make change? 
This project/trip will be anchored by the Allied Media Conference: an amazing frenzy of people using media of all kinds to do transformative work in communities around the world. This is the 20th anniversery of this gathering. We will stay in Detroit to meet and connect with many individuals and organizations all part of an inspiring recalibration and re-definition of this great American city.
COST: $1900

Vermont: Life in Vermont, Today

Monday, July 16, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018
*Vermont: Bennington County and Burlington, July 16-27
In the end, we'll arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot
We are creating a multi-dimensional and contemporary reflection of life in Vermont.
It's time to reevaluate and shake up the cliched images of what life is like in our home state!
This will be a multi-year project: this year we are diving into the southwest corner of VT!
This is a partnership between Vermont Folklife Center and Conversations From the Open Road. 

Chicago: How a neighborhood unifies and strikes back!

Monday, August 13, 2018 to Saturday, August 25, 2018

School closures are happening in many black and brown neighborhoods across our country. This is often an integral step before a city's privatizing its education via charter schools, in the frame of 'choice'. 

In 2013, the Chicago Board of Education (appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel) announced that it would close 49 public schools in what was the largest mass school closure in United States history. The board’s decision sparked heated criticism, especially the inequity of which schools were being closed: poor, Latino and Black neighborhood schools. The Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Walter H Dyett High School due to poor academic performance in 2012, and closed the school in June 2015.

A hunger strike led by 12 people lasted for 34 days, when the decision to re-open it was finally reached.

Though this may seem distant to Vermont, this is part of a larger cultural trend/agenda that is the eroding and dismantling of what is a public good.  


COST: $1900