WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH (PAR)?
Participatory Action Research (PAR) challenges the belief that only academics or trained professionals can produce accurate information, and instead recognizes information as POWER and puts that power in the hands of people seeking to overcome problems in their daily lives. PAR is a collective process of investigation, empowerment, and action. The people most affected by the problems, sometimes with the help of “experts”, investigate and analyze the issues, and ultimately act together to bring about meaningful, long-term solutions.
PAR INSTITUTE AT-A-GLANCE
Get a short listen from these longer PAR Institute presentations
Nelda Ruiz, Regeneración – Armando Barrio
Amaha Selassie – Gem City Market
Jardana Peacock, Author of Practice Showing Up
WHAT IS CULTURAL ORGANIZING?
Highlander defines cultural organizing as the strategic use of art and culture to promote progressive policies with marginalized communities. Developed by Tufara Waller Muhammed and Ebony Noelle Golden, Highlander explains Cultural Organizing as a triad: faith, spirituality and or/wellness traditions; the practice of art and culture, and policy. It centers collective learning, intergenerational organizing and moves through the creation of art, the practice of healing and the implementation or change of policy that shifts power.