SFA has developed unique cross-cultural learning opportunities for the public, students, and lifelong learners. Our goal is to expand cultural knowledge and foster deeper cultural competencies in the workplace, at school, and in the community.
Our programs and projects in this area include:
Continuum: Multicultural Practices in Grief and End of Life
The Continuum project gathers and shares cultural knowledge about traditions, expressions, and practices associated with end of life, grief, mourning and death in Southern Arizona’s folk, ethnic, occupational, faith-based and alternative communities.
Ethnographic Field Schools
SFA Ethnographic Field Schools offer training in the basic skills of cultural analysis and documentation, using the toolbox of ethnography as practiced by anthropologists and folklorists. Each field school is specifically geared for non-academic adult learners—adult professionals interested in cultural documentation and enhancing their “sense of place.” Field schools are offered annually throughout the southwest border corridor.
Cultural Literacy Training
As American towns and cities become increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse, cultural literacy is evermore for educational, work, and social settings. We are currently developing cultural literacy tools and programs that draw upon research methods from anthropology and the inclusive practices of community organizing. These training programs will help professionals in all sectors, community leaders, and organizations improve cultural awareness, understanding, and communication skills to foster mutual respect and acceptance.
Folklorist in Residence
Sometimes new insights about one’s own community come from an outsider’s observations and perspectives. The Alliance invites visiting folklorists to share analytical frameworks, cultural understandings, fieldwork observations, and ways of seeing and knowing with students and practitioners in our region.