To the Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our straw bale community,
I recently received a very powerful message from an African American woman educator in which she shared how important it is for us to clearly state that Black, Indigenous, and people of color are “welcomed and wanted” at our workshops.
It became clear that Gabriella and I have not done enough to create that safe, welcoming space or to share that message broadly over our years of teaching straw bale workshops. We understand that we will never know what it is like to be a Black, Indigenous, or person of color in this country. What we DO know is that you are welcome in the straw bale community and at our workshops.
10 SCHOLARSHIPS OPENINGS
For years, we have offered scholarship positions for our workshops as we recognize the large financial commitment that signing up for one can be. Today we are announcing the following openings specifically for the BIPOC community:
-10 full scholarship positions
-Scholarships include all tuition, meals throughout the workshop, access to bathroom and bathing facilities, and a camping spot. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship recipients but if you are within driving distance, we are happy to connect you with other participants to help set up a ride-share.
-These 10 scholarships will be available yearly during each workshop season.
If you would like to apply, please email StrawBaleWorkshops@gmail.com with a few paragraphs sharing what you hope to get out of the workshop, what your interests in straw bale construction are, and anything else that you feel is relevant to our scholarship decision making process.
We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at a workshop soon!
Andrew and Gabriella