THE COMMON FIRE FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit that works towards social change and environmental sustainability. I lived in their model housing co-operative in Tivoli, NY for two years while earning my Masters of Music at Bard College - surrounded by 37 acres of preserved Hudson Valley land, with an incredibly supportive group of individuals. I could not have imagined a better environment to foster my creative ideas, and aid me in understanding the responsibility I have as an artist in our world.
Read more about how The Common Fire Housing Co-op honored the history of the land on which we lived at this link:
HONORING OUR NATIVE PREDECESSORS ON THE LAND
For the 98 percent of us in the United States who are not Native American, what does it mean to live in this country today, to live in the shadow of what was done to the native people? What does it mean to be living on and trading in land and resources that were taken from the native people through intense and chronic violence and deceit?
The Common Fire Housing Co-op was created in 2005 in New York’s Hudson Valley with a vision of providing a home for people who wish to be very intentional about living in a just and sustainable way. One of the four core principles was Aligning Our Lives with Our Beliefs. We shared a sense that much of the violence and destruction in the world today arises not from malice, but from people being invested in the current systems and contributing to them in small ways that add up and give the systems power. And so we sought to think and act together to try to weave greater integrity into our everyday lives and into our work and service in the world.
Please visit the website: www.commonfire.org