The Lost Arts Collaborative of North America

We are happy to report that the Lost Arts Collaborative has gained independent 501(c)(3) status and LCAT will no longer be acting as its fiscal sponsor.

The Lost Arts Collaborative is an innovative web-based business initiative planning to operate as a virtual non-profit 501(c)3 business with our physical premises hosted by Flintlock Farm in Still River, Massachusetts, 01467. Still River is a hamlet within the town of Harvard and having a zip code of 01467. Our web site and e-mail addresses use the suffix “NA” for North America. We also serve other geographies outside the North American region as the Lost Arts Collaborative is very much a global business opportunity. Before we establish the vision and mission, let’s first put in place a definition of both “the lost arts” and “endangered arts”.

Definition of “The Lost and Endangered Arts”
Lost and / or endangered arts are those traditions, cultural practices, methods, skills, and work disciplines that are in real or potential danger from “dying out” i.e. may not be passed on to future generations of individuals to carry the knowledge forward. This risk is associated with 3 major problems:

1. Documented Knowledge – The knowledge that encompasses these “arts” may not be documented (i.e. placed in a form that is transferable to an apprentice).

2. Educational Forums – There may not be educational outlets, resources or apprentices in place to have a chance to receive education and training for adopting the “art”.

3. Sponsorship – The lack of sponsors or patrons to fund the continuation of the art may not be in place to assist the “knowledge holder” in passing on their art.

Vision
The vision of The Lost Arts Collaborative is to identify, aggregate, assist, document, and promote the knowledge, wisdom, ingenuity, and individuality of artisans, educators, and mentors who are associated with specialized communities of interest that fall within one or more of the following art-related categories…

• Artisan and Craft-related
• Culinary
• Domestic
• Farming
• Folk & Folklore
• Gardening & Landscaping
• Healing
• Lingual
• Performing
• Ranching
• Visual

We believe that there is a need to help those communities of interest (and the ecosystem of interest that they create) in documenting their art or craft by nailing down the underlying knowledge that drives it. We want to assist “lost art” community leaders to create community ecosystems that flourish and thrive. We can achieve this vision by helping individuals to document their knowledge. We can also help the lost art community to pass along their knowledge to others which, in turn, helps to build the ecosystem of patrons, followers, benefactors, novices, apprentices, etc. Some of the lost art communities may have been around for centuries. Others may be newly emerging. Our role is focused on identifying and helping those communities that may be considered in jeopardy. For instance, a specialized herbal craft may be in jeopardy of losing “critical mass” because the mentors, leaders, and / or masters that possess the knowledge may not be in a position to pass it on to others for a whole variety of reasons. Our role is to guide others in documenting the knowledge that is associated with the lost or dying art… and turn it into a form that can be transferred successfully to others such as through a course or seminar. By providing our assistance, we can help novices to adopt the practice or learn the lost art and carry it forward.

Mission
The Lost Arts Collaborative of North America, Inc. provides a business incubator for the “lost arts” and communities of interest whose knowledge may be in danger of not being passed to future generations to carry the knowledge forward. We assist and guide endangered communities and newly emerging communities of interest that would like to pass their knowledge on to others in one or more structured ways such as through seminars, practice documentation, books, discussion groups, lectures, demonstrations, etc. Our ability to support these communities takes two basic forms; the first is farm and other venues for physical face-to-face mentor / apprentice interaction, while the second is a web-based collaboration capability that offers specific tools and techniques for supporting the community ecosystem. Our technology provides strong collaborative services for the lost arts community to interact, document and disseminate knowledge, and attract additional individuals to educate and patrons who may help to sponsor their community.

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