What We Do
What we do
Mountain House attempts to move between a few intersecting strategies for cultural work. We understand the role of art-making, knowledge building, and care to be interlocking forms of participation that are inextricable from one another and have distinct impacts on quality of life and the perpetuation of supremacist culture. Likewise, the scope of “cultural work” for Mountain House is broad and can be understood in this context as any form, gesture, or intervention that acts upon the existing cultural landscape with the intent to transform conditions into a state in which collective liberation is possible. Within this expanded space we endeavor toward our goals through projects that can very much look like “art” but also through forms of community organizing, the creation of mutual aid networks, direct action, and thoughtful care for the lands we live with. Our three primary territories of participation are entry points into transformative engagement with an ecology of our collective experiences that is formed between land, relationships, and culture.
Projects that utilize visual, spatial, literary, and performative methods of cultural production that enact care for one another, invite folx into the conversation, build personal and collective power, heal, and make tangible the practices of radical cultural stewardship in its various forms.
△ KNOWLEDGE BUILDING
Projects that utilize research, archival, documentary, and pedagogical practices to build vocabulary, protect and share knowledges of underrepresented communities and ideas, create and document cultural knowledges critical for the political development of folx with privilege.
△ CONNECTION AND CARE
Projects that focus on fortifying relationships to each other, ourselves, and to the lands we live on through restorative labor, direct political action, resource liberation and redistribution, and initiatives that produce observable and felt improvements to quality of life.