Curry Stone Foundation

Curry Stone Foundation


Curry Stone

We believe that public health requires that all people have access to shelter, healthcare, education, and clean air, food and water. We also believe that true public health requires people to live in a time of peace.

Clifford Curry and Delight Stone are the founders of the Curry Stone Foundation, a registered US 501(c)3 non- profit corporation in the state of Oregon. Taryn Turner is the Director of the Foundation. The majority of the foundational support goes to individuals who are already engaged in tangible, innovative projects to build healthy communities. We seek to increase the impact of these creative and constructive individuals by supporting them during their efforts to develop visionary approaches to achieve change. We have four board members who meet periodically to The majority of the foundation’s funding goes to the Curry Stone Design Prize, which is managed by Emiliano Gandolfi, Director of the Prize. Other recipients work in the area of empowerment and creation of community vitality/public health. These recipients of support include:

Qigong Sensory Training combines Western medicine with Chinese massage therapy in efforts to lessen the sensory challenges for children with autism. For over a decade the Foundation supported research by Dr. Silva. These results appear in peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork. Funding has also allowed Dr. Silva to produce videos, websites and books, available in multiple languages, to help train countless parents in the methodology, and to establish a base of experienced trainers to help families.
Earth Activist Training brings the knowledge and resources of permaculture, a form of regenerative ecological design, to those with greatest needs and fewest resources. The group’s projects include: organizing visual exhibitions and public training in permaculture, developing processes to bio-remediate contaminated soil, and growing an alumni community of people interested in permaculture. The Curry Stone Foundation offers support to Starhawk and Ms. Read, artists who have long found ways to apply original, creative and multi-disciplinary approaches to systems. Their works have been read and watched by thousands of people, beloved for the ways they offer positive visions of individual empowerment and practical solutions for local, regional, and international problems. The Foundation helped fund their documentary Permaculture: the Growing Edges, (produced by Starhawk and Donna Read.)
The Mozambique Well Project addresses the lack of access to clean water in rural communities across Mozambique by drilling water wells. According to the United Nations, an estimated 57 percent of the rural population of Mozambique does not have access to potable water, a public health crisis that contributes to the country’s high child mortality rate. Through its partnership with the Maranatha Volunteers International, the Mozambique Well Project, via Garry Berndt, drilled more than 1,000 wells in three years. Mr. Berndt’s 1000 wells that helped revitalize villages, allowing women freedom to follow other pursuits because they did not have to walk miles each day, and improved health for people of all ages in the communities.
Means of Exchange seeks to harness and build emerging technologies to democratize opportunities for economic self-sufficiency, to rebuild local communities and to promote a return to local resource use. Currently, the Curry Stone Foundation is helping fund Ken Banks in a project to develop an alternative currencies. The foundation has also contributed to the publication of The Reluctant Innovator, written by Means of Exchange founder Ken Banks.
The Curry Stone Foundation has supported Lisa Fithian, one of the founders of Alliance for Community Trainers, in the creation of a book and website. These both inform on practical skills when organizing for social change. The book is a manual, entitled Kicking Corporate Booty. It educates ordinary people in how to use creative nonviolent campaigns and direct actions to address problems and injustices, while also making positive and healthy changes in their lives and their community.
The Open Architecture Collaborative (formerly the Architecture for Humanity Chapter Network) is a global community of like-minded designers who address some of the most urgent issues that their communities are facing. Their work begins with the belief that every community should have a voice in the design of their built environment. They pursue that goal through participatory engagement and by fostering local grassroots design coalitions to build power within underserved communities. Chapter members provide professional schematic designs, needs assessments, and workshops in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations, community associations, municipalities and educational groups. In doing so, chapter members and volunteers gain hands-on experience while contributing to the design and development of local communities. The Chapter Network works daily in myriad ways to push the boundaries of public impact design and enlist the next generation of designers to address the most world’s pressing issues.
Chautauqua Poets & Writers (CP&W), run by a volunteer board, brings the country’s most respected authors to Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, a region far removed from the metropolitan areas of Portland and San Francisco. CP&W selects writers who can interact with people of all ages in different settings, and whose messages are accessible, insightful, and thought provoking. Naomi Shihab Nye was CP&W’s first writer in 2006, and since then CP&W has hosted two writers yearly. Each has given readings at Ashland High School’s Mountain Avenue Theatre, workshops for students of Rogue Valley schools and colleges, and presentations to student teachers and teachers of the Oregon Writing Project at Southern Oregon University. Among these writers are U.S. Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky, Ted Kooser, and Juan Felipe Herrera, as well as National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award winners Jane Hirshfield, Francine Prose, Tony Hoagland, Barry Lopez, and Mary Szybist. Others writers have been Alberto Ríos, Li-Young Lee, Mark Doty, Alexandra Fuller, Mark Salzman, Tobias Wolff, Matthew and Michael Dickman, Eavan Boland, Richard Blanco, Jane Hamilton, Kwame Dawes, Brian Doyle, and Natalie Diaz. Chautauqua Poets & Writers’ main sponsors are Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Humanities, and Curry Stone Foundation. Additional donations and funding provided by Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Ashland School District, SOU Division of Humanities and Culture, and individual donors.
Myna creates a network of young female entrepreneurs in urban slums who run a company that gives them voice by empowering them to talk about the things they are most afraid to discuss aloud. Myna provides women access to sanitary pads when she needs them, no matter where or who she is, by making and delivering pads to their door.
Curry Stone Foundation Grantee Blue Star Integrative Studio has been working to design and build a sustained community on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The project was initiated when Blue Star was brought in by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) to work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the planning and design of a sustained community: a gathering place honoring the wisdom of Lakota/Dakota/Nakota lifeways and indigenous cultural practices. The intent was to create a shared space that could demonstrate a greater harmony with nature, with less dependence on fossil fuels, by drawing on millennia of Native American cultural and ecological practices. The project was gaining momentum as the Army Corps of Engineers declared that a full Environmental Impact Statement would be required for the Dakota Access Pipeline to go through. This was seen as a major victory – both for the environment and for Native American Land rights. In February 2017, President Trump was making it known that the Dakota Access pipeline was going to go through by force, if necessary, leading to disturbing assaults on protestors. The Trump administration declared that an Environmental Impact Statement would not be required, legally clearing the path for the pipeline to go through. Blue Star has continued to work. They are now investigating moving part of the project to another Native American reservation in South Dakota, who themselves are gearing up for a Round 2 battle against the Keystone XL pipeline. The Curry Stone Foundation is proud to support groups like Blue Star as they support the efforts of Native American tribes to protect their own land. Shifting project venues illustrate the challenges in undertaking work like this – Blue Star, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and others are in a continual struggle merely to assert control over their own land, and basic environmental rights.