Art-Force and the National Rural Assemblyare hosting a convening of rural practitioners and leaders, artisans and artists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, policy makers and nonprofit organizations for three days of dialogue, workshops, and exploration of how partnerships between the creative arts and agriculture can produce innovative strategies for economic redevelopment and well-being in rural and economically distressed communities.
What promising practices exist to build the entrepreneurial skills of artists and farmers? How are artists being connected to manufacturing opportunities? (ie: mentoring and apprentice programs, artists in residence in culinary arts programs, agripreneur training, rapid prototyping and innovative industrial design)
What physical, organizational, and social infrastructure can more effectively support the creative and ag sectors? What unique models exist across rural and urban America that might inform how we move forward? (ie: repurposing Main Street buildings, developing community alliances, organizing a food hub)
What models exist for identifying rural cultural and agricultural assets and building on those assets to create viable economic opportunities?
How can local food entrepreneurs and local artisans better engage with demand to grow opportunities? (ie: unique food distribution models; niche value-added agriculture; arts incubators and aggregators; food processing, packaging, and distribution; fabrication; etc.)
How do you make the case for the impact that arts and ag have on rural places? How do you attract investors to move your work forward?
How are local, state, and federal resources being used to support arts and agriculture? What models exist for effective, supportive policy?
Ninety or one-hundred twenty minute interactive discussion with prepared curriculum
Sixty, seventy-five, or ninety minute facilitated discussion among no more than three (3) participants
Twenty minute talk
Thirty minute engagement with conference participants in a plenary session