Cross-Currents: Art+Agriculture Powering Rural Economies


Cross-Currents:  Art+Agriculture
powering rural economies
September 3-5, 2014 | Greensboro, NC
JOIN RURAL PRACTITIONERS AND LEADERS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST FOR 3 DAYS OF DIALOGUE, WORKSHOPS + EXPLORATION


OF HOW PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE CREATIVE ARTS AND AGRICULTURE ARE PRODUCING INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES.

ART-FORCE AND THE NATIONAL RURAL ASSEMBLY ARE 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. The conference responds to the need for creative solutions to distressed economies whether in small rural towns, impoverished neighborhoods, or communities without resources and infrastructure.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Artists-artisans-designers, rural leaders and advocates, elected and agency representatives, CSAs and CDCs, food producers and distributors, policy researchers and scholars, entrepreneurs and small business owners who seek creative approaches to ensuring greater quality of life within their communities.

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Cross-Currents: Art+Agriculture Powering Rural Economies

Art Force & National Rural Assembly Call for Sessions, Presenters, Facilitators


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.

The Cross-Currents : Arts + Agriculture Powering Rural Economies Program Planning Committee is seeking presenters, facilitators, workshop leaders, and topic ideas for multiple time slots throughout this conference. We are looking for diverse leadership and bold ideas, experiences, and examples that can speak to and further our thinking within the following six focus areas:
Artisan + Agricultural Entrepreneurs

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)

Creative Infrastructure

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)
Rural Ingenuity + Creativity

What models exist for identifying rural cultural and agricultural assets and building on those assets to create viable economic opportunities?
Getting to Scale

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.)
Your Story

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?
Policy

How are local, state, and federal resources being used to support arts and agriculture? What models exist for effective, supportive policy?
Proposals, addressing one of the above categories, should align with one of the following formats:
Workshop

Ninety or one-hundred twenty minute interactive discussion with prepared curriculum
Panel

Sixty, seventy-five, or ninety minute facilitated discussion among no more than three (3) participants
Innovative Practice Presentation

Twenty minute talk
Hands-On Activity

Thirty minute engagement with conference participants in a plenary session
Theresa A. Cameron
Local Arts Services
202-371-2830
The National Service Organization for America’s Local Arts Agencies
Art Force & National Rural Assembly Call for Sessions, Presenters, Facilitators

Cross Currents: Art + Agriculture



September 3-5, 2014 | Greensboro, NC
JOIN RURAL PRACTITIONERS AND LEADERS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST FOR 3 DAYS OF DIALOGUE, WORKSHOPS + EXPLORATION


OF HOW PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE CREATIVE ARTS AND AGRICULTURE ARE PRODUCING INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES.

ART-FORCE AND THE NATIONAL RURAL ASSEMBLY ARE 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. The conference responds to the need for creative solutions to distressed economies whether in small rural towns, impoverished neighborhoods, or communities without resources and infrastructure.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Artists-artisans-designers, rural leaders and advocates, elected and agency representatives, CSAs and CDCs, food producers and distributors, policy researchers and scholars, entrepreneurs and small business owners who seek creative approaches to ensuring greater quality of life within their communities.

Cross Currents: Art + Agriculture

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Submit an Expression of Interest to the FCC by the March 7th deadline.
Sample EOI’s are available here
On January 30th, the Federal Communications Commission announced the
Rural Broadband Experiments– an initiative soliciting proposals to bring high-speed Internet service to Rural America. For the first time, cooperatives, municipalities, nonprofits, anchor institutions, and Tribal governments are able to access federal funding to bring broadband service to rural areas.
 
This is a historic opportunity for rural advocates and entities committed to closing
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the digital divide in rural communities.
The Rural Broadband Policy Group of the National Rural Assembly hosted a webinar where Jonathan Chambers, Chief of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, talked about how advocates, Internet providers, and anchor institutions can participate in the experiments. Interested parties were asked to submit an “Expression of Interest” by March 7.
The FCC will determine the amount of funding to allocate in the Rural Broadband Experiments based on the number of Expressions of Interest submitted.
Deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is
March 7, 2014.
Whether you are an interested Internet provider or a concerned community advocate, the RBPG highly encourages you to submit an Expression of Interest.
Below you can find sample Expressions of Interest and where to file your EOI: 
For more information on how to file, please contact Edyael Casaperalta, RBPG Coordinator, at edyael@ruralstrategies.org.
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