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

The Rural Arts and Culture Working Group of the National Rural Assembly


The Rural Arts and Culture Working Group of the National Rural Assembly will launch a series of virtual conversations throughout 2014 that will bring together rural artists, leaders, practitioners, funders, and other rural advocates, to talk about what’s happening in the rural arts, sample some models, and encourage more camaraderie among practitioners. They will use Google Hangouts as the platform for these conversations. Send an email to whitney.crs@gmail.com to get added to the circle. The first hour is March 19 @ 4pm eastern to discuss the Year of the Rural Arts with The Art Of The Rural. #ruralarts http://ruralassembly.org/rural-arts-happy-hour
The Rural Arts and Culture Working Group of the National Rural Assembly

Citizens Institute on Rural Design Now Accepting Applications


Citizens Institute on Rural Design Now Accepting Applications
Here’s an item of interest for folks who are active in rural community development:
The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) recently released a call for proposals for a new round of funding. CIRD helps communities with populations of 50,000 or less to harness the power of design in their community planning economic development efforts. CIRD offers annual competitive funding to as many as four small towns to host community design workshops that link local leaders with teams of design, planning and creative placemaking experts. The applicationdeadline for 2014 awards is May 6. CIRD, a design initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, is conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Project for Public Spaces, the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters Partnership.
State arts agencies may wish to alert your rural partners and constituents to this opportunity, which could be of special interest to communities interested in starting cultural district programs or creative placemaking efforts. For more information, visit http://rural-design.org/.
Citizens Institute on Rural Design Now Accepting Applications

THE YEAR OF THE RURAL ARTS


THE YEAR OF THE RURAL ARTS is a biennial program of events, conversations, and online features celebrating the diverse, vital ways in which rural arts and culture contribute to American life. This inaugural effort will connect citizens, artists, scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs and meet with audiences on the grounds of universities, museums and galleries, cultural organizations, and across rural and urban communities.
The Year is coordinated by Art of the Ruraland organized by a collective of individuals, organizations, and communities from rural and urban locales across the nation. Art of the Rural fosters an open source philosophy of sharing resources and ideas, and it values exchange across regions, cultures, and disciplines.
Collaboration is at the heart of this work. Do you have a vision for an event, project, or calendar posting? Are you interested in featuring your work on the Atlas of Rural Arts and Culture or the Art of the Rural site? Would your organization like to become a partner in this work?
Please contact info@artoftherural.org or say hello on Facebookor Twitter.
Be sure to use the Year of the Rural Arts hashtag #ruralartsto share social media posts on rural arts and culture in 2014.
THE YEAR OF THE RURAL ARTS

The National Service Organization for America’s Local Arts Agencies


The National Service Organization for America’s Local Arts Agencies
NPR is asking for stories about rural America. 
What’s the one thing about your town that you want to share with a national audience?  Click here to contribute your story to this new NPR program.
A new program on NPR is interested in hearing real stories from rural people about rural places.  The State of the Re: Union will profile small towns and communities by attempting to get to the heart of what it means to live in rural America.  
This is an opportunity to talk about what is happening in our communities, why our young people leave and also return, what we hope for the future, and how we’re making a difference.
Share your story.  Why do you live in rural?  Why did you return? Why is your community important?  What’s the ONE thing you want a national audience to know about your rural America?
Let’s fill up those airwaves! 
The National Service Organization for America’s Local Arts Agencies

Rural Arts Services


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Here’s a nice addition to the grant-making fact sheets produced by NASAA.
From Kelly Liu “I wanted to inform you that NASAA has released a new fact sheet highlighting SAA support for arts in rural communities. The fact sheet provides statistics and visualizations describing grant-making in rural communities. This is a new addition to our suite of recently updated grant-making fact sheets.”

Rural Arts Services