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The Rural Arts and Culture Working Group
22 Jan 2014
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With support from the Robert E. Gard Foundation, board member Jennifer Armstrong attended a rural arts and culture convening in Ashland, Massachusetts, in August 2012.  The purpose of the gathering was to develop an organized effort that promotes a shared belief in the transformative power of the arts inrural America, and to emerge from the event with the basic framework for a movement that spans the country, that resonates acrosscultures, disciplines, and experiences and informs policy. It was an opportunity to begin to build a peer community - comprised of artists, writers, curators, practitioners, intermediaries, and funders from across geographies, cultures, and disciplines - focused on rural arts and its cultural applications. The meeting was organized by the Center for Rural Strategies with tremendous support from Art of the Rural and hosts at Double Edge Theatre

Funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board made possible a symposium on community arts development and the arts.  Funding also made possible one-time mini-grants for activities or programs embodying  ideas discussed during the symposium, identified by board members.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Art Challenges Community Cross-Cultural Culture Education Empowerment Innovation Rural Rural-Urban Technology YORA Conference/Lecture Movement/Campaign Northeast Administrator Government/Policy Worker
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