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Rural Arts and Culture Summit Register Today

Register today for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit!
Registration is now open for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Read more and register at www.racsumit.org.

The featured plenary session on Wednesday, June 7th, will bring together four cultural leaders to discuss a variety of cultural equity issues in small towns and how the arts can help create more inclusive communities:

Anton Treuer, an Ojibwe scholar from Bemidji, Minnesota

Michael Strand, a potter and activist from Fargo, North Dakota

Meredith Martin Moats, a folklorist and founder of the McElroy House in Dardanelle, Arkansas

Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate Roots from Utica, Mississippi

On Thursday, June 8, keynote speaker Dr. Jessica Metcalfe from Turtle Mountain, North Dakota, will share the stories and strategies behind her business, Beyond Buckskin, which empowers Native American artists and designers, advancing the quality of Native American fashion through education while providing an in-depth platform for societal participation. Inspired by historical and contemporary Native American clothing design and art, Beyond Buckskin promotes cultural appreciation, social relationships, authenticity and creativity.

Other highlights of the Summit will include:

“Range,” an exhibit in UMM’s Morrison Gallery curated by Andrew Nordin. Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to exhibit until April 1. More information about the exhibit can be found at www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/range

“A Steady and Irresistible Wind,” a site-specific, place-based performance installation created by artist Bethany Lacktorin, which will take place during the Summit on and nearby the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. A follow up to Lacktorin’s performance, My Ocean (2016), this piece is an ongoing exploration of diaspora where displacement, transition and growth as it occurs culturally, agriculturally, mentally and socially are expressed in story, music, movement and sound.

Workshops, panel conversations and demonstrations presented by over 30 practitioners throughout the nation.

Registration for the Summit is now open, with special early bird discounts available until April 19. Register here: http://bit.ly/RACSummitReg

Arts Advocacy Day 2017

1,000 arts advocates attended Arts Advocacy Day 2017 in St. Paul. Area residents, staff and board members met with northwestern Minnesota legislators to advocate for protecting the 47% of the Arts Legacy Fund and Maintaining the General Fund for the MN State Arts Board & Regional Arts Council System.

Minnesota Shorts Play Festival is Taking Submissions

The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival will be taking submissions of short plays (10 pages or less) from Jan. 1-March 1, 2017. Minnesota writers can submit up to two short plays in a pdf format. Put all information — postal address, name and phone contact — on the first title page. The plays are sent to judges in March, with 7 scripts chosen from Minnesota writers and 7 scripts from national writers. Each night the audience chooses a Best of the Fest award, with one playwright earning $100. Simply email your script to mnshorts@yahoo.com. The performances are family friendly, so nudity and excessive use of f-bombs will get your script tossed. The ninth annual festival will be performed Sept. 7 & 8 at the Lincoln Community Theatre in Mankato. For more information, go to www.mnshorts.com or call coordinator Greg Abbott at 507-420-1881.

Minnesota Shorts: A Festival of Short Plays
c/o Greg Abbott
805 Garfield Avenue
North Mankato, MN 56003
Day phone: 507-934-8133
www.mnshorts.com

2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit Seeking Proposals

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
DUE DECEMBER 5, 2016

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Springboard for the Arts, the Center for Small Towns and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota are seeking proposals for the 2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit, which will take place June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

The 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will gather rural artists, arts organizations and community and economic development leaders from the upper Midwest and beyond. The goal of the RAC Summit is to build capacity for long-term partnerships between artists and rural communities by facilitating cross-sector conversations and professional development workshops for up to 400 artists, board members/staff/volunteers of rural arts organizations, and rural development stakeholders.

They are looking for sessions and workshops that do any of the following:

*Provide resources or training to help individual artists and arts organizations thrive in rural communities.
*Bridge relationships between the arts and other sectors (such as health, economic development, environment, education, historic preservation) by providing stories of impact/lessons learned about artists engaging in rural community development issues.
*Celebrate diverse forms of creative expression in rural communities
*Inspire action for sustaining or growing support for rural arts and culture.

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please read the proposal guidelines before you submit your proposal. The deadline for submitting your proposal is midnight on Monday, December 5, 2016.

The proposal form can be found at this link: http://tinyurl.com/racproposals

For more information about the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, visit www.racsummit.org