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2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Springboard for the Arts announces the 2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Registration is open for the biennial gathering of rural creatives, which will highlight the creative economy, cultural equity and arts-based youth development in rural places

Grand Rapids, MN — Registration is now open for the fifth biennial Rural Arts and Culture Summit, an event organized by Springboard for the Arts, which gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts-based strategies to rural community and economic development. The event will take place October 3 – 5, 2019 at the Reif Center for Performing Arts in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and will offer over 25 workshops and presentations led by rural arts and culture practitioners from across the country. Tickets and more information can be found at www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com.

This year’s Summit has an emphasis on the intersection between the creative economy and cultural equity in rural places. 

About the Rural Arts and Culture Summit

The Rural Arts and Culture Summit was founded in 2011 in Fergus Falls. The 2019 Summit is organized by Springboard for the Arts in partnership with the Reif Center for Performing Arts, MacRostie Arts Center, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Visit Grand Rapids. This year’s event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Blandin Foundation, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The Summit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information visit their website at http://ruralartsandculturesummit.com.

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 deadline for early bird registration is April 19. We will be coordinating a ride share. Please contact our office ASAP about the scholarship and ride share. You will need to complete a form to receive the scholarship monies. Call us at 218-745-9111 for more information.

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

Rural Creative Placemaking Summit


Interested in exploring the topic of rural creative placemaking? The Rural Creative Placemaking Summit will be held October 12-14, 2016 at the University of Iowa. The Summit seeks to enhance cross-sector collaboration, elevate intercultural perspectives within the field, and build policy presence for deeper consideration of rural creative placemaking. The practice of rural creative placemaking – as a field, a strategy for economic development, will be examined, as well as the opportunity to help sustain the culture and community of our rural places. The agenda includes plenary panels, breakouts, and social events with the goal of bringing people together to build relationships, share their work and promote collaboration. Rural America includes a richly varied range of cultures, landscapes, economies, and experiences. The Rural Creative Placemaking Summit hopes to showcase this diversity of rural genius. Registration is now open here.


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Registration is NOW OPEN for the RURAL ARTS AND CULTURE SUMMIT that will be happening in Morris, Minnesota June 2-4, 2015.

“From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places”

The summit this year will highlight the important role of art and culture in shaping the rural narrative.  It will explore models that support individual artists and their careers, communities that incorporate arts and culture into the development strategies.

The 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories “from the ground up”. People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures.

Learn More Here via Springboard for the Arts

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Keynote Speaker Theresa Secord, photo by Steve Wewerka



Featured Speaker will be Theresa Secord, founder of the Maine Indian Basketweaver’s Associations and Winner of Creativity in Rural Life award.




What: 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit: From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places
When: Tuesday June 2 (Welcome Reception), Wednesday June 3 & Thursday June 4, 2015
Where: Center for Small Towns, University of Minnesota, Morris, 600 East 4th Street
Morris, Minnesota 56267
How Much: Early-Bird registration through April 22, both days for $100, single day for $70; regular registration after April 23, both days for $125, single day for $90
More Info: www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com

Scholarships are available.  Contact Mara at (218)-745-9111 for more information.