From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places

From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?

The 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit gathered artists, arts organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories “from the ground up,” and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.