Digital Exchange Webinar: The Power of Stories to Bring Communities Together

April 27, 2017

Join community organizers from Minnesota, Missouri, and Tennessee for this Digital Exchange webinar focused on the power of stories to bring people together in community. You’ll hear from the organizer of a national festival, the founder of a regional museum, and a local writer and media artist about their experiences lifting up diverse narratives to contribute to their community’s sense of place. Cheryal Lee Hills joins the conversation as a regional development leader using storytelling as an intentional practice for community development.


  • Cheryal Lee Hills, Region Five Development Commission
  • Faye Dant, Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center
  • Kiran Singh Sirah, International Storytelling Center
  • Lauren Carlson, Poet and media producer

About the Digital Exchange Webinars:
Roughly every three weeks, these Digital Exchanges will offer an opportunity for folks to come together and engage with leaders working across the dynamic range of ­fields that compose the foundation of rural creative placemaking. Each of these one hour Digital Exchanges will feature 2-4 voices from across the country, sharing speci­fic themes, challenges, and opportunities we collectively encounter in this work. This Digital Exchange series is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation, and is produced at the Outpost collaborative space in Winona, Minnesota, national headquarters of Art of the Rural.