Wisconsin Creative Summit 2017

November 29, 2017 The Tie That Binds: Telling your story in and through the arts, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm, at The IDEA Center, Stevens Point: a day-long networking and learning conference for people who are involved in and care about the arts in their communities, featuring Savannah Barrett of The […]


November 11, 2017 On Saturday, November 11, the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange comes back to Louisville for the 2017 RUX Fall Fair. The Fall Fair kicks off at 5:00 PMat Louisville’s Fresh Start Grower’s Supply – home to the Flea Off Market, Phoenix Hill Farmer’s Market, and more – with kid’s games until 8 PM and music til’ 10 PM. Kentucky […]

Wyoming Arts Summit

November 4, 2017 RUPRI Next Generation leader Savannah Barrett will give the closing keynote for the Wyoming Arts Summit’s 50th Anniversary convening. This event is an opportunity for Wyomingites to come together, learn from one another, and empower the state’s creative sector. The summit offers professional development tracks for arts advocates, administrators, educators, and artists, […]

Public Transformation Exhibition Opening Events

October 20, 2017 – October 22, 2017 RUPRI partner Art of the Rural will present Public Transformation, a cross-country documentary art project highlighting how rural-based artists and arts organizations make their communities a more vibrant, healthy, connected place to live, at their Outpost Winona space October 20-22. Ashley Hanson’s little yellow school bus acted as a mobile artist residency to document […]

Digital Exchange Webinar: Knowledge Building in Rural Creative Placemaking

July 19, 2017 Since 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been targeting investment and technical assistance towards creative placemaking. 2017 marks the fourth cycle of NEA funding supporting projects that “Build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking,” which has sustained “Next Generation: The Future of Rural Arts and Culture Placemaking in Rural America” since our launch. […]

RUPRI Partner, Art of the Rural Program Director Savannah Barrett, interviewed about the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange in the Wall Street Journal

“What we have found is that it’s really difficult to hate someone you’ve had deep, meaningful, transformative experiences with—and whose community you’ve really come to value because you’ve felt welcome and appreciated there.” –Savannah Barrett, Director of Programs at Art of the Rural and Co-founder of the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange is featured in The […]

Listen to IPR Story: Human-Horse Bond Reflect Rural & Urban Culture

Listen to Radio Story Talk of IowaHuman-Horse Bond Reflect Rural & Urban CultureBy JOHN PEMBLE A fiberglass horse head with mirrored surface eyes is part of the work “Switch” by M12 Studio. This Colorado based organization was commissioned by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation to put a temporary work of art at the […]

Matthew Fluharty, Executive Director of Art of the Rural, will be presenting at : Mississippi River Panorama, Minnesota Marine Art Museum

February 18, 2016 Matthew Fluharty will be presenting at : Mississippi River Panorama, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, February 18, 6-7pm. From boat punks to local historians, from Mark Twain to Lil Wayne, Mississippi River Panorama will offer a wide-ranging look at how the river, its economy, and its environment have shaped American culture. From Winona […]

Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange Steering Committee Meeting

October 25, 2015 – October 26, 2015 Launched by partner organizations Art of the Rural & Appalshop, the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange is inspiring statewide collaboration between arts, agriculture, and small business as driving forces in economic development. The Exchange is a new approach to creative placemaking that builds a statewide constellation network and integrates key sectors in […]