The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is a biennial, practitioner-driven gathering that celebrates and expands the field of rural arts-based community development.

The 2019 Summit will take place October 3 – 5, 2019 at the Reif Center for Performing Arts in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Click here to read our latest press release.


Featured Speakers


Pam Breaux

President and CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies


Tim Lampkin

Co-founder and CEO of Higher Purpose Co. (Clarksdale, Mississippi)


Em Johnson

Executive Director of Blue Sky Center (Cuyama Valley, California)


Susan DuPlessis

Community Arts Development Director for South Carolina Arts Commission (Columbia, South Carolina)


Delina White

Anishinaabe fashion designer and bead work artist (Onigum, Minnesota)


Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux

Mayor of Grand Marais, Minnesota


Moira Villiard

Artist, Activist, and Arts and Cultural Program Coordinator, American Community Indian Housing Organization


Whitney Kimball Coe

Coordinator of the National Rural Assembly (Athens, Tennessee)


Annie Humphrey

Native American Music Awards 2018 Artist of the Year (Deer River, Minnesota)


Sonja Merrild

Director of Grants, Blandin Foundation (Grand Rapids, Minnesota)


Jamie Horter

Rural advocate, small town artist and community coach (Lyons, Nebraska)


Thomas X

Hip hop artist (Red Lake Band Ojibwe)

2019 Organizing Partners


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