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WHAT IS THE RURAL ARTS AND CULTURE SUMMIT?

The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is a biannual, practitioner-driven gathering that celebrates and expands the field of rural arts-based community development by providing a space for learning, relationship building and celebration about the role of art and creativity in building strong, healthy and resilient rural communities.

Since it’s launch in Fergus Falls, Minnesota in 2011, and three gatherings in Morris, Minnesota hosted by the Center for Small Towns, the RAC Summit has convened more than 1,300 people from across the country, establishing a rich network of exchange among some of the most creative individuals who are driving their rural communities forward.

 

WHEN AND WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

The 2019 Summit will take place October 3 – 5, 2019 at the Reif Center for Performing Arts in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. There will be local tours and an evening welcome reception on Thursday, October 3rd, a full day of sessions on Friday, October 4th, and a half day of sessions on Saturday, October 5th.

Grand Rapids is located about 194 miles North of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and 84 miles Northwest of Duluth, MN.

 

WHO IS IT ORGANIZED BY?

The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is organized by Springboard for the Arts. This year’s Summit collaborating partners are the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Reif Center for Performing Arts, the MacRostie Art Center and Visit Grand Rapids.

 

HOW CAN I LEARN ABOUT PAST EVENTS?

You can read more about previous Rural Arts and Culture Summits in the following articles:

Rural Midwestern artists on the cultural divide: “We can save this world” (Jenna Ross, Star Tribune; June 16, 2017)

Minnesota farm country’s newest crop: the arts (Kristen Tillotson, Star Tribune; August 9, 2013)

A gathering and a weaving: A view from the Rural Arts and Culture Summit (Matthew Fluharty, National Endowment for the Arts Artworks blog; June 12, 2013)

 

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Registration for the Summit will open in April 2019. We are currently accepting session ideas, which are due Tuesday, March 5th, 2019. Click here to submit a proposal.

Interested in being a sponsor or providing scholarships? Please email racsummit@springboardforthearts.org for more information.