Art of Community to present at Rural Arts & Culture Summit 2019

Stories of rural successes head to Minnesota


The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is a biennial, 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 of the role of art and creativity in building strong, healthy and resilient rural communities.

Since its 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.

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

  • Oct. 3-5, 2019
  • Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Reif Center for Performing Arts

Pam Breaux, CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, will share creative policy solutions that draw on home-grown arts and cultural assets to address the urgent issues facing rural America. Following this keynote, Breaux will lead a conversation with three national leaders, Susan DuPlessis (South Carolina Arts Commission), Em Johnson (Blue Sky Center), and Michele Anderson (Springboard for the Arts) who are each leading bold arts-based economic and community development strategies in their own communities. (Per the Grand Rapids Herald Review)

Breaux serves as national co-chair of the S.C. Arts Commission program “Art of Community – Rural SC” which is directed by DuPlessis. “Art of Community – Rural SC” advances the South Carolina Arts Commission’s commitment to rural development through arts, culture and creative placemaking. The initial pilot project was launched in 2016 in six rural South Carolina counties.


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