The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange is featured in The Daily Yonder

RUX in the Daily Yonder

Last week, the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange program was featured in The Daily Yonder, a multi-media source of news, commentary, research, and features published by the Center for Rural Strategies, a non-profit media organization based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Yonder’s Shawn Poynter reached out to Rural-Urban Exchange organizers Savannah Barrett (Art of the Rural) and Josh May (Appalshop) to learn more about how the partnership between two Kentucky-based arts organizers has brought together folks from across the state to break down regional borders.

To read the article, visit: http://www.dailyyonder.com/breaking-down-rural-urban-barriers/2016/01/27/10763/


About the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange:

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 partnership strategies that address our shared social and economic future.

In the past two years, the Rural-Urban Exchange network has assembled seventy five next generation leaders from every corner of the Commonwealth to connect network, build collective impact models, and develop systems for resource sharing within local communities and across regions of Kentucky. With new partners in 2015 including the Kentucky Arts Council and Maiden Alley Cinema, the Exchange connected leaders from the coalfields of Appalachia to the cities of Louisville, Lexington, and Covington, to the river towns of southwestern Kentucky.

We have activated network members in 16 counties in Kentucky, brought together over 20 locally-owned businesses to discuss KY’s shared economic future, facilitated over a dozen statewide collaborations in sectors ranging from small business, to community development, visual arts & agriculture. These networks are committed to advancing projects that not only provide significant economic impact, but cultivate place-based development that improves quality of life for Kentuckians.

RUX at Americana in Louisville. Art making Mapping RuralUrban Connections. Photo by Aron Conaway
Rural-Urban Exchange members map their experiences in the state of Kentucky at the Americana Community Center in Louisville, 2015.
Photo Credit: Aron Conaway

In 2016, the Rural-Urban Exchange will gather in Lexington, Paducah, and Harlan County. Applications for the program will become available in March, 2016. Together, we are creating opportunities for Kentuckians to cultivate relationships across divides in order to build a more unified and equitable Commonwealth for all. To learn more about the project, visit artoftherural.org/rux or follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyRUX/




Listening: “Call the Days,” Nadia Reid

“I was happy on my own / I would call the days as they were known”

Nadia Reid’s debut full-length album Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs is the culmination of ten years’ writing.

The seeds of Reid’s song writing were sewn while she was growing up in Port Chalmers. Bob Scott, from The Bats, was her guitar teacher for a while but the pivotal moment came a little later.

Reid and Hannah Harding, who plays under the name Aldous Harding, started to sing and write music together. One summer they lived together. That led to performing together, and Nadia’s course was set.

Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs is out soon in the US via Scissor Tail records. More information here.




Reading/Looking: “Down at the Sweetheart Rink” and the Photography of Bill Yates

“I had just purchased a medium-format, twin-lens camera, and, as usual, I was out riding around looking for something to shoot,” [Bill Yates] says. Sweetheart Roller Skating caught his eye. The Sweetheart was in a distinctly rural area of Hillsborough County called Six Mile Creek, beyond the Palm River east of downtown Tampa. Old Florida was still Old Florida then. Disney World had opened only a year earlier and had barely begun its transformation of Central Florida.

“The owner was just driving up,” he recalls. “‘Mind if I shoot some pics?’ I asked. He said, ‘Sure, but if you want some good ones, come back tonight — this place will be jumpin’.’” He took his Mamiya C330, a Honeywell Strobonar flash, and eight rolls of Tri-X 220 black-and-white film. He shot every roll.”

Chuck Reece writing in the bitter southerner on the upcoming Bill Yates exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.