Art of the Rural is a collaborative organization with a mission to advance rural culture and quality of life through relationships that connect communities, cultivate dialogue, and forward rural-urban exchange.

This work began in 2009 as a blog, with a mission to help build the field of the rural arts, create new narratives on rural culture and community, and contribute to the emerging rural arts and culture movement. By 2018, the Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking initiative, Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, Outpost Winona, and a range of affiliated projects, Art of Rural’s work invites a broad range of rural people to contribute projects and media efforts that embody the value, diversity, and nuance of contemporary rural culture and inspire lasting connections to rural people and places.