Appalshop and the Spirit of Regeneration in Central Appalachia

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Whitesburg’s Main Street at Dusk By Savannah Barrett Similar to other regions with a history of extractive industry, the central coalfields are experiencing a startling economic transition. As…

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April’s Featured Year of the Rural Arts Event: ArtFields Lake City, South Carolina

Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Savannah Barrett In its second year, ArtFields is a unique Arts Competition and Celebration held in Lake City, South Carolina, a rural agricultural hub once renowned for the…

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Rachel Reynolds Luster and the Myrtle Public Library Featured in Rural Missouri Magazine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Photograph by Paul Newton, Rural Missouri By Matthew Fluharty Rachel Reynolds Luster, Founding Project Steward of Art of the Rural, has been in the news many times over…

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On the Road to Kingdom Come: The Higher Ground Project

Friday, March 28, 2014

On the Road to Kingdom Come: The Higher Ground Project By Savannah Barrett There’s an imagery associated with places like Harlan County, Kentucky. Deep in the Southeast corner…

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The Tri-National Sonoran Desert Symposium

Monday, March 17, 2014

March’s Featured Year of the Rural Arts Event: The Tri-National Sonoran Desert Symposium International Sonoran Desert Alliance, Ajo, AZ By Savannah Barrett The third-annual Tri-National Symposium in Ajo,…

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“I want my kids to hear these stories and know who they are.”

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Photograph by Lezlie Sterling; from the Sacramento Bee’s coverage of the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering By Matthew Fluharty A month ago, the Western Folklife Center hosted the…

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The Broader Picture: Remembering John Kinsman

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

John Kinsman joining farmers and activists in Mali; via WhyHunger By Savannah Barrett At the suggestion of our partners at the Wormfarm Institute, today we remember the life and…

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The 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The 2012 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering; Jessica Brandi Lifland By Savannah Barrett Founded in 1985 by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is one of…

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The Wormfarm Institute: Starting Seed and Taking Root in Rural Wisconsin

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

[Editor’s Note: This article is the continuation of The State of the Rural Arts series– reflections, interviews, features, and online installations that seek to articulate historical context while also…

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Feminist Art Advancing Social Change in Rural Kentucky

Monday, November 11, 2013

Photograph from a “Stories from Da Dirt” production. By Dr. Judith Jennings and Savannah Barrett                          …

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