June’s Featured Year of the Rural Arts Event: Seedtime on the Cumberland in Whitesburg, Kentucky

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Video footage of Seedtime on the Cumberland 2010 By Savannah Barrett and Carrie Carter Appalshop’s Seedtime on the Cumberland is a time for celebration and homecoming in Whitesburg….

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WMMT’s June Appal Spotlight: Lee Sexton

Monday, June 2, 2014

Lee Sexton in his garden in Linefork, Kentucky. Photo credit Parker Hobson. Art of the Rural will feature several installments of WMMT’s June Appal Spotlight throughout the Year…

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May’s Featured Year of the Rural Arts Event: ArtSpring Tucker County, West Virginia

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tucker County students participate in a WPA-style mural design contest; winners have their designs posted on Davis’ Shop n Save wall By Savannah Barrett This Memorial Day weekend,…

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The Arts in Smaller Communities (And their Encouragement) by Robert Gard

Monday, May 12, 2014

“Gard in Field” University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives, Used With Permission By Savannah Barrett Maryo Gard Ewell and the Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation recently shared with Art…

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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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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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Duck Dynasty and Rural Civil Religion: A Report from an Iowa Farm

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By Kenyon Gradert News broke of Phil Robertson’s remarks a few days before my wife and I left for my parents’ Iowa farm. Both of us teachers, we…

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From the Archives: Luk Thung and Thai Country Music

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Luk Thung is known to many as Thailand’s “Country Music”; it’s a vibrant and syncretic genre of pop song which aims to give voice to a disenfranchised rural population….

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Kenyon Gradert To Discuss Midwest Culture On NPR This Morning — Join The Conversation!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

 Photograph by Robert Josiah Bingaman; via fly over art tumblr This morning from 11 to noon Central Time, Kenyon Gradert will appear on the NPR program Saint Louis…

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