Announcing the 2018 Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange Cohort!


The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange Steering Committee is pleased to announce our 2018 RUX learning cohort. After our most competitive application process  to date, the RUX steering committee has finalized selection of the incoming cohort, which includes 75 members from 25 counties and every region of the state.  Cohort members come from 40% rural, 35% urban, and 25% micropolitan communities.

Not all members are pictured. To view the full cohort, visit
The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchangeprogram is known for helping rural and urban Kentuckians discover their common identity, history and culture.
Over three weeks each year, RUX brings leaders in the arts, agriculture, community development, health, and business together to change the context of professional collaboration.
Through our unique community intensive framework, RUX helps members deepen bonds, inspire stronger accountability, and create the conditions for innovation.
The result is a diverse network of leaders with both the social capital and capacity needed to transform Kentucky’s future. 
Now in its fifth year, this partnership between Art of the Rural and Appalshop has earned national acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and national conferences such as Grantmakers in the Arts and the Community Development Society.
Kentucky RUX has served more than 200 Kentuckians from 42 counties since 2014, and will have been hosted in every region of the state by the end of 2018. 
RUX Alumni Current Homes and Hometowns
(starred counties are current or past host sites)
RUX members will gather in Bowling Green and Horse Cave June 8-10, in Knott County August 3-5, and in Covington Oct. 10-12 for the Kentucky RUX program’s fifth year.

RUX is supported by the Rural Policy Research Institute, regional host partners, and dozens of Kentucky businesses. Current host partners include the Kentucky Folklife Program in Bowling Green, Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, and BLDG in Covington. Past host communities include Harlan (2016-2017), Lexington (2016-2017), Louisville (2014-15), Paducah (2015-16), and Whitesburg (2014-15).

To discover more about 2018 Kentucky RUX cohort, visit


That’s right, next week we’ll be participating in our first #KYGivesDay and we couldn’t be more excited! All funds raised will go to support the 2018 Exchange weekends and beyond. Mark your calendars and help us raise some bucks for RUX!

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