National Coalition forms to host Rural Generation Summit in Mississippi, May 22-24

Over the past four years, Next Generation: The Future of Arts and Culture Placemaking in Rural America has connected rural leaders to articulate the merit of our field, develop research that demonstrates our impacts, and align the policy community towards meaningful collaboration on community development initiatives. In recognition of significant shifts in public dialogue about rural America and rural Indian Country, this initiative has evolved to become RURAL GENERATION, a new national coalition of core partnerships including Art of the Rural, ArtPlace America, the Center for Rural Strategies & National Rural Assembly, First Peoples Fund, the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking, the Rural Policy Research Institute, and Springboard for the Arts. The initiative is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant and ArtPlace.

The 2019 Rural Generation Summit is designed as a unique blend of immersive local engagement with our Delta host partners, regional development impact for the host communities, and a distinct rural thought leadership applied to expressing the rural dimensions of equity and social justice in the arts and culture landscape. To achieve this trifecta for the rural field, we are aligning research, practice, and policy towards the cohesion and innovation of the rural creative field.

The Summit presents a historic opportunity to share the practices, projects, institutions, and funding priorities that build equity for communities that have been historically disadvantaged with local folks, national practitioners, and state and federal policy makers. Beyond this work in 2019, we are committed with our partners to build a cross-sector, rural-focused collective impact intermediary to leverage our social, cultural and natural resources to address sustainability, regional cohesion, and rural quality of life.

Registration will become available in 2019. For more information about Rural Generation and the 2019 Summit, please visit, and follow along at #ruralgen. To sponsor the Rural Generation Summit, please contact 

The Summit is presented in collaboration with the Rural Generation Working Group and Executive Committee. 

Rural Generation Working Group

Alissa Benoist and Lakota Vogel (Four Bands Community Fund)

Pam Breaux (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies)

Anna Claussen (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)

Jackie Clay (Coleman Center for the Arts)

John Davis (Bush Fellow)

Maria De Leon (National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures)

Susan Duplessis (South Carolina Arts Commission)

John Fenn (American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress)

Ruby Lopez Harper (Americans for the Arts)

Carol Harsh (Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service)

Em Johnson (Blue Sky Center)

Teresa Kittridge (100 Rural Women)

Patrice Kunesh (Center for Indian Country Development)

Spencer Lucker (Delta Regional Authority)

Robert Martin (Clear Creek Creative)

Nikiko Masumoto (Masumoto Family Farms)

Jenna Moran (National Association of Counties)

Bob Reeder (Rural LISC)

Ashley Walden Davis and Mark W. Kidd (Alternate ROOTS)

Emily Wornell (Ball State University, RUPRI Center for State Policy)


Rural Generation Executive Committee

Michele Anderson and Carl Swanson (Springboard for the Arts)

Savannah Barrett and Matthew Fluharty (Art of the Rural)

Lyz Crane and Adam Erikson (ArtPlace America)

Chuck Fluharty (Rural Policy Research Institute)

Whitney Kimball Coe (Center for Rural Strategies)

Lori Pourier (First Peoples Fund)

Carlton Turner (Mississippi Center for Cultural Production)

Thomas Young (The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking)

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