Where We’ve Been: Babies, Maps, Projects

photograph by Kirsten Gerdes Stoltz
Folks may have noticed that, over the last ten days, activity has been slow on this site and on our social media feeds. We will be back in normal form by the end of the week, but here’s an update on what’s been happening around AOTR Headquarters:
• Last Thursday AOTR Director Matthew Fluharty and his wife Kelly welcomed their second son, Henry Joseph Lee, into the world. Our friends at the M12 art collective, who were busy that weekend with the BIG FEED, their annual “regional social,” found the above sign on site.
• Digital Contributor Rachel Beth Rudi is continuing work with The Rural Arts and Culture Map, with an update forthcoming. In the next few weeks we will begin to introduce many of the map-related projects we are working on with organizations and sites. 
• One of our future Map collaborators, The Boiled Down Juice, has published a wonderful introduction to the Map project here. Many thanks to editor Meredith Martin-Moats!
• Many of the AOTR staff are preparing to share our mission at the annual American Folklore Society meetings in New Orleans next week. If you are headed there as well, look out for Jennifer Joy Jameson, Rachel Beth Rudi, and Rachel Reynolds Luster at the Art of the Rural table at the Public Programs Ideas Fair.