Creative Rural Urban Alliances Webinar

Mar 16 2015
Last week, we shared information about Art of the Rural collaborations that address both rural and urban communities alongside staff from the Rural Policy Research Institute and M12… [continue reading]

Notes From The Field: “Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard” and the Don Wahle Collection

Dec 10 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image By Jennifer Joy Jameson, Notes From The Field series Editor
The interesting part about any ethnographic study is putting the pieces together, stepping in and out of a culture or history that may or may not be your own in order to share it with others. [continue reading]

What’s Up With Those Southern Beasts?

Sep 27 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image By Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director of Roadside Theater

Storytelling is a partnership between the person telling the story and the person receiving the story; each depends on the other. This exchange is not designed to be passive, unless the purpose is propaganda. “The purpose of art is to [continue reading]

Superman of Kansas and Krypton and Cleveland

Sep 7 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
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By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture Series Editor   “Behind the high-flying legend lies a true-to-life saga every bit as compelling, one that begins not in the far reaches of outer space but in the middle of America’s heartland. During the depths of the Great [continue reading]

Bartering A Rural-Urban Connection

May 8 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
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Yesterday we learned via Arts Journal of a new effort aimed at taking the crowd-funding platform and removing the monetary exchange from the process. OurGoods pairs creative individuals and their projects and allows for mutually-beneficial collaborations.  Though the project is centered in New York City, there’s no reason [continue reading]

Photographing Rural Maine, Beyond The Vacationland

Apr 24 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
missing image Gregory Gives his Cousin Lori a Rose, 1983 ; Steven Rubin
This month TIME Magazine’s Lightbox photography section highlights the work of Steven Rubin and his 30 year project in Somerset County, Maine — the fruits of which are currently on view at the drkrm gallery [continue reading]

Changing A Food Desert, One Metro Stop At A Time

Mar 22 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
missing image One of Farm to Family’s Mobile Markets in Saint Louis Despite its place amid some of the midwest’s most fertile soil, Saint Louis is plagued by large food deserts – both a testament to suburban migration begun in the 1960’s, but also to racially-motivated zoning and business models that survived in the [continue reading]

What We Talk About When We Talk About The Rural

Mar 13 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
missing image Cast-iron stove reclaimed by David Lundahl from a local farm;  the foundation for a new sculpture
[Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines, this seems like a good time to give a
retrospective glance to the first two years of
Art of the [continue reading]

Abner Jay: The Last Southern Black Minstrel Show

Mar 9 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image Abner Jay, April 8, 1982, San Jose Flea Market ; selection of a photo by Jon Sievert
[Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines, this seems like a good time to give a
retrospective glance to the first two years of
Art [continue reading]

Bringing The Yarn Bomb To The Country

Feb 27 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
missing image [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines over the
second half of February, this seems like a good time to give a
retrospective glance to the first two years of
Art of the Rural .
Over these weeks I will feature a few new articles,
[continue reading]

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