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Founded in 2011,  Rural Arts and Culture Summit is a biennial event that gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community and economic development leaders from the upper Midwest and beyond. The goal of the Rural Arts and Culture Summit is to build capacity for long-term partnerships between artists and rural communities by facilitating cross-sector conversations and professional development workshops for up to 400 artists, board members/staff/volunteers of rural arts organizations, and rural development stakeholders.

Register for the Rural Arts & Culture Summit

The 2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit will take place June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The plenary panel is Ojibwe scholar Anton Treuer, potter Michael Strand, Meredith Martin Moats of McElroy House, and Carlton Turner of Alternate ROOTS, and the keynote speaker is Dr. Jessica Metcalfe of Beyond Buckskin. 

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The Summit is a partnership between Springboard for the Arts, the Center for Small Towns, the University of Minnesota, Morris and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota.

The 2017 Summit will take place June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

"Range" Call for Artists

The Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery at the University of Minnesota Morris is pleased to announce a call for entries for a summer exhibition: “Range” (June 6 – June 30, 2017). The exhibit seeks submissions from contemporary artists who currently reside in rural areas and/or whose work reflects the rural spirit. Deadline: April 1, 2017.

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Visit the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Site

The 2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit will take place June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Visit the site to learn more, see press, and connect to rural arts resources.

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Springboard Staff

Rural Program Director

Rural Program Assistant