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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.

Watch video from the 2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit

The Rural Arts & Culture Summit was held from June 6-8 in Morris, MN, and it was magical. 400 artists, community development professionals, leaders, and advocates from 22 states came to the town of 5,000 people in the rolling Minnesota farmland to share ideas, practical steps, and paths forward together. Watch the livestreams of the plenary panels and keynote address, for your reference and inspiration.

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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.

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


The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is made possible in part by the support of the Bush Foundation and the McKnight Foundation. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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