The Art of the Rural: Creating Thriving Places, Beyond the City
Sunday Oct 12 from 4-5:30 PM at Woolen Mill Gallery 28 East Main Street, 2nd floor, Reedsburg WI 53959.
Winding up this year’s Fermentation Fest will be a lively panel discussion with guests from across the rural/urban continuum sharing stories, ideas and best practices on what’s brewing in places you may never have heard of. Learn how rural places are at the center of any substantive decisions on land and water issues and natural resource management, how rural places, though being statistically depopulated during a transitional economy are at the same time repopulating with entrepreneurs, artists and folks looking for life balance and affordability.
This panel will consider the wealth of imagination, innovation, and collaboration to be found across communities and culture-based projects in Rural America. Whether on the local or regional level, individuals and organizations will highlight connections between art, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and the heritage of a people and their place. This work often frames new ways of thinking about the relationships between rural and urban spheres within a given cultureshed.This panel will address these qualities from a variety of regional and national perspectives, and how collaboration across fields and between sectors is already leaving a lasting impact across rural America. Open discussion will follow.
Panelists will include:
Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a partnership among 14 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions working to position art and culture as a core sector of community planning and development in order to help shape a community’s social, physical, and economic future – a practice that is referred to as creative placemaking.
Matthew Fluharty is the son of a fifth-generation farming family from the Ohio Valley. He is a writer, artist and the Director and founder of Art of the Rural, and currently a Research Fellow in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
Charles Fluharty is Founding Director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), the only national policy institute in the U.S. solely dedicated to assessing the rural impacts of public policies. A seasoned policy analyst and practitioner, he has authored numerous policy studies, journal articles and policy briefs addressing the rural differential in public policy decision making.
Sarah Lloyd is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and serves as interim manager of the farmer-led Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative. Along with her husband Nels, she operates a 300 cow dairy farm. Sarah has a PhD in rural sociology.
Stan Gruszynski is State Director of USDA Rural Development. Prior to his appointment he directed the Rural Leadership and Community Development program for the Global Environmental Management Center at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and served for a decade in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
Curt Meine is Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature. Dr. Meine has worked as a conservation biologist, environmental historian, writer, and musician. He wrote the definitive biography of Aldo Leopold.