We believe in the future of rural communities and cultures

Founded in 2010

We resource artists and culture bearers to build the field, change narratives, and bridge divides.


We connect visionary people and transformative ideas towards a thriving rural culture.

Narrative Change

We broadcast inclusive, nuanced rural stories and support the storytellers who share them.

Cultural Exchange

We invite people to meet one another, build relationships, and work together across distance and difference.


Our initiatives are long-term, trust-based efforts that co-create spaces for exchange and impact across the traditional dividing lines of place, practice, and lived experience.

Rural-Urban Exchange
Relational Leadership

Rural-Urban Exchange

A nationally-celebrated creative leadership program using place-based cultural exchange to develop the skills, networks, and capacity of rural and urban leaders to bridge divides and make change.

Regional Confluence


A long-term, collaborative initiative grounded in the cultures, communities, and histories of the Upper Mississippi River region.

High Visibility
Engaged Platform

High Visibility

Exhibitions, publications, and media projects reframe the narrative on rural America and Indian Country to foster sustained exchanges between communities.

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