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    2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit

    2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit

    Presented by Central Minnesota Arts Board

    June 6-June 8, 2017

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    The 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will take place Tuesday, June 6, through Thursday, June 8, at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Organized by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Small Towns, the Summit gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts-based strategies to rural community and economic development.

    The featured plenary session on Wednesday, June 7th, will bring together four cultural leaders who will discuss a variety of cultural equity issues in small towns, and how the arts can help create more inclusive communities:

    • Anton Treuer, an Ojibwe scholar from Bemidji, Minnesota
    • Michael Strand, a potter and activist from Fargo, North Dakotaba1a687b-1484-4027-93f1-e94d5690239d
    • Meredith Martin Moats, a folklorist and founder of the McElroy House in Dardanelle, Arkansas
    • Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate Roots from Utica, Mississippi

    On Thursday, June 8, keynote speaker Dr. Jessica Metcalfe from Turtle Mountain, North Dakota, will share the stories and strategies behind her business, Beyond Buckskin, which empowers Native American artists and designers, advancing the quality of Native American fashion through education while providing an in-depth platform for societal participation. Inspired by historical and contemporary Native American clothing design and art, Beyond Buckskin promotes cultural appreciation, social relationships, authenticity and creativity.

    Other highlights of the Summit will include:
    “A Steady and Irresistible Wind,” a site-specific, place-based performance installation created by artist Bethany Lacktorin, which will take place during the Summit on and nearby the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. A follow up to Lacktorin’s performance, My Ocean (2016), this piece is an ongoing exploration of diaspora where displacement, transition and growth as it occurs culturally, agriculturally, mentally and socially are expressed in story, music, movement and sound.
    “Range,” an exhibit in UMM’s Morrison Gallery curated by Andrew Nordin. Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to exhibit until April 1. More information about the exhibit can be found at
    Workshops, panel conversations and demonstrations presented by over 30 practitioners throughout the nation.

    There will be a special dinner featuring local foods on Wednesday, June 7th for an additional $15.
    There will be a free welcome reception with heavy hors d’ouevres on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30 – 9:30pm.
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    The CMAB is offering artists a Scholarship to reimburse registration and housing upon receipts. Mileage can be submitted after the conference for reimbursement. Scholarship are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited. Registration fills up fast!

    SIGN UP FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TODAY by contacting Melissa by email or 320-968-4290 ext. Scholarship Sign-Up Deadline is March 23, 2017!

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      • Venue Info

        University of Minnesota - Morris Campus

        600 E 4th St
        Morris, MN 56267

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        Early-Bird Rates (before April 19): $100 for both session days (June 7 & 8); $70 for one day only (June 7 or 8)

        Regular Rates (after April 19): $150 for both session days (June 7 & 8); $90 for one day only (June 7 or 8)

        Registration fees includes breakfast and lunch on the days that you are registered for.


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      • Dates & Times

        June 6-June 8, 2017


        Registration 5:00 - 9:00 pm
        Welcome Reception 6:30 - 9:30 pm

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