The State of the Rural Arts: Crisis, Change, and Opportunity

Double Edge TheatreThis conversation was hosted by Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts, and livestreamed on HowlRound TV on Sunday, August 12 at 8am Pacific / 9am Mountain / 10am Central / 11am Eastern. 

Where have we been, and where are we going? This conversation will present a historical perspective on the place of the arts, and its cultural connections, and will discuss how traditional rural-urban, international, and disciplinary boundaries have expanded in recent years. Both in practice and in theory, what has been the status of the rural arts in post-war America, and what is its future? We will progress from such framing questions towards a discussion that considers how these ideas are manifest across the diverse landscape of rural America.

In keeping with the ethic of Double Edge's Conversations series, this event will be streamed and archived online and will evolve more as a community discussion than a formal panel.

The conversation will be moderated by Katharine Pearson Criss, Vice President of the Center for Rural Strategies, and will feature opening remarks by five individuals with a range of perspectives on this central question:


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