The Arts are an expression of our cultural roots, our reality today and our understanding of what may happen tomorrow, and, as such, are vital to the health of communities. The importance of adequate funding and that these funds represent the diaspora of the individuals in these communities and beyond feeds our sense of belonging, understanding and social development. The arts can also be an intricate part of economic development. A full spectrum of emotions and socio-economic benefits are in the hands of our painters, actors, museum curators, arts educators and more. Join us at Radically Rural as we engage community leaders and stakeholders to build through the arts an increased community understanding and a strong sense of place.

Who Should Attend: Philantropists, Nonprofit and Business Grantmakers and Evaluators, Municipal and City Leaders, Artists and Curators, Local arts agencies, Arts organization leaders and programming directors and development officers


Race and Place – Equity in Arts Funding

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

Arts funding across racial and geographical boundaries is more urgent than ever.  Grantmakers need equitable ways to overcome these boundaries to ensure communities experience the arts from a diversity of artists and collectives.

What are the underlying inequities that leave out artists of color and rural artists? How does the intersection of race, gender and location of grantmaking leadership inform philanthropy? How are regional arts organizations supporting diverse representation and voices in art leadership now? Join our panel of experts as they lead attendees through programs and research to build racial and geographical equity and share their relevant organizational experiences to spur inclusion in grantmaking.

Panelists will join the discussion to review their organizational experiences and to spur other grantmakers to assure inclusion. Need some background before you join the conversion? [This link] will take you to a list of resources.

Panel Discussion: Savannah Barrett, Director of Art of the Rural; Ron Ragin, Self-Employed, Artist, Consultant, Researcher, Coach; Erik Takeshita, ArtPlace; Lori Pourier, First Peoples Fund; Chrissy Deal, Director, Social Responsibility & Inclusion of Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)



Community Connection Starts With the Arts

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Do you want to knit together a community of interest but wonder what to use and do to build those ties? The arts have the potential to sew the seams of a community frayed by a sense of loss or a lack of belonging. Communities across the country are harnessing the arts to build stronger regional communities and are reaping the socio-economic benefits.

Join a panel of experts as it leads demonstrations of art creation in order to build connections, empathy, understanding and inclusion. And learn how to measure the many successes of such projects.

Moderator: Anthony Poore, Executive Director of New Hampshire Humanities

Panel Discussion: Barbara Shafer Bacon, Co-Director of Animating Democracy Americans for the Arts; Rachel Balaban, Co-founder and co-director of Artists and Scientists as Partners; Catherine Stewart, NH Theatre Project



The Essential Arts: Let’s Debate

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

It’s an election year, and Radically Rural is based in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, which is steeped in political activism. That’s all the impetus we needed to create the first ever Rural Arts Debate. Let’s dig into the value and vibrancy of the rural arts scene and ask: What makes art essential in rural communities in this moment in time, and why?

What are the rules for the moderated debate? It’s each speaker for themselves, or at least their art form! We’ve invited professional artists as debaters from a wide range of art backgrounds. They’ve done their homework to state their cases, but they need your help to bolster their work. Participants will enter breakout sessions organized by art form to share individual stories to arm their artists with valuable anecdotes for the debate stage.

May the best debater and anecdotes win!

Art forms represented in debate will be Studio Art, Public Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, Museum Curation and Programming, Traditional Crafts, and Arts Education.

Speakers: Marianne Barthel, Director of the Arts Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock; Cynthia Cutting, director of Museum of the White Mountains; Amanda Whitworth, dancer; Kate Beever, musician; Eugene Uman, Director of Vermont Jazz Center; Craig Stockwell, Visiting Artist, Advisor- MFA for Lesley University


Thank you to the Art & Culture track supporters:

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship Key Partners

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