Rural arts programs build on history and strong ties to community and how it works
Recently, I had the honor of working with the Nebraska Arts Council to review arts projects in communities across the state. It has been both rewarding and informative.
Arts based community development has been practiced for years, but it takes a different connotation in small rural communities. In urban areas, arts development is on display in museums, theaters, concerts, and art galleries. Exhibits are plentiful, and there is no limit to creativity and devotion to the arts.
Small rural communities have taken arts in another direction with a different focus. Rural community arts programs seem to build on a sense of place and history. Art focuses on integrating into the community and how it works.