A leading force engaging people and ideas in building a better future for rural America.
Design and Communications Associate
I was born and raised in Lyons, Nebraska. One year I was home from college when the town had a heated discussion about whether or not to tear down the old opera house. Somebody at the Center read my argument to save the historic building in the local paper and called me up to offer me an internship. Unfortunately, the opera house was torn down, but soon after I began working on behalf of rural communities - a cause I believe in deeply.
My job is to help manage the message. I help staff shape their ideas, molding content for the web and social media. I love design and I do the layout for our print newsletter and other publications.
Based in Quincy, Illinois, I am a sometimes gymnastics instructor, a fiction writer, and a poet. You can visit my website at http://www.franciscasey.com.
My favorite thing about rural America is that when you skin your knee in the street you can always knock on the nearest door for help.
Access to art, and even art relating to the rural experience, often seems locked way in a far off "important" place. The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, however, places art right in the heart of rural David City, Nebraska (population 2,906) as the only museum in North America devoted exclusively to agrarian art.
For far too long one of the only narratives about rural America has read something like this: YOUNG PEOPLE FLEE RURAL AMERICA. There's another story, however, about young people and professionals returning.
I was catching up on the great content from DailyYonder.com and I came across an interesting item in their Thursday Roundup from earlier this month. It was a quick note about the seemingly low opinion of rural America held by Adam Orth, the former director of Microsoft's games division.
The New York Timesreports, “Rural Americans are increasingly without lawyers.” This is despite the growing struggle for law school graduates to find employment and the reality that the population of rural America comprises about a fifth of the people.