It is summertime in small-town America. People line main street for parades and gather in the park for antique tractor shows. Events like these make a town come alive.
We spend a lot of time at the Center for Rural Affairs discussing business development. Art and cultural development is often thought of second, after business and infrastructure are attended to.
That is the wrong approach.
Cultural events – the things we do together – give us a sense of identity and shape who we are as a community.