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REACH Mentoring Program

By Ann Markusen
On the Mark 

Places large and small deserve dashes of culture


June 7, 2019

In late May, Emily Swanson of Carlton’s Oldenburg House and I journeyed to Jackson, Miss., for a week of deep and lively conversations on how arts and culture transform our communities. Hundreds joined the two back-to-back conferences. One convened a decade’s worth of ArtPlace America’s grantees and admirers. The second, the Rural Summit, pulled together rural development folks from across the country.

We competed to win workshop slots pondering how arts home-comers or newcomers, like us, can use arts and culture to build community celebration and regional economies. Both of us have...

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