Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Summit connections highlighted in Public Transformation exhibition

Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Summit connections highlighted in Public Transformation exhibition

Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Summit connections highlighted in Public Transformation exhibition

RUPRI’s Next Generation partner Art of the Rural is honored to present Public Transformation, a cross-country documentary art project highlighting how rural-based artists and arts organizations make their communities a more vibrant, healthy, connected place to live, at Art of the Rural’s Outpost Winona headquartersAshley Hanson’s little yellow school bus acted as a mobile artist residency to document and share stories of the great work being done in 24 rural communities and to further connect rural practitioners across the country. Ashley began the project after presenting at the Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Summit at the University of Iowa in October, 2016. Many of the communities she visited as a part of Public Transformation were on her radar as a result of relationships built at the Rural Creative Placemaking Summit. 

The Public Transformation artists – Ashley HansonRandi CarlsonEllie MooreHannah HolmanMary Welcome Rothlisberger & Nik Nerburn – will present a month-long exhibit at Outpost Winona from October 20 – November 17, 2017. This multi-media exhibition will present a snapshot of the lives, work, stories, themes, artifacts and questions the artists discovered on their journey and will facilitate discussions about the successes and challenges of making art in rural America.

Exhibition Opening Events

Friday, October 20 from 6:00-8:30pm 
6:00 – Opening Reception + Gus the Bus Photo Booth
7:00 – Artist Talk + Film Screening

Saturday, October 21 from 11am-7:00pm 
11:00-4:00 – Grill Out + Workshops with The Art Of The RuralNext Generation: Rural Creative PlacemakingSpringboard for the Arts andPublic Transformation Artists
4:00 – Outpost Happy Hour
5:00 – Public Transformation Presentation + Film Screening + Artist Talk

Sunday, October 22 from 10am-12pm
10:00 – Coffee and pastries at Outpost
11:00 – Reflective river walk with hopes for the future of art in rural America

The Friday reception and Sunday river walk will be free and open to the public. The Saturday workshops will be a $5 suggested donation to cover the cost of food.

Public Transformation is supported by Springboard for the Arts, Art of the Rural, and individuals across the country. This Outpost exhibition is made possible through the support of the McKnight Foundation.