The Public Transformation exhibition opened at Art of the Rural’s Outpost Winona last weekend in Winona, MN.
Artist Ashley Hanson and her collaborators’ cross-country Public Transformation tour visited artists and arts organizations in small towns and rural areas. The purpose of the trip: to tell stories of rural artists, to connect practitioners who often feel isolated, and to combat negative assumptions about rural places. This first Public Transformation exhibition opened October 20, and will be up through November 17.
Outpost is the headquarters for the organization Art of the Rural, which last October hosted the Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Summit, in partnership with the Rural Policy Research Institute and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. That gathering’s national exchange on rural placemaking helped plant the seed for Public Transformation.