Mississippi Hosts National Rural Generation Summit, May 22-24

Sunrise in the country. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Artists, organizations, and grantmakers from all over the United States are coming together in Mississippi May 22-24 for the Rural Generation Summit. The conference plans to bring about 200 attendees together with local people through experiences across the region to express a distinctly rural perspective on equity and the cultural wealth of rural America and Indian Country.

The Summit will include: visits with the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production and the community of Utica for a Rural Generation Homecoming, a road trip through the Delta to the BB King Museum, and a reception hosted by Alternate ROOTS at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center in Jackson, Mississippi.  Conference panels, keynotes, and workshops will be featured at Tougaloo College, the Jackson Convention Center, and other sites.

Carlton Turner, Director of the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production in Utica and is helping to bring the national conference to the region. Turner explained why hosting the Summit is a meaningful opportunity for Mississippians: “The Rural Generation Summit offers an opportunity to expand the community of voices that are defining what it means to be rural. It is a gift to share the responsibility of hosting this conversation and to share our history, culture, and dreams for transforming the national rural landscape.” The Rural Generation Homecoming in Utica is supported by Hope Enterprise Corporation.

Daily Schedule of  Rural Generation Summit Events: 

Wednesday, May 22 | Jackson/ Utica
12:00 PM | Jackson: ArtPlace Summit shared Plenary Panel, Westin Hotel
1:30 PM | HOME ROOM, Jackson Convention Center
3:30 PM | Load Busses to Utica
4:30 PM | Utica: Rural Generation Homecoming
Main Street Tours, Sipp Culture Social Hour, Homecoming supper
8:00 PM | Busses return to Jackson hotels

Thursday, May 23 | Jackson/ Indianola
9:00 AM Breakfast Plenary and Keynote, King Edward Hotel Ballroom
11:00 AM Load busses to Indianola
1:00 PM Indianola: BB King Museum
Lunch, Tours, Open Space, Home Room
6:30 PM Alternate ROOTS Reception at Smith Robertson Museum
8:45 PM Busses return to Hotel

Friday, May 24 | Jackson at Tougaloo College
9:00 AM Breakfast Closing Plenary and Workshops
12:00 PM Adjourn

To register, click here.

The Rural Generation Summit is designed by a national Working Group and a coalition of partners, including Art of the Rural, ArtPlace America, the Center for Rural Strategies, First Peoples Fund, the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking, the Rural Policy Research Institute, and Springboard for the Arts.


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