Help Shape The Rural Squad Program:
Part 2

We are creating a program for rural leaders called The Rural Squad that connects leaders to each other, helps urban-based institutions engage with rural communities effectively, and offers the country a reliable network of rural problem solvers.

We need your help.
Contribute to the design of this program by responding to occasional questions in our newsletter:

"What specific spaces, sectors, or conversations are missing rural representation?"
Rickey “Bear” Beene outside his Petros, Tennessee, studio. (Photo by Shawn Poynter)
In Memoriam: Painting Petros, One Portrait at a Time

A visual artist teaches himself to paint by capturing the images of the people in his small, East Tennessee town. More than a decade later, the project continues to give the community a new vision of itself.
Whitney Kimball Coe gives commencement address at Tennessee Wesleyan University

“The hardest, most rewarding work we can do right now is consent to sharing this life together.” -Whitney Kimball Coe

Whitney Kimball Coe, Coordinator of the Rural Assembly and Director of National Programs with the Center for Rural Strategies, was the invited commencement speaker at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee. Kimball Coe is a native of Athens and is deeply engaged in many facets of the community.
Remember to check out the full "All Things Rural" calendar of events here and submit your events to be featured on the calendar here !