The 2018 National Rural Assembly will be held May 21-23, 2018. The focus of this meeting will be how we build a more inclusive nation, viewed through a lens of civic courage


This event will be held at the Durham Arts Council in downtown Durham, NC.  The hotel we’ll be staying at is the 21c Museum Hotel, a multi-venue contemporary art museum and a full-service boutique hotel.


This event will include local, regional, and national rural leaders and advocates representing diverse geographies, cultures, ages, and issue areas.

The venue for this event is smaller than we’re used to and will accommodate no more than 200 people. For this reason, we will use a combination of formal invitations and open enrollment to achieve a representative group of rural leaders of various ages, ethnicities, and geographies, and will be pulling in voices from a diversity of places and sectors.


The preliminary agenda for this event is as follows. More details will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

Monday, May 21, 2018

  • Arrivals
  • Registration and pre-conference workshops
  • Evening reception 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wednesday, May 23

  • Breakfast
  • Plenary
  • Summary
  • Closing keynote


Coming March 5


We will ignite the 2018 National Rural Assembly with our firestarters - committed citizens who are modeling for the nation how we mend and strengthen the social and civic fabric of our country.


Offering up their personal stories, they will inspire and challenge us to examine our own efforts towards achieving a more just and sustainable future; because building an inclusive nation will require all of us - from those traveling the country offering up their talents to create original, site specific musicals that address community tensions; to those running for office determined to transform the policies and executive orders that are being carried out on the backs of rural, and on the backs of race and poverty. 


This gathering is generously supported by The Duke Endowment, and we are pleased to have a limited number of travel scholarships available. More details about this will be provided soon.

If your organization is interested in providing additional support, please contact us.