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We know that rural America is more than the convenient stereotypes and stories that dominate public discourse. It is a place of innovation, tight-knit communities, and civic participation. It is fire departments and schools and local organizations making a difference. There is an opportunity right now to draw the connections between rural and its counterparts, to name the roads, fibers, and futures that connect us. To craft a future of us and ours. We hope you’ll join us.

What we're working on now


Focusing on the leaders who are doing the work, and inspiring others

What can rural young adult perspectives teach us about Citizen Power?

Join us Jan. 19, 2023

The Battle to Break Through: Reclaiming Indigenous Narratives

A new production from The Rural Assembly: “The Battle to Break Through: Reclaiming Indigenous Narratives” explores the importance of visibility and shares how four prominent leaders are working to break through to create more opportunities for Indigenous people.

A new exhibit from The Rural Assembly

The first in-person and online exhibit from the Rural Assembly explores the story of Free Hill, a community of Black Americans dismantled by urban renewal. 

From Our Blog

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Advocacy: Opportunity Round Up

A roundup of rural-centric opportunities for organizations and individuals, curated by The Rural Assembly. Have something to share? Let us know.

Watch Connecting Our Heartlands

Watch Connecting Our Heartlands: Toward an Inclusive American Creed, a virtual event that combines photography and civic discussion to explore what we can learn about citizen power from rural young adults.


Thank you, 2022 partners and friends!

As the Rural Assembly looks back over 2022, our hearts are full of gratitude for the many friends, partners, and courageous community leaders who participated in helping us carry out our mission to build a more inclusive and just nation.

Kendra Pospychalla

Drawing Resilience: Kendra Pospychalla

We talk with Kendra Pospychalla, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with a decade of experience in disaster management. She specializes in designing disaster-related service programs and response plans. Kendra currently works for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as the Director for Disaster Solutions, where she advises rural community and economic development organizations and local governments in their disaster-related efforts.


Everywhere Radio, a hosted by Whitney Kimball Coe, features rural leaders and allies spotlighting the good, scrappy, joyful ways rural people are building a more inclusive nation. Everywhere Radio is a production of the Rural Assembly.


Spring 2022

View individual sessions from spring 2022.

Fall 2021

View all of the sessions from October 2021

View the wrapup video above, or view all of the sessions from Spring 2021

View the first day of the conference above, or view all of the sessions from Fall 2020



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