The Rural Assembly is a coalition dedicated to building more opportunity and better policy for rural communities

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

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. 

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.

Rural Advocacy

Are you a rural advocate, community organizer, or someone who just cares deeply about issues that affect rural people and places? Start your week with the Rural Assembly’s advocacy newsletter in your inbox each week. 

From Our Blog

Julie Rae Powers illustration

Drawing Resilience: Julie Rae Powers

Julie Rae Powers’ photographic and written work has focused on family history, coal, Appalachia, the queer “female” gaze, the butch body, and queer chosen families. They are the author and editor of the forthcoming Reclamation: Queering Appalachia’s Visual History and the memoir To Thine Own Self Be True, both out in 2024.

students work in kitchen

Work-based learning and apprenticeship: The challenge of being rural

Apprenticeship presents a powerful strategy to connect jobseekers to family-supporting wages and career advancement opportunities. While there has been significant funding dedicated to the development of registered apprenticeships over the past several years, rural communities and especially rural young adults have largely not benefited.

illustration of Scott Shigeoka

Drawing Resilience: Scott Shigeoka

Scott Keoni Shigeoka (they/he) is a nationally recognized creative leader and curiosity expert. He has worked with some of the most impactful and influential social movements, leaders, organizations, and celebrities in the past 15 years. Scott has deep roots in rural places; he is from a small town in Hawai‘i and now resides in another small town in the California Mojave Desert. Nhatt Nichols talks with Scott about his work and reframing who and what should be resilient.


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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