Welcome to the Rural Assembly

Rural Assembly is a nonprofit dedicated to championing a movement that celebrates and empowers rural people and places. Our goal is to reshape perceptions, foster healing, and forge unity in a divided nation by amplifying rural voices through advocacy, partnerships and gatherings. Learn more about our mission to connect diverse voices, challenge harmful narratives, and recognize the untold stories, opportunities, and interconnected futures that bind rural and urban communities together.

Who we are

Welcome
to the Rural Assembly

Rural Assembly is a nonprofit dedicated to championing a movement that celebrates and empowers rural people and places. Our goal is to reshape perceptions, foster healing, and forge unity in a divided nation by amplifying rural voices through advocacy, partnerships and gatherings. Learn more about our mission to connect diverse voices, challenge harmful narratives, and recognize the untold stories, opportunities, and interconnected futures that bind rural and urban communities together.

We invite you to join us in naming the connections that unite us, shaping a future of inclusivity and shared success for all.

What we're working on now

Rural Data: Telling Stories with Numbers 
Rural datasets can be difficult to find and even more difficult to analyze. But utilizing data in telling rural stories is a great way to interrogate, and disprove, widespread misconceptions about rural America. Panelists Daily Yonder Editor Tim Marema, Daily Yonder Data Correspondent Sarah Melotte, and Dr. Megan Lawson, researcher at Headwaters Economics 
talk about where the to get rural data, the relationship between datasets and story ideation, and review some of our favorite data stories. Now available: Watch the replay and find resources — including a dataset guide curated by Sarah Melotte.

Everywhere Radio is now Rural Remix, a new podcast that tells a deeper, richer story about life in rural places.

Together with our partners at the Daily Yonder and Center for Rural Strategies, we’ll bring you unexpected rural stories that talk back to the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding rural communities. 

Listen to our debut series, The Rural Horror Picture Show, five episodes exploring the depiction of rural people and places in horror films — and why it matters.

From Our Blog

Drawing Resilience: Laura Fredrickson-Gosewisch

Drawing Resilience: An interview with Laura Fredrickson-Gosewisch about her work connecting farmers with resources to help them understand how to continue working in a sustainable way.

Gatherings

Rural Assembly has a long history of bringing together rural leaders and allies. Check out recordings of our past events.

Summer 2023

View individual sessions from summer 2023.

Spring 2022

View individual sessions from spring 2022.

Fall 2021

View all of the sessions from  Fall 2021.

View all of the sessions from Spring 2021.

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