Cross-Currents Arts + Agriculture 2014

The following presentation materials and related resources are from the Cross-Currents: Art + Agriculture Powering Rural Economies event held on September 3-5, 2014 and are related to art, agriculture, and revitalizing rural economies.

If you would like to submit additional resources to be included, you can do so here.

Presentation Materials

Wed., September 3, 2014

Opening Plenary Keynote – Getting the Rural Swagger Back by Robin Rather

Thurs., September 4, 2014

Case Studies

  • Brad Kik [no slides]
  • Louise Nuttle

  • Joe Schroeder + Jean Willoughby

Harold Wright / Happyland Farmvideo

Kickstarter project video

  • Savannah Barrett and Josh May

  • Tricia White

The Growing Business of Cover Crops report

  • Javier Zapata Rodriguez

  • Guenevere Abernathy

  • Rachel Reynolds Luster [no slides]

Innovative Practices

  • Cultural Economic Development: Art + Technology – Peter Smith [no slides]
  • Fine Arts Extension Services – Melissa Bond

  • Art + Ag Tourism – Ben Boyles and Strauss Shiple

  • Can Small Towns Be Cool? – David Ivan

The Catalyst Initiative – Mark Kidd, Jennie Hahn, Nikiko Masumoto


The following resources that are relevant to art, agriculture, and revitalizing rural economies. A printable list of these resources and more is available here.

Arts-Related Organizations

Alliance of Artists Communities*




ArtPlace America*

Art of the Rural*

Black Belt Treasures*

The Catalyst Initiative*

Imagining America*

The Olio and Art Studios*

Southern Foodways Alliance*

The Wormfarm Institute*

Agriculture or Food-Related Organizations

Extension Reconsidered*

LoMo Market*

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Oregon County Food Producers & Artisan Co-Op*


Rural Policy Organizations

Center for Rural Strategies*

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship*

National Rural Assembly*


Rural LISC*

USDA Rural Development*


Coalition for Local Internet Choice*

Public Knowledge*

Publications and Other Resources

Creative Industries report

Cultural Entrepreneurship

The Daily Yonder

The Growing Business of Cover Crops” report from NWF*

New Thinking, New Jobs

Principals of Creative Placemaking

Rural Res
earch Report – Cross-Currents: Artists + Manufacturers Strengthening Place



* denotes groups who presented at Cross-Currents: Art and Agriculture event.