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Arts and Rural Prosperity: Capitol Hill Briefing

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The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is convening a briefing on Arts and Rural Prosperity for policymakers on Capitol Hill. Endorsed by the Congressional Arts Caucus, this event will share new research and vivid examples demonstrating the power of creativity and culture to help rural communities thrive. The briefing takes place on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Eastern.

Tune in to the live webcast, or join us in person at the Capitol.

This briefing addresses a timely topic for communities across the nation:

  • 60 million Americans live in rural areas, many of which face persistent economic challenges and have yet to fully rebound from the last recession.
  • The arts and creative industries offer nimble and results-oriented approaches to creating jobs, boosting business opportunities, retaining young people and cultivating a great quality of life. The arts also hold a uniquely potent power to activate local assets and build on what rural communities have, rather than what they lack.

This briefing showcases these results by sharing rigorous research from sources such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Governors Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture—as well as compelling examples of creative entrepreneurs and rural communities that are flourishing through the arts. Our team of distinguished speakers includes members of Congress, rural policy experts, creative-sector leaders and others. Please plan to join us!

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Featured Speakers

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Courtesy of National Endowment for the Arts

Mary Anne Carter

Mary Anne Carter was named acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts after serving 18 months as the agency’s senior deputy chairman. In that role, Carter managed day-to-day operations, focusing her efforts on the core work of the agency. Under her leadership as acting chairman, Carter has pushed to make the arts more accessible to the American people, directing an expansion of Creative Forces (an arts therapy program for U.S. service members and veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other psychological health conditions) and bolstering many of its national initiatives, including Shakespeare in American Communities, NEA Big Read, Poetry Out Loud, and the Jazz Masters and National Heritage Fellowships. Mary Anne Carter was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as chairman of the Arts Endowment in January 2019 and her confirmation is currently pending before the U.S. Senate.

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Charles “Chuck” Fluharty

Charles W. Fluharty is the founder, president and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), the only U.S. national policy institute solely dedicated to assessing the rural impacts of public policies. Since RUPRI’s founding in 1990, more than 300 scholars representing 16 different disciplines in 100 universities, all U.S. states and 30 other nations have participated in RUPRI projects, which address the full range of policy and program dynamics affecting rural people and places. Collaborations with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Union, the German Marshall Fund, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Committee, and other international organizations have framed RUPRI’s comparative rural policy foci.

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Cyndy Andrus

Cyndy Andrus has more than 25 years of work experience in the tourism industry, with an emphasis on marketing, strategic planning and geotourism. She is the mayor of Bozeman, Montana, and a member of the Montana Ambassadors. She also serves as the principal of Andrus Consulting, which focuses on tourism development, strategy, marketing and communication in rural and urban Montana communities. Andrus is a member of the Montana Heritage Commission and serves on the governor’s Tourism Advisory Council (past chair), which oversees the distribution of the state lodging tax and advises the governor on tourism issues. She is a member of NASAA’s board of directors. Previously, Andrus served as director of the Bozeman Convention and Visitor Bureau.

More speaker information coming soon!