The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) was founded in 2014 as a partnership between Art of the Rural and Appalshop.
Appalshop is an arts center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books. Appalshop’s education and training programs support communities who are working to address their own issues justly and in their own terms. http://appalshop.org/
Art of the Rural advances rural culture and quality of life through relationships that connect communities, cultivate dialogue, and forward rural-urban exchange. Through a suite of national, regional, and local programs, Art of Rural’s work invites a broad range of rural people to contribute projects and media efforts that embody the value, diversity, and nuance of contemporary rural culture and inspire lasting connections to rural people and places. http://artoftherural.org/
Since 2014, Kentucky RUX has coached 240 Kentuckians from 42 counties, and has been hosted in ten communities across every region of the state.
RUX is led in by a statewide Steering Committee in collaboration with founder and staff member Savannah Barrett. The program is guided by a distributed leadership approach to movement building, wherein partners, steering and host committee members, alumni and cohort members collectively contribute to the evolution of the programming.
2019 RUX Steering Committee
Alexia Ault - Southeast Community and Technical College (Cumberland), Savannah Barrett - Art of the Rural (Louisville), Ivy Brashear - MACED (Berea), Nick Covault - Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts (Louisville), Jim Guthrie - Hub + Weber Architects (Covington), Taryn Henning- University of Kentucky (Lexington), Abby Huggins– The Highlander Center (Hindman), Mark Kidd - Alternate ROOTS (Whitesburg), Maria Lewis - Western Kentucky University Libraries (Bowling Green), Alix Mattingly –communications consultant (Louisville), Cheyenne Mize –Wishing Well Music (Louisville), Nicole Musgrave- The Hindman Settlement School (Whitesburg), Sarah Schmitt - Kentucky Oral History Commission (Frankfort), Richard Young - community development consultant (Lexington).
RUX Cohorts Past and Present
Each Spring, the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange launches an open application process to select their incoming cohort. RUX is a two-year commitment with staggered cohorts, so that each cohort member experiences at least four Kentucky regions. Members who are accepted into the program are committing to fully participate with their rural-urban exchange cohort during six weekends over the two year process. If you are interested in being a part of a RUX, keep an eye out for applications in March.