Small Community/Rural Resources

Rural creative economy, workforce and community examples, info, new resources.  Continually updated!

Conferences and meetings:

  • Rural Placemaking at the Intersection of Arts, Agriculture, and Economic Development, hosted by USDA Rural Development and National Endowment for the Arts, with support from DAISA Enterprises, 3-3-21.  This virtual workshop offered robust idea exchange and connection across arts and agriculture.  Video recording here.  Access Passcode: Intersect5!
  • Small Community Forum, 12-16-20, presented by Arts Wisconsin, UW-Madison/Extension Center for Economic and Community Development, USDA Rural Development Wisconsin, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council, Wisconsin Main Street Program, Wisconsin Rural Partners.  Theme:  community building and inclusivity.

Readings and resources:

  • Statewide service organizations
  • Wisconsin Office of Rural Prosperity:  offers support to rural communities and residents, helps connect them to projects, people, organizations and resources, navigate state and federal resources and collaborate on pilot and traditional projects. We have access to two funding sources through WEDC, Targeted Industry Projects and Capacity Building Projects.

    • Rural Voices for Prosperity Report

    • Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity (link includes listening session videos)  The Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity has released “Rural Voices for Prosperity: A Report of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity,” which calls for coordinated measures across state government to meet the needs of Wisconsin’s rural communities. The report features 10 overarching recommendations that, taken together, would commit state government to a comprehensive approach to rural prosperity, create new partnerships with rural and tribal communities in the designing and delivering of state services, and invest more thoughtfully to address rural Wisconsin’s critical challenges and most promising opportunities.  Excerpts from the report on the importance of place, culture and the arts in Wisconsin

  • USDA Rural Development


Models and initiatives (an evolving list)

Contact Anne Katz at Arts Wisconsin,, with questions, comments, and ideas.

Updated 11-7-21