THE RURAL ARTS MOVEMENT IN AMERICA
Rural communities in America have less access to the arts. It’s not enough to simply be in rural areas — if organizations want to bridge socioeconomic and political divides they need to make an effort to meet people on (and in) their own terms.
So we’ll say it again and again: we’re of and for Wassaic, not just in it. While we’re happy to be at the forefront of the national conversation around rural arts — recently hosting multi-day intensives like the Wassaic Camp for Rural Arts Organizers and speaking at Common Ground LA as part of the working group “Rural Communities: How to Engage and Collaborate with Them” — we’re most proud of our efforts right here in our community. We house our artists in the middle of town, keep almost all of our programming free, and partner with arts education programs in local schools. We want our roots to run deep here.
Photos by Verónica González Mayoral