Programs to explore ‘Change in Rural America’

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JASPER — As part of a collaboration with the Jasper Public Library and Dubois County Museum, Jasper Community Arts has been awarded $1,500 by Indiana Humanities to host a local program exploring themes from a traveling Smithsonian-curated exhibit.

In addition to Jasper, 10 other communities received $1,500 stipends to host programs and locally-curated exhibits around rural change during the time of the tour.

“The diversity of programs being offered and the opportunities that stem from those programs are what drew us to this project,” said Kyle Rupert, director of Jasper Community Arts. “The fact that we were able to partner with the Jasper Public Library and the Dubois County Museum makes this a special experience.”

Nearly 100 years ago, the 1920 census revealed that for the first time, more Americans lived in urban environments than in rural communities. Since 1900, the percentage of Americans living in rural areas dropped from 60% to 17%, yet the vast majority of America’s physical landscape remains rural.

The Smithsonian’s “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibit looks at this remarkable societal change and how rural Americans responded. The exhibit will tour six Indiana communities from September through June 2020.

“We are thrilled to provide funds to underserved areas in Indiana like Jasper to explore the many themes of rural change that resonate with Hoosiers today, including identity, land, community, persistence and managing change,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We look forward to using the themes of the tour to celebrate our rural past while sparking conversations about our future.”

The Crossroads, Change in Rural America Program Series

Ask Granny, a Genealogy Discovery
Facilitated by library staff member Jill Watson at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Jasper Public Library.

Something’s Brewing - What Craft Beer Can Teach Us About Creative Place Making in Indiana
Guest speaker and author Bill Riley will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Parklands Pavilion.

There and Gone and Back Again, A Conversation Sparked by the Creative and Culinary Arts
Guest speaker David Hoppe — who is a journalist, playwright and essayist — will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Parklands Pavilion.

The Story of Dubois County Agriculture
Guest speaker Lee Bilderback — who is a local family and agriculture historian — will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Dubois County Museum.

Indiana State Read, The Year We Left Home
Facilitated by Jill Watson, Library Staff, and Education Coordinator Donna Schepers at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the Jasper Arts Center.

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