Art in Rural Places

There's no denying the importance of art in rural places.

Many rural towns and villages across Michigan and elsewhere tap art to beautify and build community and help create a sense of place. Art can help revitalize downtowns and refresh the spirits of those who participate and those who call the place home. Small communities across Michigan have created art alleys, art and sculpture gardens, put up statues, and painted murals on buildings, streets and even basketball courts. Placemaking efforts also play a role bring art and beauty to small towns.

Often, these efforts are supported by local and regional arts associations, local governments, nonprofit groups, and others. Michigan State University Extension, better known for its outreach programs involving agriculture, such as 4-H Youth Programs, actively explores how arts and culture can help communities thrive. 
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