Rural Project

The Rural Project

 

In 2018-2019 we are focusing on the issues facing small town and rural communities in the Southeast in the 21st century.
 

The dominance of industrialized farming and the shrinking of domestic manufacturing have transformed the landscape of much of the South. In its wake, we see communities struggling with many of the same issues faced by underserved urban populations: poor access to education, health care, and opportunities for advancement. With this open call, we are looking for artists connected to rural communities across the Southeast to develop projects around the stories and experiences of this often overlooked and disrespected part of our region.


The 2019 Fellows

 

Lillian Burke
Kelly Creedon
Ian Dillinger
Mahkia Greene
Thaddeus Jones Jr.
Yulian Martinez
Cedric Umoja

 

In a series of artist-led educational workshops, public forums, exhibitions, and project development sessions beginning in September 2018 and running through the festival in March 2019, a selected Fellowship of artists (filmmakers, artists, activists, community organizers, etc) primarily residing in South Carolina will work with Columbia-based community stakeholders, partnering organizations, and rural communities to develop and create projects exploring the Rural theme. Artworks will be revealed by the Fellowship during the 2019 Indie Grits Festival, taking place March 28-31.


Submit a Proposal

Proposals are now open for the Rural Project. Deadline: December 24, 2018

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The Southern Disposition

 

On View until September 27, 2018

As our first foray into the Rural Project, The Southern Disposition is an exhibition of photographs from a diverse group of Southern artists. Having sought work that “addresses and challenges the social, cultural, and physical landscapes of the South,” we are excited to showcase submissions from over 30 photographers, stationed throughout the Southeast and beyond.

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