Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange accepting new applicants

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has convened more than 130 Kentuckians from 24 counties. The Kentucky RUX network aligns people working across the arts, agriculture, community health and small business to work together toward the transformation of Kentucky’s economies, communities and sense of self.

The Kentucky RUX network will showcase a new Kentucky community this year, the sixth to participate. The Kentucky RUX network welcomes the communities of Bowling Green and the surrounding region as a host community, and the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU as a regional partner. The Kentucky Folklife Program is housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU.

The mission of the Kentucky RUX is to grow relationships across divides to build a more collaborative and connected Commonwealth. Founded in 2014 by Art of the Rural and Appalshop, and supported by the Rural Policy Research Institute and several Kentucky businesses, the Kentucky RUX has collaborated with 52 distinct partners from every corner of the Commonwealth. Our 2016 cohort of 75 participants showcases the Commonwealth’s diversity: more than 75 percent of RUX leaders are under 40, and 25 percent are people of color. Of these, 67 people completed the rigorous program, at a rate of 90 percent.


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Photos from RUX Bowling Green

This weekend, the Kentucky Folklife Program was excited to serve as a regional host partner for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX). With 65 RUX members from across the Commonwealth in attendance, this past weekend was spent learning about the history, culture, identity, and landscape of South Central Kentucky.  To learn more about KFP’s role in RUX, visit our KFP/RUX program page.

To see photos from our weekend, check out a collection of our instagram posts below!
Welcome RUX! We’re so excited to be hosting the #kyrux2017 cohort this weekend! Kicked things off at the @ffoyamusic house this evening. Looking forward to exploring the culture, history, and landscape of Cave Country with this group! #kyfolklife from Instagram:

We took @ruxkentucky members to lunch at Babylon Restaurant in Bowling Green. Owners Wisam Asal and Ghazwan Nahdeh prepared fresh falafel, chicken shawarma, hummus, and fatoush, and then treated us to baklava. #kyrux2017 #kyfolklife #bgky from Instagram:

Michelle Howell of @needmoreacresfarm had the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (@ruxkentucky) out to her farm in #scottsville to share about the work that she does connecting people with food. Howell provided us with a beautiful farm-to-table meal, the Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology provided us with BBQ from the Smoke Shack in Scottsville, and the @deadbrokebarons out of Franklin provided us with the tunes. Can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful summer evening in South Central #kentucky. #kyfolklife #kyrux2017 from Instagram:


@wku_folkstudies alum, Alexia Ault, gave @ruxkentucky folks a ghost story tour around @wku‘s campus. #kyfolklife #kyrux2017 from Instagram:


2017 Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange Launches

 afdf2-19379468_477331129267652_1052626008131239936_nThis weekend, the 2017 Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) launches in Lexington, Kentucky.  The press release announcing this year’s cohort from the Bowling Green area is below, but you can download the press release PDF here.  We are excited to serve as a regional host partner for the Bowling Green weekend which will take place in July.  KFP’s Graduate Assistant, Nicole Musgrave, is this year’s intern for RUX.  Nicole be sharing photos and updates from this weekend’s happenings, so make sure to check in for the latest from #kyrux2017 and #kyfolklife.  You can also follow us on our Instagram account @kyfolklife.

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KFP to host Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange


We are excited to announce that the Kentucky Folklife Program is a new regional host partner for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, which is coming to Bowling Green this summer!

Kentucky RUX is a partnership between @artoftherural and @appalshop that brings rural and urban people together in unique community settings over three weekend-long intensives each summer. During these intensives, members work together to find commonalities, deepen, connections to the people and places of the Commonwealth, and collaborate on projects that improve Kentucky communities. You can join RUX by submitting an application by 4/28/17.