June 2, 2014
The National Solidarity Programme has vastly improved Afghanistan's rural infrastructure and communities by giving Afghan citizens an active role in government to "identify, plan, manage, and monitor their own development projects" -- demonstrating the power of community-driven change.
May 27, 2014
The Program Staff of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ is pleased to announce the receipt of 48 applications for our 2014-15 rural design workshops! The applications came from a remarkable range of communities across 26 states, ranging from a town with a population of 414 in Indiana, to a region comprised of 17 provinces in Idaho- each with unique histories, cultures, assets and identities, yet facing challenges that are pertinent to rural communities across America.
May 1, 2014
On May 8, Ben Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow & Associates will join CommunityMatters® and the Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design™ for an hour-long webinar on community branding. Ben will share his experience in working with small towns and rural places to create a strong brand that supports community and economic development outcomes.
May 1, 2014
The deadline for the 2014-2015 CIRD workshop program is quickly approaching. While we know the application process is an exciting time for solidifying partnerships and dreaming big, there are a lot of pieces to manage.
To help prospective applicants in the final weeks of the process, we’re putting the top resources for applying at your fingertips. Here is the 2014 CIRD “one stop shop” for your application needs.
April 23, 2014
We are very excited to have recently discovered The Art of the Rural, an organization entirely devoted to “elevating the rural arts” through their digital platform and on-the-ground projects that preserve and revive rural arts across the country.
We closely examined a few of their many initiatives to explore: How does integrating art improve and impact rural communities?