Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange Now Accepting Applications

Launched in 2013 by partner organizations Appalshop and Art of the Rural, the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) is a statewide network of leaders working together to build cross-sector partnerships in Kentucky. Thus far, RUX has engaged 75 young leaders from the coalfields of Appalachia to the Louisville Metro area, and the river towns of the Kentucky delta. The network has brought together members from 16 counties and 20 locally-owned businesses to discuss the state’s shared economic future. More than a dozen projects have developed that explore community-minded ventures and improve the quality of life for many Kentuckians.

RUX is pleased to announce a new open application process for the 2016 program. The aims of the application are to create more cultural equity and cross-sector collaborations across the state and within the RUX program. RUX is also pleased to announce the inaugural visits to the communities of Lexington, KY and Harlan County, KY for the 2016 programmatic cycle.  In the past, RUX program has focused on Whitesburg, Louisville, and Paducah as host communities for the weekend exchanges. These exchanges bring together 80 participants from every corner of the state to create a focused network and integrate partnership in key sectors that address Kentucky’s shared social and economic future.

Click here to apply online!


KYRUX_LOGO_2Over the course of the exchanges, participants are matched across sectors, disciplines, and professions and asked to collaborate on a project over the course of a two-year exchange cycle.  The program offers a unique opportunity to learn and build various skills and partnerships across the commonwealth state of Kentucky.

Regional hosts for the 2016 Rural-Urban Exchange include: From Harlan, Higher Ground and the Southeast Community and Technical College, Pine Mountain Settlement School; From Lexington: Shane Barton (University of Kentucky Appalachian Center), Ivy Brashear (MACED), Tanya Torp (KFTC, the Justice House, Step by Step Lexington), Richard Young (North Limestone Development Corporation); From Paducah: Maiden Alley Cinema.

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange has been led by a steering committee representing cross-sector leadership from all regions of Kentucky. 2015 sponsors included the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Kentucky for Kentucky, the Louisville Flea Off Market, Wiltshire Pantry and Heine Brothers Coffee.

RUX is investing in Kentucky’s common ground, cultivating next generation leaders and crafting a new platform for cultural equity across the state.