Lanesboro in national spotlight Lanesboro cited as national model in the arts at Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, D.C.

The city of Lanesboro was one of only a few rural communities cited as models of excellence in the arts at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)  briefing on Arts and Rural Prosperity for policymakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 2. Endorsed by the Congressional Arts Caucus, this event shared new research and vivid examples demonstrating the power of creativity and culture to help rural communities thrive.

Featured speakers included Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME); Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR); Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Charles W. Fluharty, founder and president emeritus of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI).

It was during the briefing by Charles Fluharty that the city of Lanesboro, Lanesboro Arts and the Commonweal Theatre were cited. During the briefing by Fluharty, John Davis, former executive director of Lanesboro Arts, was also named a National Senior Policy Fellow at RUPRI for the next two years for his national rural advocacy work and leadership in the arts.

This Capitol Hill briefing was broadcast live on Facebook and showcased research from sources such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Governors Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture — as well as compelling examples of creative entrepreneurs and rural communities that are flourishing through the arts.