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Apply to become a member of the 2018 Kentucky Rural Urban Exchange

Apply today to Kentucky's statewide partnership aimed at bridging the rural urban divide through relationships, collaborative work, and shared vision.

Together, they are growing relationships across divides to build a more collaborative and connected Commonwealth.

Applications for the 2018 cohort are due Friday, March 23. Find more information at

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) is helping Kentuckians discover their common identity, history and culture. Now in its fifth year, this partnership between The Art Of The Rurall and Appalshop brings a 75-member cohort together over three weekends each summer. RUX members get to know one another as friends and collaborators, and then get down to business – working in pairs, groups or as a body – sharing our talents and skills, working on the challenges facing our Commonwealth, and building a better future for all of us.

RUX programming is designed to help members develop professional skills and leadership potential while exploring all that Kentucky has to offer. Folks begin working together while sharing home cooked meals, hiking our state’s mountains and deltas, building campfires, or square dancing. RUX changes the context of professional collaboration to help members deepen bonds, inspire stronger accountability, and create the conditions for creativity.

Our alumni testify that RUX helped them develop meaningful relationships across the state, learn about other Kentucky communities, lend their own expertise, and create an invaluable network. They also say it’s fun and rewarding – personally and professionally. 

The Kentucky RUX has served 160 Kentuckians from 34 counties since the program’s founding in 2014. RUX is supported by the Rural Policy Research Institute, regional host partners, and dozens of Kentucky businesses. To discover more about the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, visit

The 2018 Exchange dates and locations are: 
Bowling Green and cave country, June 8-10
Hindman, Aug. 3-5
Covington, Oct. 12-14

Earlier Event: January 2
2018 Big South Fork Photo Contest
Later Event: March 24
Explore Kentucky's Ancient Forest