Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange 2019 Application
“Together, we are growing relationships across divides to build a more collaborative and connected Commonwealth.”

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) is accepting new applicants! The deadline to apply is April 17, 2019.

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) is helping Kentuckians discover their common identity, history and culture. Now in its sixth year, this partnership between Art of the Rural 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 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.

RUX is supported by a statewide Steering Committee, Appalshop, Art of the Rural, regional host partners, and dozens of Kentucky businesses. To discover more about the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, visit

RUX is a two-year commitment. Members who are accepted into the program are committing to fully participate with their rural-urban exchange cohort during three weekends in 2019 and three weekends in 2020.

The 2019 Exchange dates and locations are:

Northern Kentucky, June 21-23
Muhlenberg County, Aug. 9-11
Knott County, Sept. 27-29

What you get:
• Overnight stays, which will help you see Kentucky communities from new perspectives.
• Lifelong friends across the Commonwealth, who share your passions and interest in Kentucky’s future.
• Skills development and new connections that benefit you personally and professionally.
• Food, experiences, and entertainment reflecting regional culture and traditions.
• Life-changing experiences that cannot be put into words.

What you give:
• Attendance at all three exchange weekends. Your attendance and complete participation is vital to the experience.
• Transportation and some meal costs. (Carpooling and travel reimbursements may be available.)
• Collaboration with other exchange participants to address opportunities and challenges in your community.
• Completed requests for information and follow-up surveys.
• A $25 participation fee. We maintain this low cost thanks to generous supporters.

Timeline for application review:

April 17– applications due
May 1 – acceptance notification
May 13 – signed commitment, participation fee, and bio. due
May 31- Public Announcement of RUX 2019-2020 cohort

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