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Department of Public Transformation

The Department of Public Transformation is an artist-led organization that works locally and relationally to develop creative strategies for increased community connection, civic pride, and equitable participation in rural places.

Our vision is one where rural communities across the country acknowledge, support, and integrate art and artists as vital contributors to economic, community, civic, and social life.

We believe that rural people and places have the answers they need to address any and all of their community challenges, but economies of extraction and narratives of deficit have fragmented many of our communities and prevent us from reimagining our rural spaces and sharing the knowledge, skills, and resources we have to dream and build an equitable and just future. We seek to help rural communities identify and leverage local capital through artist-led creative, cross-disciplinary, and radically inclusive programs.