• CIRD 2018 Hits the Road

    This month, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRDTM) team ventures out from the East Coast to the Delta, the Sonoran desert, and the high plains to meet our four 2018 selected communities. This year’s workshops focus on Main Street revitalization, multimodal transportation, and healthy living by design: three distinct topic areas that have proven to be especially relevant to rural towns in the United States. 

  • Program will Help Valentine's Main Street Reflect the Community

    Valentine Nebraska’s CIRD award is featured in the latest issue of Nebraska Farmer.  Author Curt Arens discusses the significance of the award for the community, as residents see the upcoming redesign and construction of the I-83 as an opportunity to reimagine Main Street as a walkable, multi-modal destination.

  • A Time-Tested Gateway to Arts Funding for Rural Communities

    April Greene interviews Jamie Hand, the Director of Research Strategies at ArtPlace and former Director of CIRD; Jen Hughes, the current Program Director of CIRD and the NEA’s Design and Creative Placemaking Director; and Cynthia Nikitin, Senior VP at Project for Public Spaces and current Director of CIRD. Greene not only provides an introduction to the CIRD program for ArtPlace readers but also chronicles the trajectory of the program from its early stages to the present, featuring CIRD’s importance in fostering creative strategies for community-driven development in small towns across America.

  • Rural Design Experts get Glimpse of Greenville’s Offerings, Shortcomings

    Kristina Norman’s article for the Delta Democrat Times captures the CIRD team’s visit to Greenville, Mississippi. Norman describes the team’s initial impression, illuminating the issues that the CIRD workshop and resource team members will seek to address in Greenville’s move towards racial and economic equitability through the redevelopment of their historic downtown.  

  • Four Rural Communities Chosen to Receive $45,000 in Design Assistance

    The Citizens' Institute on Rural DesignTM (CIRD), an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) managed by Project for Public Spaces, is pleased to announce four communities selected to host rural design workshops for the 2018 program year.  Recommended by a review panel of rural experts, the four host communities are: Greenville, Mississippi; Las Vegas, New Mexico; Tuttle, North Dakota; and Valentine, Nebraska.