Citizen's Institute on Rural Design


  • Community Driven Change: CIRD & Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme

    June 2, 2014

    The National Solidarity Programme has vastly improved Afghanistan's rural infrastructure and communities by giving Afghan citizens an active role in government to "identify, plan, manage, and monitor their own development projects" -- demonstrating the power of community-driven change.

  • Connecticut to California: Proposals in Review

    May 27, 2014

    The Program Staff of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ is pleased to announce the receipt of 48 applications for our 2014-15 rural design workshops! The applications came from a remarkable range of communities across 26 states, ranging from a town with a population of 414 in Indiana, to a region comprised of 17 provinces in Idaho- each with unique histories, cultures, assets and identities, yet facing challenges that are pertinent to rural communities across America.

  • Wormfarm, Charro Days and Cowboy Poetry: An Artistic Approach to Rural

    April 23, 2014

    We are very excited to have recently discovered The Art of the Rural, an organization entirely devoted to “elevating the rural arts” through their digital platform and on-the-ground projects that preserve and revive rural arts across the country.   

    We closely examined a few of their many initiatives to explore: How does integrating art improve and impact rural communities? 

  • April 2nd Program Information Webinar

    April 18, 2014

    On April 2, we hosted a Program Information Webinar. CIRD staff from the National Endowment for the Arts and Project for Public Spaces provided an overview of the program and answered questions related to the recently released RFP. 

  • The Year 2013 at CIRD!

    January 21, 2014

    We have had a whirlwind of a year at CIRD!  We held four fantastic workshops that were catalytic events for each of the host communities, launched the website with an extensive set of Resources for Rural Communities, and held four informative and inspiring capacity building conference calls with our partners at the Orton Family Foundation and Community Matters.