Our rural communities have served as the heart of cultural life in our state for generations. These crossroads where people have gathered to exchange goods and services as well as engage in political and community discussions are an important part of our cultural fabric. Within the last century we have seen a shift. Less than 25% of Georgia’s citizens live in our rural communities today even though 75% of Georgia’s 159 counties are classified as rural. Uneven opportunities in rural and urban areas have contributed to this population shift.
Crossroads: Change in Rural America uses photos, objects, film, audio, and interactive technology, to explore broader themes of identity, land, community, persistence, and response to change, as well as the role our rural communities have played in shaping the American cultural landscape. The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association is proud to host Crossroads and is providing many events and opportunities for the community to engage and explore what a rural community means to all of us.
This exhibition is made possible and presented by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street, Georgia Humanities, the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia, and Georgia EMC. Crossroads will be on display from June 20 - July 17, 2020 with a grand opening on June 20th at 11am. Schedule of events and exhibit information will be made available shortly.
Crossroads: Change in Rural America is part of Museum on Main Street, a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution that provides small and rural communities access to Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. To learn more, visit museumonmainstreet.org.
We offer special group tours to view the exhibitions on display.
All Crossroads programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
Please note program times and locations may be subject to change and review all Covid-19 public safety guidelines in place.
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This exhibition is made possible by these sponsors: