Reframing Rural

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The Art of Reframing:
Imagine you’re holding a camera and adjusting its focus. At first you make the flower in front of you the focal point. Then you bring the hills in the background into focus, guiding the viewer’s eye to the landscape just beyond the flower. Reframing Rural is a new initiative that seeks to refocus or reframe rural issues through storytelling in a way that paints a fuller picture of our collective story.

The Work & Ethos of Reframing Rural:
I'm the founder Megan Torgerson and no matter where I live I will always be from rural America. It’s been 10 years since I left my family’s farm and ranch in Northeastern Montana, but the prairie has never left me. I’ve lived in over five towns and cities from Alaska to North Carolina and witnessed stigmas and misinterpretations of small towns spread as the urban rural divide is widened by politics and the media. It seems to me that people have become less interested in getting to know one another and more concerned with labeling the "other." I want to change that by sharing stories directly from those living in geographically remote and sparsely populated regions through podcast episodes, and touring audio-visual exhibits. By elevating unexplored stories and everyday wisdom directly from rural residents, the initiative adds color and complexity to the larger cultural narrative while celebrating culture, preserving history and cultivating empathy.

Reframing Rural frames narrative through a lens of gratitude and abundance. Its stories embrace the gifts of rural life such as folk art, natural beauty, space and freedom, alongside the hardships that come with living in close proximity to Mother Nature and great distances from people and resources.

How You Can Help:
With great distances can come great barriers and that's why we need your help. The project is in its infancy, which is ripe with possibility and also costly. These stories deserve a place in the American Zeitgeist and making a contribution to Reframing Rural will help change the narrative, one story at a time. By supporting this initiative YOU are helping share these important stories. Contributions go directly to the production of the podcast and the tour of the immersive in-person audio-visual exhibits which will bring rural stories to urban communities and beyond. On June 13, Reframing Rural will have its Seattle debut at the Sunset Hill Community Center. A tour across the state of Montana is also currently being planned for May 2020, along with additional exhibits in Washington State and Oregon.

It takes a community to tell stories and we want you to be a part of ours.

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