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Rural [email protected] Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity

Fare on 4 - July 21st/19

About the project

We are an independent research centre and an environment for rural experiment. 

- Founded in 2014 the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) set a goal to create an inclusive workplace for innovative thought, establish an incubator to explore challenges and opportunities in rural community that leads to action for social and economic change. 

- By asking challenging questions, establishing unique partnerships, and bringing together creative thinkers, we explore solutions to complex questions on and bout the future of rural. 

- By building a strong rural voice the CCRC offers creative solutions while contributing to a sustainable world in the 21st century.

What are the funds for?

Create a dinner, FARE ON 4,  for 1,419 people on the main street of Blyth, Ontario (population 1003) in support of the ongoing activities at the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity. 

Assist in building two unique programs: 

1) Rurality - a national digital webApp connecting imaginations in rural and remote communities, 

2)  the National Policy Creative - 20 scholars from across Canada will gather to explore policy bottlenecks and following 4 months of research present recommendatons to local, provinicial and federal governments.  

- To assist in making our next biannual Rural Talks to Rural (R2R) Conference in 2020.


About the project owner

I've been the PROJECT&CREATIVE DIRECTOR of the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) since 2014. With mighty assistance from a grand crowd of thinkers and doers the CCRC has produced the biannual Rural Talks to Rural Conference exploring resilience and innovation, worked with students on a variety of projects, and enjoyed support from the local, national and international community. I've been involved in story-telling on stage, in film, on television and in print for the past 35 years.

I've been ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the Blyth Festival on two different occasions, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of Playwright’s Workshop Montreal and ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR at Canadian Stage. Tripping the Wire won a Gemini in Canada and a Hugo Award in the United States. My adaptation of the Iliad and Odyssey won a META Award for ensemble in Montreal. Throughout the journey I've encountered many inspiring people. The credo is to learn every day, create every day, stay humble, and work toward leaving the campsite better than I found it. It's a work in progress.

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