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Restore/Restory: A Mosaic Of Voices in Rural California

Today we are grateful to share the community-based digital work of Restore/Restory as a feature within the Year of the Rural Arts and its mission to communicate the breadth of cultural and artistic expression across rural America.  This innovative project, led by jesikah maria ross, offers an opportunity to expand how we talk about so many concepts central to rural communities: inclusivity, cultural heritage, community and environmental sustainability, land use, and new frontiers in placemaking practice.

By Matthew Fluharty
On an autumn afternoon, folks gathered on the grounds of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve in Yolo County, California for a chautauqua-influenced program of story circles, nature and culture walks, and presentations by a range of regional artists, educators, and businesspeople. As if a mild, cloudless October afternoon was not idyllic enough, events concluded with a Hootenanny in front of the Preserve’s historic barn, with music, storytelling, and plenty of food. As Cache Creek meandered in the background and birdsong filled the woods, it would have been easy for an observer to understand why Californians are reluctant to live anywhere else.

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