25% of the nation resides in a rural community, yet receives 3-9% of arts funding. Embracing a DIY attitude, low cost living, and a freedom to fail, artists moved out of traditional art centers to live and practice. Without a major institution formalizing this work, artists are free to create projects that are more experimental, transitory, and incorporate regional cultural aspects. In turn, this reflects the potential for creative catalysts. Panelists use these limitations to their advantage.