Rachel is an artist and folklorist with a background in art and cultural policy and arts-focused grassroots organizing in underserved communities. Reynolds received a B.A. in American studies from the University of Arkansas and an M.A. degree in public history and heritage studies from Arkansas State University where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in heritage studies.
She has received fellowships from the Southern Foodways Alliance to document Arkansas barbecue and was in the first cohort of Creative Community Fellows through the National Arts Strategies. Her arts and food-focused project, The Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op, has been featured in Mother Earth News, Rural Missouri, and Acres U.S.A. among other print and online publications.
In 2015, she founded the #NotMyOzarks campaign to counter anti-racial sentiment in the Ozarks region. Rachel is the Head Project Steward of Meadowcreek Inc., a land and art based incubator in the Arkansas Ozarks, and the Co-Founder of The People's Library Project. She is a frequent presenter on topics of cultural sustainability and rural art and culture at conferences across the country and as a member of the International Creative Placemaking Leadership Council.