Refuge Journal 51

Jan 18 2019

This past week, we had our friends Liz Cooper & The Stampede here to write and record! The band (above) was passing through before playing in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

You can listen to Liz Cooper & The Stampede’s Audiotree session below or catch them on tour in Neenah, Milwaukee, or Madison, Wisconsin this March!

Refuge Corner of the Week

Our foundation is headquartered in a former Franciscan Monastery that is now home to Refuge Foundation for the Arts. The facilities were built in 1934 by a group of Capuchin-Franciscan monks who milled the wood and wrought the iron by hand on the premises. One of these original doors is pictured here. It has operated for the past 80 years as a place of quiet retreat for a wide variety of groups and individuals, and was protected from commercial development by a grassroots effort led by the Fox River Environmental Education Alliance (FREEA) when the property was offered for sale in 2014.

We were invited to participate in the stewardship in 2015 and have been working to bring the arts and creative thinkers into this sanctuary to work and collaborate outside of a system of debt, offering recording resources for established musicians and hosting residencies for artists of all disciplines a space to create.

Photo: Justus Poehls