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Oct 12 2017

Welcome friends to a weekly update of all things Refuge Foundation for the Arts – from event recaps, to future events, partnerships, artists in residence, album releases, and much more!

Refuge Foundation is thrilled to celebrate co-founders Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae’s #1 Billboard Heatseeker debut for “Tell Me True” on September 25th! All proceeds for the album benefit Refuge Foundation for the Arts.

The duo also had the chance to play with Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris that week in Madison, and played two sold out nights at The Sh*tty Barn this week!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of ‘Tell Me True’, you can purchase one here or email us at: [email protected] to order a physical CD.

Recent Events: Homeland Experience

with our friends at Fox Communities Credit Union

On September 15th-16th we had our 1st annual Homeland Experience event held in Green Bay thanks to our friends at Fox Communities Credit Union. We housed many different artists at The Refuge who also performed at the event including Robert Ellis, Austin Lucas, LOLO, Kyle Henderson of Desert Noises, J.S. Ondara, and many more.

We additionally partnered with 4th HOOAH – a Veteran’s program that provides Music Therapy to Veterans. This includes guitar lessons and upon completion, a Yamaha Guitar. 4th HOOAH was presented a check at the end of Homeland Experience to further their mission.

We had so much fun the first time that on October 1st Titletown Brewing Company’s rooftop hosted our Homeland Encore event with Alex Ortega, The Priggs, and J-Council performing for one last celebration.

Many thanks to all who came out to celebrate with us, and a big thanks to our co-sponser Fox Communities Credit Union…. til next year!

Katherine Voigt

Artist in residence

A screenwriter who has been working on a new screenplay during her stay at The Refuge. The story merges her experiences in a bowling alley in upstate New York and the total eclipse she witnessed in Nashville while traveling in August before arriving here. The main beats of her story are mapped out, and in the past few days Katherine has started writing the screenplay. When she gets writer’s block, Katherine shared that she likes to take a walk, paint, or watch Fargo. She said that her time here has been very peaceful and that she has enjoyed being able to sleep and cook.

“It takes stepping away from my everyday routine to have a clear enough head to invite new stories in. I feel like the Refuge gave me that.”

Ally Wilber

Artist in residence

A visual artist from Navarino, Wisconsin who recently graduated from Ripon College. She began her residency by helping with a pop-up gallery at Homeland Experience. Since then, she has been focusing on drawing and painting. Over the past month she has been working intuitively, creating whatever strikes her interest in the moment and playing with new techniques. She described this as having been a therapeutic and necessary step in her artistic practice. Ally has been experimenting with fumage (fire painting), describing it as a process of “letting go” as that medium, fire and soot, can only be controlled to a small extent.

“The Refuge has been an amazing – and beautiful – place to focus on my artwork as well as be surrounded by other talented and supportive creatives. The atmosphere is one full of passionate ideas; a very refreshing getaway.

In the last two weeks, we’ve also had visits from Jonny Fritz, George Shingleton, Tyler Bryant, and Jenny O. as they were passing through between performances or doing shows here in Appleton. Alex Ortega, who joined us for Homeland Experience Encore, also recorded his new album while staying with us – more to come on that soon!

Thank you to those who attended our Feed The Body, Feed The Soul event with performances from The Temptations, The Wallflowers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Cat Power – that took place in August thanks to our friends at Oshkosh Corporation and Fox Communities Credit Union. Ticket proceeds from this event went toward purchasing rice for Food Pantries in Northeast Wisconsin that will help 35,000 families in our community. If you are interested in helping package the rice on October 13th and 14th at Feeding America in Little Chute, we’re still looking for a few more volunteers. You can sign up here:

Refuge Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit organization providing sanctuary for the pursuit of creative expression through music and art. Founded in response to the lack of resources available to artists today, it is the mission of The Refuge to offer patronage and opportunity to creators in a supportive and collaborative environment.


Coming Soon

Annual Holiday Show Announcement!
News from Traveller, currently on tour in Australia
& much more!

The Refuge Foundation, in partnership with 91.1 The Avenue, hosts weekly radio specials. See the schedule below & tune in at 91.1FM or our radio broadcasts are sponsored by: Nicolet National Bank, Mills Fleet Farm, Community First Credit Union, East Wisconsin Savings Bank, American National Bank (Fox Cities) & John + Julie Schmidt.