Refuge Journal 34

Jul 05 2018

One year ago today, co-founders Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae’s first song “Songbird” off their album Tell Me True premiered exclusively at Rolling Stone Country. It was described as, “a gorgeous folk ode to the magic of shaping melodies – and memories – together.” You can read the full article here.

Upcoming Events: Hopeland Festival

Refuge Foundation for the Arts announced the official renaming of Homeland Experience to Hopeland Festival.The time is right to make strong statements of inclusion. We want to turn our focus from one of homeland to one of hopeland, prompting the need for change in the name of our festival from Homeland Experience to Hopeland Festival. Home is a relative term that can be enclosed in walls that create barriers, but hope is a limitless feeling that knows no boundaries. As an arts organization, we feel it is our responsibility and duty to our community to stand up for what we believe in. We have always been an inclusive organization putting on inclusive events, and we want the name of the event to reflect our mission of enriching our community with art that knows no boundaries.

The unique two-day festival will celebrate community through live music & visual artists starting on Friday, September 21 from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, and Saturday, September 22 from 11:00am – 5:00pm. It will combine musicians with captivating visual artists. It will be hosted in downtown Green Bay, partnering with local businesses around town including Kavarna, Keggers, Lyric Room, Black & Tan Lounge, Neville Public Museum, Three Three Five, Cup O Joy, and Titletown Brewing Company Roof Tap.

Refuge Foundation for the Arts, along with title sponsor Fox Communities Credit Union are pleased to announce the first ten artists for this year’s lineup:

Adriel Denae– Appleton, WI
Emily Kopp– Nashville, TN
Feed The Dog– Wisconsin
David Paul Martin– Wisconsin
Cat Clyde– Stratford, Ontario
Parker Gispert– Athens, Georgia
The Lately– Appleton, WI
Sam Trump– Chicago, IL
Nicholas Raymond– Wisconsin
Micah Schnabel– Bucyrus, OH

Stay tuned next week for the announce of more artists, along with the details of the visual artists who will be taking part in this year’s celebration. For more information visit