Refuge Journal 35

Jul 13 2018

Upcoming Events: Life Is Meant To Be Heard

Our friends from HEAR in the Fox Cities are hosting Life Is Meant To Be Heard at Whistler’s Knoll on Sunday July 29th 12:00-4:00pm. The event will feature the music of co-founder Cory Chisel, wines and the gorgeous location of Whistler’s Knoll, crepes from Le Prince French Crepes food truck, door prizes, and a raffle. All event proceeds will go towards the purchase of brand new hearing aids for children in the Fox Cities. The adults only event is $35 at the door or $30 presale and can be purchased here.

HEAR in the Fox Cities mission is to assist children under the age of 21 in the Fox Cities purchase hearing aids. They help families pay for hearing aids for their child(ren) when other funding sources are not available such as Medicaid or DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) and family income is limited.

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


84 years ago our building began its construction. Retreat ministry in Wisconsin became widely popular in the 1920’s and 30’s, so on July 15th, 1934 with Gilbert Heuel in charge, ground was broken for a retreat center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Retreats began the following year, and 84 years later the building is now used for Refuge Foundation for the Arts.