Refuge Journal 50

Jan 08 2019

Thank you to all who joined us for An Evening of Holiday Mischief on December 21! It was an unforgettable night with our community and friends who traveled to perform and raise support for our work. Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae were joined by Stelth Ulvang of the Lumineers, Dorota Ulvang, LOLO, Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams, Sam Trump, J-Council, and DJ Ross Grizzly.       Tickets sold out in advance with community members purchasing the last wave to gift to others in need. As a result, over 150 people from Boys and Girls Club, Homeless Connections, and Big Brothers Big Sisters were able to participate in the capacity crowd at Lawrence Memorial Chapel in Appleton, WI.

2018 In Review

Thank you for your continued support of Refuge Arts in 2018, and Happy New Year! As we reflect on 2018, we are filled with gratitude for the ways that creative expression has brought us together and helped us make a difference for our community. Because of you, we:

  • Facilitated the release of over 15 musical projects generating over 15 million streams on Spotify by 6 million fans in 65 countries including artists like Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae (Refuge Recorded & Release), Traveller (Refuge Recorded & Release), Adriel Denae (Refuge Release), Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman (Refuge Release), Erin Rae (Refuge Recorded), and LOLO (Refuge Release).
  • Produced 3 public music and visual arts events, including Bike to the Beat (Appleton), Hopeland Festival (Green Bay), and Refuge Block Party (Appleton) featuring over 75 separate, musical performances.
  • In conjunction with the National Day of Silence, we hosted the Fox Valley “Night of Noise,” a celebration of over 150 LGBTQ youth embracing their identity in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Installed 3 murals, 2 sculptures, and 1 alley-way art installation for the general public.
  • Developed a new music composition, performance, and production class at Lawrence University.
  • Piloted a new, life enrichment program benefitting our nation’s veterans with 4th H.O.O.A.H. and Guitars for Vets launching fully in 2019.
  • Hosted 4 public performances in our Chapel.
  • Created the official song and sign for the City of Appleton in collaboration with children from Big Brothers Big Sisters

As we look forward in 2019, we are excited to nurture even deeper connections yielding even greater transformation in ourselves and in our world.

Thank you for joining us! The best is yet to come.