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July 2019

Frontier Fellowship: Jennifer Joy Jameson & Chris Merchant

July 28 - August 25

Originally from Southern California, Jenn Joy Jameson spent a decade outside the state working as a public folklorist, collaborating with communities and cultural practitioners in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. She later moved back west to work for the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, where she manages cultural arts programs, grants, and media. Jenn often finds herself at two poles—one has her leaning more into the creative practices of a fieldworker, writer, and curator, and the other has her leaning…

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September 2019

Emerging Frontier Fellowship: Dustin Hamman

September 6 - October 6

Dustin Hamman (Silver City, NM) Dustin Hamman is a musician, writer, performer and activist. He primarily creates songs and performs them live either solo (under his own name) or with one of his two bands (“Run On Sentence” & “No! Wait, Yes!”). He is currently writing a screenplay and working to expand the ways in which his music and other creative talents intermingle with various aspects of the world. What about Green River & the Frontier Fellowship excites you most?…

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Emerging Frontier Fellowship: Leah Danze

September 6 - October 6

Leah Danze, Artist (New Orleans, LA) Leah Danze is a painter from Texas. They view the canvas as a site for integration, as fluid and at times contradicting aspects of their identity step into conversation with one another on the same field. Their paintings are informed by the dance for intimacy, the forgiveness of plants, and the ways in which the body holds memory. Leah has worked closely with community as a translator and paralegal for survivors of trafficking and…

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Green River Melon Days

September 20 - September 21

An over 100-year tradition, Green River's Melon Days is a every third weekend in September.

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Returning Frontier Fellowship: Thomas Grant Richardson

September 20 - October 13

Thomas Grant Richardson, Ethnographer (Santa Fe, NM) Thomas Grant Richardson holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University. He has worked for Traditional Arts Indiana, Utah Folk Arts Program, New Mexico Arts, Museum of International Folk Art, and the Birthplace of County Music Museum. He is currently an independent folklorist and documentarian based in Santa Fe, NM. What about Green River & the Frontier Fellowship excites you most? Everyone has a story…

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October 2019

Frontier Fellowship: Ashley Hanson & Brian Laidlaw

October 14 - October 27

Ashley Hanson & Brian Laidlaw, Teaching Artists / Musicians (Granite Falls, MN) ASHLEY HANSON is a theater artist, community organizer and advocate for the arts in rural areas. She is the founder of PlaceBase Productions and the Department of Public Transformation, and was recently named a 2018 Obama Foundation Fellow for her work with rural communities. BRIAN LAIDLAW is a poet-songwriter nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. His books include THE STUNTMAN and…

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January 2020

Frontier Fellowship: Sam Cox

January 31, 2020 - March 1, 2020

Sam Cox, Graphic Designer & Filmmaker (Raleigh, NC) Sam Cox’s work investigates the ways our beliefs and identities are shaped by the places we inhabit. His work is a theoretical and personal response to hyper-individualistic and transient American culture. He is fascinated by geography, Eastern Christian mysticism, indigenous cultures, maps, and the desert. He hopes to live, die, and be buried on the same piece of land. His current film, New Men, chronicles the life of a Russian Orthodox Monastery…

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March 2020

Frontier Fellowship: Erin Elder

March 13, 2020 - April 12, 2020

Erin Elder, Artist (Albuquerque, NM) Erin Elder is an independent artist and curator guided by interests in land use, experimental collaboration, and non-traditional modes of expression. Her research-driven projects take highly participatory forms, working with a broad definition of art to bring audiences into a direct experience of particular places. Underscoring Erin’s work is a commitment to the creative process and to artists. From 2009 - 2013, she cooperatively founded and directed PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras,…

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May 2020

Frontier Fellowship: Blanca Villalobos

May 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Blanca Villalobos, Artist (Beaumont, CA) A proud, queer daughter of immigrants, Blanca S. Villalobos holds ancestral connections in Jalisco, MX, home to the Wixarika people, and was raised on Cahuilla & Serrano territory in the San Gorgonio Pass of Southern California. A lover of deserts and mountains, she spent the majority of her twenties in the Pacific Northwest organizing cultural happenings with and for communities of color while simultaneously developing her performance practice. She now lives in the same home…

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June 2020

Frontier Fellowship: Erin Mallea

June 12, 2020 - July 12, 2020

Erin Mallea, Artist (Pittsburgh, PA) Erin Mallea is a multidisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her art practice is rooted in a generative research process in which she maps social dynamics and politics embedded within relationships to land and the environment. Working in video, sculpture, and photography, Erin often collapses natural and national history to examine taxonomies and systems of producing knowledge, national memory, and ideology within natural and cultural landscapes. She enacts a methodology of site-specific fieldwork that is…

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