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June 2017

Rural Arts and Culture Summit

June 6, 2017 - June 8, 2017

Morris, MN
The Rural Arts and Culture Summit gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts-based strategies to rural community and economic development.

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July 2017

Neskaupstaður Residency

July 17, 2017 - August 18, 2017

Epicenter Principal Maria Sykes has been invited to reside in Neskaupstaður (pop. 1400), Iceland, for one month as a designer-in-residence working alongside local residents, visiting designers, and regional Austurland (East Iceland) partners. This residency is the continuation of a long-term relationship and a continued exchange amongst rural practitioners and residents.

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September 2017

Frontier Fellowship: Caitlin Denny

September 15, 2017 - October 1, 2017

Archivist/Filmmaker, Los Angeles, California
Caitlin Denny is a new media curator, filmmaker, and recent graduate of UCLA’s Master of Library and Information Science program with a focus on media archives.

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Melon Days

September 15, 2017 - September 16, 2017

Melon Days is an annual festival held in September for over 100 years in the town of Green River, Utah, home of delicious watermelons, cantaloupe, honeydew, and more. Look for Epicenter amongst the vendors in the park where we'll be selling Green River flags and hosting a story-sharing (audio and visual) booth!

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Frontier Fellowship: Tristan Wheelock

September 29, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Photographer/Filmmaker, St. Petersburg, Florida
Tristan Wheelock is a Florida based freelance photographer who specializes in documentary, travel, and portraiture. He discovered photography shortly after college during an assignment that had him crossing the U.S. while living in a van with a street magician. Serendipity led him to India and he's been traveling ever since.

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November 2017

Rural-To-Rural Exchange: Lyons, NE

November 19, 2017 - November 25, 2017

Taking advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday break, AmeriCorps VISTA Jarod Hamm and Epicenter Principal Maria Sykes will be traveling by train to Nebraska to visit The Center for Rural Affairs (Director: Brian Depew) and Jamie Horter (rural artist, M12 cohort member, and future Epicenter Frontier). During their week in Lyons (and surroundings), Maria and Jarod will engage in a rural-to-rural exchange through a presentation for local leaders, conversations, a walking feedback tour of Lyons, and by gathering lessons learned in…

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Epicenter Closed: Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017 - November 27, 2017

To give our staff and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer time with friends and family, Epicenter will be closed November 22-26, 2017. We will reopen on November 27, 2017, at 9:00 am.

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Frontier Fellowship: Jason Dilworth

November 26, 2017 - December 20, 2017

Jason Dilworth joins Epicenter as a Frontier Fellow from November 26 - December 20, 2017. Jason Dilworth has a BFA in Visual Communication from Weber State University (Ogden, UT) and a MFA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth (Richmond, VA). His art and practice reflect a love of geology, history, and ecology. He has collaborated with artists and designers in Sweden, Iceland, Nepal, and Germany. Jason is a co-founder of the collective Designers & Forests. "I’m most excited about being…

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December 2017

Light the Night

December 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Light the Night is a community-wide light parade and holiday programming that Epicenter helped start in 2015. The light parade, which never disappoints, features locally designed, decorated, and driven creations starts at 7 pm and runs from east to west on Main Street. Programming, typically showcasing local singers and dancers, is held shortly after in the recreational building at the corner of Pearl and Main streets, next to the Green River Bible Church. Light (often warm and sweet) refreshments are…

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February 2018

Frontier Fellowship: Jamie Horter

February 16, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Jamie Horter is a rural advocate, community artist, and community coach based in Lyons, NE (pop.851). She created her first public work when she was commissioned at the age of 10 to paint a mural in the elementary hallway of her hometown school. Then and now, her works are inclusive and community centered, often placing rural citizens in the design process as co-creators. Jamie’s work is multidisciplinary in scope and her work is informed by a personal history of eclectic…

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