Tallgrass Film Association
Wichita, KS

Join artist-in-residence Travis Neel for a screening of the short film “The Mesquite Mile” at the Tallgrass Film Association in Wichita, KS. 

“The Mesquite Mile” is a short film by Lubbock-based artist Travis Neel in collaboration with Erin Charpentier, Kim Karlsrud, and Daniel Phillips documenting the relocation of regionally historic mesquite trees from commercial agricultural land (where they are considered a nuisance) to Lubbock’s urban core, creating a resilient, drought resistant shade canopy across converted front lawns of the Heart of Lubbock neighborhood. Travis and his collaborators were awarded an Interchange Artist Grant from Mid-America Artist Alliance in 2021 to produce the film.



1pm – 3pm
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Strong City, KS

Join artist-in-residence Emmy Lingscheit for a come-and-go zine workshop in the limestone barn at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Supplies will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own collage elements.

Emmy Lingscheit is a visual artist working in printmaking, installation, comics, and zines. Across recent bodies of work, she explores our entanglements with the non-human world: interdependencies between beings and across time, and from a microscopic level up to the scale of our global economy. Emmy grew up in South Dakota, holds a BFA in painting from St. Cloud State University, and an MFA in printmaking from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She currently lives in Urbana, IL, where she is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Our annual gathering of Tallgrass residents and community members.

10am-12pm – Community Open Studios, organized by Matfield Green Works (multiple locations)
1:00-3:00pm – Artist Reception at the School for Rural Culture & Creativity with pie (cash sales) and coffee 
3:00pm – Symposium Part 1 (the School gymnasium)
4:00pm – Break 
4:15pm – Symposium Part 2 
5:00pm – Break
5:15pm – Keynote speaker Janine Antoni (30 min. presentation + Q&A)
6:00pm – Break, Music by Kelly and Diana Werts and Susan Mayo
6:30pm – Dinner served in the gym. Music by Ryan Klassen. $15 suggested donation supports ongoing renovations to the School building. RSVP’s are encouraged, but not mandatory.
8:00pm – Bonfire at Timber Arches 

Leslie VonHolten writes about the connections between land and culture. Her work includes environmental science, art history, community history, literature, and undertold stories. Her art writing has been published in Pitch, Lawrence.com, and Ceramics Art + Perception, with new work forthcoming in The New Territory and Literary Landscapes. Sometimes she also curates a show or makes a zine. She lives in Kansas, where she mostly grew up.

Join us on Zoom for artist talk and Q&A with Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, a multimedia artist, activist/organizer, critic, and educator based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Register in advance at: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZAlfu…

As a Tulsa Artist Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he convened a Movement Research Studies Project, “Decolonial Design, Indigenous Choreography, and Multicorporeal Sovereignties: A Womanist/Queer/Trans Indigenous Movement Dialogue.” A Movement Research Artists of Color Council Core Member, he creates multimedia movement work with womanist/queer/trans Indigenous and people of color artists, educators, and organizers.

12pm – 1:30pm
Matfield Community Church

Join us Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Matfield Community Church in Matfield Green, KS to hear artist in residence Jeremiah Ariaz talk about his practice and current project, The Fourth Estate, which is focused on small town newspaper offices and the critical role they play in our shared democracy.