Friday, July 26, 2024 from 7-8:30pm
The Dusty Bookshelf
Manhattan, KS

Join us for live music and talk with singer-songwriter Brian Johannesen at the Dusty Bookshelf in Manhattan, upstairs in the mezzanine. This event is free and open to the public.

Brian Johannesen is a singer-songwriter, landscape polaroid photographer, and talent buyer in Iowa City, IA. He has recorded five albums, including his latest, Holster Your Silver, which was released in January of 2020, shortly before the world changed. Once the pandemic hit, it derailed all the plans he had laid for the next year, and ultimately the trajectory of his life and career, as it did for so many. He decided to pursue another passion – nature and sustainability. He decided to go back to school and earned a Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Iowa. As he studied, his worlds collided. He realized the most effective way to communicate the effects of the climate disaster was through telling the human stories of those impacted. Since then he has been gathering these stories, through travel and research, compiling them into a cohesive piece – a snapshot of a planet on the brink – like a polaroid, fuzzy, grainy, and uniquely its own.

Thursday, July 18 from 9:30-11am
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Strong City, KS

Join interdisciplinary artist Veronica Anne Salinas for a soundwalk–a guided listening tour–through a section of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. This soundwalk will engage soundscape exploration and ecological awareness of the tallgrass prairie as well as incorporate creative listening exercises, cardinal point meditations, and slow movement. The soundwalk will be held at 9:30am on July 18 coinciding with World Listening Day. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 2-4pm
The School for Rural Culture and Creativity
102A N Rogler St., Matfield Green, KS

Join us for a short talk and “fanzine” workshop with Philadelphia-based resident Kayla Romberger. In this workshop, participants will turn their deepest passions, secret knowledge, and unpublished expertise into a zine—using the provided printers and collage materials to create publications on topics near and dear to them. The workshop will begin with a brief talk on the history of zines and the independent art bookshop Romberger co-runs in Philadelphia, Ulises.

Zines (pronounced “ZEENS”) or “fanzines,” originated in the 1930s and ‘40s with the creation of self-published magazines by science-fiction fans for discussing content they loved. Gradually zines gained popularity within sports, literature, and music genres in the 1970s, becoming particularly aligned with the punk movement. Today, zines remain a pleasurable and practical outlet for sharing content with like-minded readers and fans, if not for the pleasure of the producer alone.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Limestone Barn
Strong City, KS

Join us for a come-and-go workshop of card weaving with visiting artist Poppy DeltaDawn. Card weaving, or “tablet weaving” is an ancient practice, but easy to learn using a few modern supplies. This activity is great for kids or adults, and no prior weaving experience is necessary!

This event is free and open to the public.

Poppy DeltaDawn is an artist and educator making work that is guided by material. Her current research includes the communication and transition between ancient and modern technologies of labor as they relate to cloth production, land cultivation, and lineages of knowledge.

Projects include exhibitions and projects at H Space Gallery & Muted Horn (Cleveland, OH), Ortega y Gassett Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Below Grand (NYC), Zürcher Gallery (NYC), Standard Space (Sharon, CT), and Heidelberg Project in Detroit, among others. Residencies and fellowships that she has participated in are numerous and include a Media Arts Fellowship and Workspace Fellowship at BRIC Arts Media (Brooklyn, NY), and artist residencies at Caldera Arts (Sisters, OR), the Studios at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), ACRE Residency (Steuben, WI), and a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), among others.

DeltaDawn’s work has been written about in Site Unseen, Hyperallergic, and Maake Magazine, among other publications. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, both in Fiber. Prior to beginning her current appointment of Assistant Professor of Visual Art in Textiles at the University of Kansas, DeltaDawn was a Full Time Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2022-2023, and has also taught in the Fiber & Material Studies departments at Tyler School of Art, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Matfield Community Church
205 Bocook St.
Matfield Green, KS

Join us for two programs by artists-in-residence, David Wayne Reed and Averi Israel. David’s presentation “Land: Livelihood, Loss and Legacy” will start at 2pm inside Matfield Community Church. Averi’s talk and ice cream-making demonstration/social will follow around 3pm. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Averi Israel is a writer/producer/director from the eight cities that raised her. She moved to New York City to pursue a Film Studies degree from Columbia University, where she graduated as the class recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. Now she is cultivating a career at the intersection of art and activism, exploring themes of race, gender, sexuality, violence, and love in the context of American culture. As a writer, her pieces for stage and film consist primarily of historical fiction works highlighting obscured corners of the Black experience, seeking to root our contemporary moment in both its foundational past and visionary future. She is a 2022 recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts Women’s Fund for Media Music and Theatre, a member of Theatre Producers of Color Cohort III, and a 2023 Athena Film Festival Writers Lab participant.

Matfield Community Church
205 Bocook St.
Matfield Green, KS

Join us for two programs by artists-in-residence, David Wayne Reed and Averi Israel. David’s presentation “Land: Livelihood, Loss and Legacy” will start at 2pm inside Matfield Community Church. Averi’s talk and ice cream-making demonstration/social will follow around 3pm. 

This event is free and open to the public

David Wayne Reed (he/him) is a writer/director inspired by narratives of landscape, memory, transformation, and time. His work can be found on page, on stage, and on screen and includes: land and flower, Eternal Harvest, Goliath, Help Yourself, Jolly Rancher, Shelf Life, and more.

Tallgrass Film Center
120 E 1st St. N, Unit 113, Wichita, KS

Join artist-in-residence Colleen Thurston for a presentation of her work in documentary film, including current work-in-progress DROWNED LAND: “Deep in the Choctaw Nation rages a fight to preserve the Kiamichi River, reckoning with a cycle of land loss for the Indigenous diaspora and the community at large.” 

This event is free and open to the public, but you can reserve seats at:…/66328dd09e5f…

Colleen Thurston is a documentary storyteller and film curator from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her films explore the relationships between humans and the natural world and focus on Indigenous perspectives. Colleen has produced for the Smithsonian Channel, Vox, PBS, and federal, tribal, and non profit organizations. Her work has screened at international film festivals and broadcast nationwide. She has received support from Firelight Media, the Sundance Institute, Patagonia, ITVS, the Redford Center and Creative Capital.

Colleen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, the project coordinator for the Indigenous video series, Native Lens, and is a programmer for Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Make Believe Seattle. She’s curated film programs for institutions such as the Momentary (Bentonville, AR), UCLA Film and Television Archives and Vidiots (Los Angeles, CA), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.). Colleen is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Konza Prairie Biological Station
Manhattan, KS

Join artist-in-residence Madeline Cass for a presentation at Konza Prairie Biological Station in Manhattan, KS, “Shifting Landscapes: Capturing Natural Histories through Wetlands, Extinct Birds, and Prairie Fire”

**Please note: This event is at the KPBS Meeting Hall in the limestone barn. DRIVE PAST THE NATURE TRAIL PARKING LOT to KPBS headquarters for event parking.**

Madeline Cass is a multidisciplinary artist based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Growing up in a major monoculture state, Cass’ worldview has formed by seeking overlooked wildness that exists around us and how people can connect to these spaces. Her work examines the multitude of relationships between art, science, nature, and humanity. Acting as a translator for nature, her practice is formed by sauntering and examining the landscape intimately, fostering dialogue and empathy. Through interacting with her local habitat in unexpected ways and inviting others to join, she offers alternative pathways into environmental consciousness and ecological thinking.

Join us in celebrating the 8th year of the Tallgrass Artist Residency in Matfield Green! Events are free, but bring cash for meals.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

10:00am-12:00pm – Community Open Studios by Matfield Green Works (multiple locations)

12:00pm-2:00pm – Lunch Break (local lunch stand with brats, hotdogs, chips, etc. or visit Cottonwood Falls)

2:00-3:15pm – Artist Symposium Part 1 (at the School for Rural Culture & Creativity)

3:15-3:30pm – Break

3:30-4:30pm – Symposium Part 2

4:30-5:30pm – Music & games outside the School

5:30-6:30pm – Dinner at the School ($15 suggested donation)

7:00pm – Evening hangout TBD

10am – 1pm
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Strong City, KS

Join artist-in-residence Elizabeth Wenger for a free writing workshop at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve on Saturday, August 19. Registration is strongly encouraged. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own snacks or sack lunches.

In this free generative writing workshop, Elizabeth Wenger will guide participants in taking the prairie as inspiration to create poetry and/or prose pieces. The goal is not to create finished, polished products, but to use writing as a tool to connect with surroundings and the land. 

As part of this workshop, Elizabeth will read nature poetry and discuss the various ways language can be used to describe, recreate, and humanize landscapes. After reading and discussing a few poems, participants will embark on a short nature walk taking notes on what is seen and heard, followed by responsive writing. 

No prior writing experience is necessary. Come ready to write with paper and a pen or pencil. 

Elizabeth J. Wenger is a queer writer from Oklahoma. Wenger is currently an MFA student at Iowa State University’s program in Creative Writing and Environment. She is at work on a collection of essays, but still manages to pump out the occasional short story. Wenger is interested in exploring various ideas and definitions of ‘The Natural’ in politics, culture, technology, and the built environment. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Hopper, orange peel literary magazine, Utah Lake Anthology, Litbreak, and more.