We need our artists. Their job is to find fresh language for the human experience. When conversations fail, when communities and families divide, when we feel disconnected, it's possible that just the right poem, play or painting will make a difference. Art reminds us of our humanity, sparks empathy and helps us see another side. That is why Everwood Farmstead Foundation does what it does.
PRESS (CLICK PUBLICATIONS)
MnArtists from Walker Art 2023
“Refuge and Rejuvenation: Artist Retreats of Minnesota and Wisconsin"
“Inspiring conversations with Chris Everett of Everwood Farmstead"
“After ‘a moment of failure,’ John Mark Nelson holed up in a
100-year-old barn and captured his most honest album yet”
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 2017
“Couple opens old Glenwood City farm as retreat for artists”
Mpls StPaul Home & Design Magazine 2016
“A Sanctuary For Storytellers”
Glenwood City Tribune Press Reporter 2014
“Everwood Farmstead Foundation Shares Funds With Area Schools”
MISSION / VISION
To host inspiring spaces where artists can perform, teach and work in a natural environment.
We will strengthen our community through the power of art.
With a spirit of hospitality, the Foundation will bring three powerful elements together—artists, nature and diverse communities.
1) We value hospitality because it’s what makes us feel at home
2) We value artists because they are our storytellers
3) We value nature because it centers and refreshes us
4) We value diverse communities because they make
WHO WE'RE SERVING
1. PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS
The professional artist who is looking for a unique performance venue with a diverse audience, an inspiring space to teach their craft or advance an artistic pursuit, and a circle of kindred spirits.
2. ASPIRING ARTISTS
Someone who is looking for a way to explore and hone their artistic talents and just the right performance, school program, workshop or mentor could make a difference.
3. COMMUNITY MEMBERS
The arts enthusiast who appreciates our unique venue and its connection to nature.
ARTIST SERIES (PERFORM)
A wide array of professional artists are invited to perform or show in the 100 year-old barn, a 150 seat venue. The Series brings together rural audiences hungry for the arts and urban audiences looking for unique experiences. The Series will be produced four times a year, on average, from June through October.
Through the Artist Series, we have welcomed artists such as jeremy messersmith, Theater Latté Da, Chastity Brown, Kevin Kling, HALEY, Charlie Parr, Bad Bad Hats, Sally Wingert, John Mark Nelson, The Cactus Blossoms, Ten Thousand Things, Rogue Valley, and ARENA Dances.
The Foundation provides half of the proceeds from each pay-what-you-can event to the artists and the other half to local school programs. Since 2012, the Foundation has given almost $33,000 to local school programs via the Aspiring Artists Fund.
ARTIST WORKSHOPS (TEACH)
Workshops are designed to inform and inspire both aspiring and professional artists with focused, hands-on practice. These small groups become supportive communities for both instructors and students to share conversation and progress long after the workshop is done.
The Workshops have included Watercolor for Beginners with Coco Connolly, Songwriting with John Mark Nelson, Storytelling for Young Writers with Amanda Zieba, Mask Making with Sandy Spieler, and Sustainable Fashion with Kathryn Sterner and Emily Bryngelson.
ARTIST RETREAT (WORK)
The Artist Retreat is designed for the professional artist who needs a nurturing space in a natural setting to advance a creative project in solitude. The program will be available between June and September.
Everwood Farmstead Foundation is a charity recognized as
tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3).
CHRIS EVERETT President
MICHELLE HAYWARD Vice-president
BILL UNDERWOOD Secretary & Treasurer