Green River Spring Summit to Plant the Seeds for More Creative Investing in Rural Utah March 30 – April 1, 2022 | News, Sports, Jobs


Danny Baxter

Attendee at a previous Spring Summit.

GREEN RIVER – The Green River Spring Summit 2022, co-hosted by Epicenter (Green River) and Granary Arts (Ephraim), will bring together designers, architects, artists, curators, cultural producers and community organizers to share ideas around the concept of “Home .” This three-day event focuses on cultivating and empowering creative investment in rural Utah by bringing together a network of leaders passionate about rural culture and community, creating opportunities for the development of new collaborations in rural Utah and beyond .

Rather than the typical conference format, the 2022 Spring Summit will emphasize conversation, peer-run workshops and interactive group experiences to enable a more horizontal exchange of ideas. A variety of activities will be offered, including campfire talks, hands-on workshops, a public service project, project walks, a pop-up exchange meeting, a public art installation, performances, and many group meals. All participants are by invitation only, from those just starting their careers to experts in their fields. Everyone attends the Summit as participants and contributors to share and learn from each other.

Follow the event by tuning in to #ComeHomeToGreenRiver on social media and consider attending the MASS Design Group in-person presentation:


Joseph Kunkel & Matt Smith: MASS Design Group (Santa Fe, NM)

The mission of the MASS Design Group is to research, build and advocate architecture that promotes justice and human dignity. Kunkel & Smith will deliver a public keynote at the Summit. Learn more at

Elpitha Tsoutsounakis (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Elpitha D. Tsoutsounakis is a Cretan-American designer, printer and educator based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an Assistant Professor and Founding Instructor of the Multidisciplinary Design Program at the University of Utah, where she teaches design studios, research methods, and visual strategy. Tsoutsounakis will deliver a private keynote lecture and host her Ocher Office Hours during the Summit. More at

Emilie Taylor Welty (New Orleans, LA)

Emilie Taylor Welty directs the design-build projects at the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design at the Tulane School of Architecture. She also serves as Associate Director of Tulane’s architecture program, where she is a leader in design-build and focused on teaching students how to become better designers, makers, and citizens. Emilie Taylor-Welty joins the Summit list to contribute to several aspects of the event. Find out more at

Nancy Rivera (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Nancy Rivera is a Mexican-American visual artist, curator, and art curator. As an artist, she works primarily in the fields of photography, video, sculpture and installation. Rivera is one of many Utah-based curators invited by Granary Arts to present at the Summit. More at

Ashley Hanson & Brian Laidlaw (Moab, UT & Granite Falls, Minnesota)

Ashley Hanson is an artist, community organizer, entrepreneur and advocate for rural arts. Hanson was an Obama Fellow in 2018 and a Bush Fellow in 2019. Along with Brian Laidlaw, poet, songwriter and educator, they are The Family Trade, a band that will lead a songwriting workshop and perform a public concert at the Summit. More at

Chip Thomas (Navajo Nation)

Chip Thomas, also known as “Jetsonorama,” is a photographer, public artist, activist, and physician working between Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon in the Navajo Nation since 1987. Chip will install new artwork and give a keynote address for summit attendees and students at Green River High School. More at

Ken Layne: Desert Oracle (Joshua Tree, CA)

Ken Layne is Editor and Editor of DESERT ORACLE, the pocket-sized field guide to the mysterious American Southwest, and author of Desert Oracle Vol. 1 and the desert utopian (dystopian?) novel Dignity. Every Friday night – and anytime via podcast delivery systems – Layne hosts DESERT ORACLE RADIO on KCDZ 107.7 FM in Joshua Tree, CA. Layne will share his campfire stories at a private event during the summit. More at

William Tyler (Los Angeles, California)

William Tyler is a guitarist and composer who creates instrumental soundscapes somewhere between new age, folk and avant-garde classical. During the summit, he will provide a soundtrack to the event, including the opening private dinner. More at

The Spring Summit is sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, AmeriCorps, Colorado River & Trails Expeditions (“CRATE”), Desert Oracle, Emery Telcom, Field Notes, Green River High School, Hatt’s Ranch, the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, KZMU Moab, March Studio (LA), MASS Design Group (Santa Fe), The National Endowment for the Arts, PACT (Green River), River Rock Inn, River Terrace Inn, Rural Utah Project, Sleepy Hollow Motel and the Tulane School of Architecture.

Epicenter supports creative initiatives that honor the past, empower the present, and build the future they envision with their community in Green River, Utah. Epicenter is a vibrant center for rural investment and cultural exploration of the rural west through its Frontier Fellowship residency program, events such as the Summit, and other work in architecture and design. This is the third Summit hosted by Epicenter and the first to welcome Granary Arts as co-hosts. More at

Granary Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the contemporary arts through exhibitions, education and cultural programs and to serve as an anchor for artistic activity and community. We promote and exhibit regional and international artists; providing educational opportunities through programming, public relations and cultural events; and foster collaborative relationships with individuals, organizations and communities. More at


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