About Outdoors Unscripted

The new Outdoors Unscripted Festival’s mission is to host an annual three-day celebration of Midwestern outdoor adventure through storytelling, visual arts, and diverse community engagement.  Outdoors Unscripted is designed to drive economic growth, inspire open conversation, and build environmental consciousness in Douglas County, Kansas, and throughout the Great Plains.

Outdoors Unscripted began in 2018 as the 38 North Festival, which was an annual one-night event dedicated to creative storytelling about outdoor adventures in Kansas. 38 North was a successful annual festival through 2022 under the leadership of founder Jonathan Groene and a group of passionate volunteers. After a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the final 38 North Festival was held in 2022. The new leadership team and board are excited to keep the original spirit of the festival while expanding its scope and vision.

Board of Directors:

  • Sarah Bishop, Chair
    CEO, Coneflower Consulting
  • Emily Ryan, Vice Chair
    Director, The Commons at the University of Kansas
  • Nicole Reiz, Secretary
    Director, Professional Development & Communications, Office of Graduate Studies at The University of Kansas
  • Jeremy Mullis, Treasurer
    Director of Web and Graphic Design, Coneflower Consulting
  • Hannah Bailey
    Director of Grants and Program Development, Coneflower Consulting
  • Kathryn Clark
    Director of Communications and Strategic Development, Coneflower Consulting
  • Sofia Galarza Liu
    Head of Collections Management, Spencer Museum of Art
  • David Hollond
    Founder and Director, Free State Story Slam, Lawrence Arts Center
  • Mike Logan
    Owner and Operator, The Granada, Abe & Jake’s, Lucia, and Lawrence Beer Company
  • Emily Peterson
    Owner/Operator, Merchants Pub & Plate
  • Kyla Strid
    Director of Artist Residencies and Adult Education, Lawrence Arts Center
  • Dave Tell
    Director of the Institute of Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas
    Professor of Communication Studies, University of Kansas
  • Bill Tsutsui
    President and CEO, Ottawa University