Faces of the Foundry – Jeffrey Dupra
Jeffrey Dupra could be described as a true Renaissance man of Nevada County. A talented writer, artist, performer, and musician, he generously spends much of his time volunteering for many local organizations, including the Miners Foundry. Today he shares his love of the Yuba, history, and Iris Dement.
Are you originally from Nevada County? If not, why did you decide to move to Nevada County? Where are you from originally?
I am from Rochester New York originally. I discovered Nevada County via a teammate on my College Track and Field team who was from Grass Valley. One look at the Yuba River and I knew I was coming back.
How did you first discover the Miners Foundry?
The first time I ever set foot inside the Foundry I saw a Michael Franti and Spearhead show, about the best introduction one could have.
What were your initial impressions of the Foundry?
I love history- particularly living history as embodied by the Foundry; it was a beautiful old building with great energy and on the night I first saw it the Foundry was filled to the roof with beautiful people.
What do you like the best about the Miners Foundry?
The Foundry holds an energy and a place in the Nevada City community that is inspiring and accessible; my favorite thing about the Foundry is that it is available as an artist, to rehearse, to practice, to create.
How did you become involved with Beyond Fire Tribe?
Along with Jesse Churchill, Aeron Miller, Isaiah Duseljee, and Jessica Wadatz, I am one of the OG members of the tribe. We started as a small, close group of friends who liked to burn.
What types of Foundry events do you most enjoy?
The Foundry is a great place for diversity; personal favorites include Burnal Equinox, Iris Dement, Greg Brown, and the Psychic Fair and Fright Night.
Would you encourage others to become involved with the Miners Foundry? Why?
The Foundry is a hub for creativity, art, expression, and is a great place to be, feel, and get connected to the community at large, so YES- I would encourage anyone to step in and be involved in whatever capacity fits their vision and need for creative outlet. I would recommend that people volunteer at the Foundry. There is a palpable sense of creativity in our community and performing and creating artistically is just one part of this whole- volunteering supports others doing the same thing and really gives a sense of investment and responsibility in not just creating that vibe but sustaining it as well.