For anyone who is in New York (or can easily make it there in November), I highly recommend checking out this conversation sponsored by The Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture. The now 50 year old Society combines an emphasis on religion and the arts without selling either short, a rare feat indeed. And their list of fellows reads like an impressive who's who in these overlapping realms in the 20th century. A description of the event follows.
To observe its 50th year, The Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture is sponsoring a significant conversation on INTERSECTIONS of religion and the arts on November 11-12, 2011. The location is St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Lexington at 54th St. in NYC, a place noted for its architecture and its artistic elements and early location of the Society’s activities.
Some highlights of the event include:
- a concert by the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra from Boston on Friday evening And on Saturday
- performances by Emily Wells and Akim Funk Buddha
- a provocative keynote by the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, a dynamic pastor of a congregation in the East Village centered in the arts
- perspectives of the past, present and future of the intersections of the arts and religion by a distinguished panel
- a look at St. Peter’s unique contribution to the arts
- a conversation by directors, Dr. Ena Heller and Fr. Terrence Dempsey, S.J., of museums devoted to the exhibition of works of aesthetic quality and religious significance
- a painter-sculptor, Tobi Kahn, and a writer, Nessa Rapoport, evoking the numinous in the creation of sacred space
- a celebratory dinner honoring the Fellows of the Society and featuring a popular choir from Middle Collegiate Church in NYC The Society is initiating annual awards to young artists and theologians to mark this significant milestone.
Register now at www.sarcc.org for discounted fee. For inquiries, firstname.lastname@example.org.