Cracks Festival

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The first Cracks Festival is just a few days away.  Helping to plan and organize it has been a 14 month journey of creativity, inspiration, and nail-biting stress.  But that’s all over now; now the fun begins.

Its hard to believe that a casual conversation in a church hallway last year has turned into this one-of-a-kind event.  It is going to be an amazing weekend.  If you haven’t got your tickets, HURRY UP!

Check out the concerts and the workshops and the worship, then buy your tickets here.

Don’t miss it!  It really  is going to be great.

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The SpiritArt Mission

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The SpiritArt Program has a clear mission and goals. 

 Our mission is

  • To provide a safe and welcoming art space.
  • To offer programming that nurtures spirituality and inspires hope, creativity, growth and healing though artistic expression.
  • To build and nurture a sense of community and connection through programming.
  • To provide a structure which will sustain connections made and to provide ongoing opportunities for support for people in their spiritual journeys.

There are many great schools and studios in Ottawa offering instruction in the arts ranging from dance to drama, from painting to poetry.  If your goal is to improve your technique and learn from an expert, then you’ll easily find what you’re looking for.

But if, on the other hand, your goal is to grow personally and spiritually through your art, to connect to the Source of life and to heal your wounds by using your imagination and creativity, then your options are fewer.

Our Mission at SpiritArt is to offer precisely this kind of artistic exploration; art-making that leads to spiritual growth and a sense of  community, the kind of imaginative exploration that focuses on the process rather than the product.

We believe that the creative arts provide one of the best possible paths to growth, healing and healthy community.  Why? Because when we engage our imagination in creating something new, something that doesn’t yet exist, we are – by definition! – open to learning and growing.  And because, when we are learning and growing we are more likely to find the strength and resources we need to face our hurts and pains and overcome them.  AND because, when we’re using our imagination, we are – almost by definition – HAVING FUN!

And fun is something too many of us have too little of.

That’s why SpiritArt has a clear mission and goals that set it apart from most of the other arts-based organizations in the city.

 

We’re back! With lots of exciting news.

Whew! I am delighted to start posting again … finally.  There hasn’t been much action around here in a long time, but a lot of hard work has been happening away from the spotlight and now it is coming to fruition.

We’ll be announcing a whole bunch of exciting new initiatives and partnerships that are going to help Faith and Arts Ottawa fulfill its mission to offer imaginative arts-based programs that explore faith and spirituality.  I have been amazed at how many people and organizations share the vision of engaging in spiritual growth through the creative arts.  A new community of spirited artists is emerging.

Some highlights of what is coming:

  • a new art studio
  • over 20 incredibly diverse and exciting art workshops this fall.
  • poetry, painting, dance, music, journaling, sculpting, mask-making, and more!
  • a theatre tour all the way from Thunder Bay to Halifax.
  • two new theatrical productions in 2014.

Stay tuned!

“The god Monologues”

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The cast has been hard at work since the beginning of February and “The god Monologues” is taking shape. It is going to be engaging, honest, thought-provoking, and fun!

So… what are your questions about religion and spirituality? Is there a God? What is religion? Does prayer work? Does faith affect values? Does spirituality influence actions? Is there only one true religion?

If you resonate with any of these questions, then you’ll want to come see “The god Monologues.”

Here’s what you’ll experience: A cast of young adult actors exploring profound issues of faith, spirituality, belief and values using their own words, and the words of their peers. This is documentary theatre, drawn from real life, exploring real life issues.

Under the able direction of Eleanor Crowder and Anna Lewis, the cast of committed amateur actors have been stretching themselves for six weeks now, as they have explored the breadth of contemporary spirituality among young adults. With two weeks to go, the pressure is on and we’ve doubled the number of rehearsals each week. The result is going to be terrific theatre, and a meaningful exploration of some of life’s most profound and persistent questions.

Sunday, March 24th,

7:00 p.m.

Rideau Park United Church

Free Admission

The audience will have the opportunity to make a free will offering toward the work of Faith and Arts Ottawa.

I hope to see you there.