Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Seminar
An Initiative of Butler University's Center for Faith and
Applications NOW being accepting for the Fall seminar
What is the Seminar?
Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts: A Symposium is a new
initiative to bring people together from diverse artistic
disciplines, practices and religious/spiritual perspectives for a
sustained study and reflection on a Biblical text. Twelve selected
participants will be part of a seminar that will engage the sacred
text as they seek inspiration to create new work (music, poetry,
visual art, dance, drama, narrative, liturgical art). These works
will be shared in the seminar and in a final community exhibition
on April 30, 2014.
The selected text for the spring is "The Binding of Isaac",
Genesis 22. The narrative raises many theological and human
questions and has been the inspiration for musical compositions,
paintings, sculptures and poetry.
Participants for the first
seminar Included Dawn Batson, Jean Benabou, Dan
Cooper, John Domont, Casey Eskridge, Jason Griffith, Pam Blevins
Hinkle, David Landis, Ray Marquette, Callie Smith, Julie Stewart
and Denise Williams. Artistic disciplines include music
composition, painting, photography, poetry, fiction and
"We are very excited by the caliber of the selected
participants," said Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Director of the
seminar. "They represent talent across the artistic disciplines,
and I am looking forward to working with such a dynamic group of
artists alongside an outstanding faculty".
Who are the Faculty?
Religious leader and author, Rabbi
Sandy Sasso (who has been adjunct faculty at Butler University
and Christian Theological Seminary) will direct the seminar. The
faculty for round one was Dr. Hilene Flanzbaum, Dr.
Elizabeth Mix and Dr. Michael Sells, professors of
creative writing, religion, art, music, dance and theater
respectively, from Butler University and Dr. Frank Burch Brown,
theologian on faculty from Christian Theological Seminary. The
faculty for round two of the seminars, in the Fall of 2014,
will be Dr. Hilene Flanzbaum, Mindy Taylor Ross, and Dr. Michael
What to Expect:
- A respectful and stimulating environment that is designed to
- A world class faculty from Butler and CTS from across the
disciplines of religion and the arts.
- A diverse group of students respectful of belief and
Who is Invited to Apply?
Applicant may be anyone in the community who is active (as a
professional or amateur) in one of the artistic disciplines.
Selected applicants must be able to make a commitment to attend all
six seminar sessions and engage in open and respectful dialogue.
There will be a matriculation fee of $100. Seminar participants
will produce creative work to be performed and/or exhibited in a
When and Where Will We Meet?
Sessions will be held for 2.5 hours weekly for a total of six
weeks and will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m.-8:30p.m. on the
campus of Butler University and the Christian Theological
Session I Spring 2014 seminar dates are January 28,
February 4, 11, 25, March 4 and 18.
Session I Spring 2014 culminating Exhibition and Program date is
April 30 from 5:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Session II Fall 2014 seminar (proposed) dates
are September 16, 23, October 7, 14, 28 and
November 4 (participants must be available to attend seminar
Session II Fall 2014 culminating Exhibition and Program date
early in 2015
What is Required for Consideration?
- Fill out the application form (link below for form) and return
with your submission
- Artist Resume
- 3 examples of your work, no web-site links are
How to Submit:
- Please send ALL three completed requirements as attachments
(incomplete submissions will not be accepted) by email
to: Dr. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso at RSA@butler.edu, subject line: RSA
submission Your Name.
1. Completed Application
Form (please click on this link to download form)
2. Artist resume
3. 3 examples of work, no web site links please
- Applications being accepted April 1 through May 15,
2014 (including May 15).
- For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Sasso either by email or at (317) 789-8853.
- A committee will review all submissions and respond with
acceptance/non-acceptance by email on June 20, 2014.
This project is being made possible through the generous
support of Lilly Endowment Inc.