Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Seminar
An Initiative of Butler University's Center for Faith and
Participants for the first seminar have been
Included in the first seminar are 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 disciplies
include music composition, painting, photography, poetry, fiction
"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".
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.
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 are 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.
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. - 7:00p.m.
Session II Fall 2014 seminar dates are September 16,
23, 30, October 7, 14 and 21.
Session II Fall 2014 culminating Exhibition and Program date
What is Required for Consideration?
- An artist's statement of his/her philosophy.
- A resume.
- 4-6 examples of your work or a bibliography (for
publications). No web site links please.
- A 500 word statement on what draws you to a program on
religion, spirituality and the arts (share an experience; discuss
what questions you wrestle with in the intersection of religion and
How to Submit:
- Please send ALL four completed requirements as attachments
(incomplete submissions will not be accepted) in an email
to: Dr. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso at RSA@butler.edu, subject line: RSA
submission Your Name.
1. Artist statement
2. Artist resume
3. 4-6 examples of work or bibliography of publications,
no web site links please
4. 500 word statement on what draws you to this
- All applications should be submitted between April 1
and 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.