Monday, April 10, 2006
Creative Gifts: Global Conquest is Theme for Karitos 2006
One of America's most unique arts events is coming to the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, IL June 1-3. The Karitos Christian Arts Conference is a celebration of
faith and artdesigned to encourage excellence among Christian artists whether they work in the local church or in the arts and entertainment field. The theme of this year's conference is Creative Gifts: Global Impact.
Karitos features workshops, general sessions and exciting evening celebrations. The evenings feature extravagant worship that incorporates a wide array of artistic disciplines as well as performances by well-know artists. A dance, mime, drama and film showcase, an art gallery and coffeehouse give attendees opportunities to share their talents.
With over 100 workshops in nine separate tracks, Karitos offers something for every artist. Many of the more than forty-plus teachers perform and minister internationally. Dancers Yvonne Peters and Pamela Rutherford-Hardy, actress and film producer Diane Wigstone, Christian music veteran Glenn Kaiser, and Youth With A Mission's Larry Hefty are among this group. Hefty, who has trained musicians and artists in such diverse places as China, India, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, aptly fits the term "Musicianary."
Other noted teachers include Rory Noland, author of the popular book, The Heart of the Artist, visual artists Timothy Botts and Richard Hight, and actor Carl Peters. As an added attraction, a twelve-member team of Native American dancers and drummers under the direction of Terry LeBlanc will be teaching and performing. They are part of a growing movement among Native North American Christians who are reclaiming their culture and using it to glorify God.
Workshops will cover theatre, music, dance, mime, film, worship, writing, visual arts and audio/visual technology. Whether you are part of your church worship, drama or dance ministry, or pursuing a career in the arts, Karitos is not to be missed. For registration, showcase or vendor information, call 847/749-1284 or go to
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