Advanced Registration Deadline Nears for Karitos 2007
Advanced registration for Karitos 2007 ends June 4. Karitos, one of America’s most unique Christian arts conferences, will be held August 2-4 at Living Waters Community Church in Bolingbrook, IL. The conference offers over 100 work-shops covering all areas of the arts. General sessions and exciting evening celebrations that feature extravagant worship highlighting the different art forms as well as exciting performances by guest faculty members are also planned.
Karitos was begun in 1995 for the purpose of encouraging and equipping Christians in the arts. “For too long, large segments of the church ignored the arts,” says Rev. Bob Hay, Karitos Director. “That is changing. There is a growing acceptance of the arts as well as an awareness of their importance in today’s visual age. Pastors are turning to conferences such as Karitos as they seek to equip the artists in their congregations and to integrate the arts into the ministry of the church,” says Hay.
An outstanding faculty will lead workshops in music, visual arts, theatre, literary arts, dance, worship, audio/visual
technology and film. New faces on this year’s faculty include Vivien Hibbert, considered one of the finest teachers on the theology of worship, plus visual artists Dan Addington and J. Michael Spooner. Spooner has served as an Art Director and consultant for Disney Animation, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers and Big Idea Productions. Also novelist Patricia Hickman, Betsey Newenhuyse, Acquisitions Editor for Moody Press, and Blake Engel, a church sound and acoustics consultant.
Returning faculty include visual artist Richard Hight, dancer Pamela Rutherford Hardy, actress and film producer DianeWigstone, Christian music veteran Glenn Kaiser, and worship leader Cory Ratliff. One of the highlights of this year’s conference will be a special performance by the AcroDramance Theater Company. AcroDramance blends acrobatics, drama and dance in an amazing display of beauty, strength and agility..
Other highlights of this year’s conference include Hip Hop Hope, a five-hour Saturday afternoon youth event featuring Christian hip hop, rap and spoken word artists, a dance/mime/drama/music showcase, and a juried art exhibition. Also critique sessions for songwriters, visual artists, and script-writers plus a newly added vocal track and an expanded audio/visual track designed to train both beginning and experienced church technical people in sound, multi-media, power point and video.
Registration information along with a schedule of the workshops is posted on the Karitos website, www.karitos.com. Information is also available by calling 847/749-1284.