Pacific Union Conference and AZSDAYouth
“Here by Design”
InSpire is a weekend of interaction, music, art, and more that focuses on using the arts to communicate God’s message of hope and healing to our community and world. It is a gathering of Adventist creatives open to all and begins on Friday evening and runs through Sunday morning with an outdoor activity. If you are an Adventist creative (artist, musician, photographer, poet, songwriter, videographer and/or writer, etc.), we invite you to join us for this unique and transformative experience.
WHEN: February 17 – 19, 2023
WHERE: Adventist Worship Center 15220 N. 39th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85053
FREE ADMISSION: Anyone may attend, with or without registration, but the registration fee includes some pretty good perks (the included T-shirt and Sabbath meal more than offsets the cost).
EARLY REGISTRATION Now through Dec. 5, 2022. In addition to the event (which is free to all), registration includes a pen, name tag, T-shirt, Sabbath meal, note pad, and the option to submit two photos to the “Here by Design” art project. The registration fee is $10 per person. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Friday, Feb. 17 – TBA
Sabbath, Feb. 18 –
9:00 — Set up artwalk
9:30 — Artwalk open
10:00 – Singer/Songwriter — TBA
Poetry reading — TBA
Welcome and Songs of Praise — TBA
10:30 – Panel Discussion — Antoine Augustus, Duane Calkins, Melanie Cruz, Rich DuBose, Elfred Lee, and Bobby McGee
The idea that we’re here to serve a purpose should inspire us to no end! Yet, many struggle to find their place. Something about art and creative expression exposes us to new ideas and possibilities. As we celebrate God’s gifts, let’s listen for what He may be trying to tell us.
11:00 — Break
11:15 – Welcome and Introduction (Songs of Praise)
Artist Preview (introductions)
A Time for Giving — TBA
Music feature — Mark Kibble
Spoken Word (Scripture) — Antoine Augustus
11:40 – Message — Elfred Lee
Born in Korea to missionary parents in 1940, Elfred Lee is renowned in Adventist circles and beyond for his exquisite paintings and artistic depictions of people, nature, and more. Elfred Lee’s education includes two master’s and an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from San Jose State University, California; Syracuse University, New York; and Faith College, Birmingham, Alabama, with special training at the University of London, England and Hebrew University, Israel. He has taught at several colleges and universities in the United States and Mexico, including nine years as founding chairman of the Art Department of Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama.
Lunch – 12:30 (Break for lunch) – TBA
Artwalk – Time after lunch for participants to take in the art and talk with the artists. Impromptu music and sharing.
Time to Explore
2:30 – The afternoon session consists of a number of TED Talk-like presentations, each lasting 15-20 minutes, followed by a time for discussion. This means things will move along quickly.
- Antoine Augustus
- Duane Calkins
- Milton Coronado
- Mark Kibble
- Alan Lacy
- Elfred Lee
- Jonny Wilczynski
- Stephanie Wilczynski
Evening – 7:00 pm
Feature Film – Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest
Sunday, Feb. 19 –
Milton Coronado – Wall painting
For more information about InSpire or the Adventist Society for the Arts go to https://adventistsocietyforthearts.org/inspire-2023-arizona/