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'Arts for a Better Future'

Published:Sunday | July 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

ARTS FOR a Better Future (ABF) is a seven-step, five-day workshop based on Brian Schrag's Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals (William Carey Library, 2013).

ABF is designed to train advocates of the arts, people who can help a community recognise, value, and plan to use their own arts to meet sustainable developmental needs and goals. Participatory training methods are used with attendees. These methods will include group discussions, accomplishing actual research and co-creation activities, individual reflection, and application to contexts they know.

The Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS), with the support of CREW 40:4, is excited at the opportunity to host president of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists, Dr Robin Harris, and vice-president in charge of training, Dr Brian Schrag (also ethnoarts director for SIL International). This is the first time that ABF will be taught by them outside of the United States and the United Kingdom.

Core values

JTS is particularly interested in hosting this workshop because of the focus on cultural relevance and on bringing about community transformation. These are two of their core values. At least some, if not all, of the projects that arise from this workshop will be monitored and documented. It is anticipated that this course will contribute greatly to building positive relationships within and between communities, making Jamaica, the region, and, ultimately, the world a better place in which to 'live, work and do business'.

ABF JAMAICA is scheduled to be held July 27-July 31. The week kicks off with a church service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 27 at Grace Missionary Church, where Dr Schrag and Dr Harris will share more about their global work in West and Central Africa and Siberia. All other sessions of the workshop will be held on the main campus of the JTS, 14 West Avenue, Kingston 8.

Although there is a cost attached to the workshop, literary, visual and performing artists, and church and community leaders, are invited to attend a gathering hosted by JTS and CREW 40:4 on Monday evening, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. on the JTS campus. Here you will learn more about the institutions involved and have the opportunity to discuss how the church can be more intentional about using the arts in worship, evangelism and mission in ways that are culturally relevant. Persons will also have the opportunity to interact with some of the local and international participants of the workshop.

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