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Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum’s 2019 Symposium

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum is hosting its 2019 Symposium in Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ), an internationally recognized icon and destination for most architects, landscape architects, and designers. Illuminated by the visionary and mystical figure of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century, Taliesin West offers participants a place that is naturally and architecturally beautiful and inspiring. It is the perfect context where to meditate, sense, discuss, and even plan how to best harness the continuous interactions between nature, design, and spirituality. It also permits attendees to consider the little-addressed yet important legacy of FLW’s spiritual sensibility, belief, and practices vis-à-vis his work. Spending time within and without the remarkable Taliesin West will surely make participants better understand this contribution (60 years after his passing) in light of the mission of ACSF and the huge challenges facing the world today.

Although the Eleventh Annual Meeting will be held at Taliesin West (May 16-19, 2019), conference accomodations will be at the Franciscan Renewal Center, a peaceful, confortable, and friendly place only a few miles away from the symposium venue.

As in previous symposia, ACSF 11 is structured around a main topic (in this case “Continuity in/of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality”) but also open to ideas, works, and proposals relevant to the Forum’s areas of interest. The number of attendees will be kept small to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will free time for connecting to oneself, the surrounding desert, and, of course, Taliesin West. The three keynote speakers will be:  renowned architect Will Bruder, Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Michael Desmond, and internaiontally recognized Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, the recipient of the 2019 ACSF Award for Outstanding Achievement. Part of the symposium activities will include a elective visit to Arcosanti.

Established in 2007, the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum provides an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. ACSF believes that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

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The Arts and Ecumenism: What Theology Risks in Artistic Creation

 

REFORMATION COMMEMORATION 1517 – 2017

What:

On the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality together with the Institut Supérieur de Théologie et Art of the Institut Catholique de Paris, the Faculté de Théologie Protestante of the Université de Strasbourg, the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence) and the Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Centrale, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Community of Jesus present an international symposium with sessions in Paris, Strasbourg, Florence, New Haven (CT) and Orleans (MA).

The symposium will discuss Catholic and Protestant approaches to art through history, theology, liturgical contexts, and post-Vatican II developments, with specific references to areas of exchange between American and European viewpoints.

The final weekend of the Symposium in October 2017, in Orleans MA, will be the culmination of the exploration of sacred arts and ecumenism: a celebration of “The Word in Color and Form” focusing on the creativity behind and expression in both the visual and performing arts. The Community of Jesus will host live workshop demonstrations of mosaic, fresco, and Gregorian chant; lecture presentations of papers and panel discussions; exhibits of contemporary sacred art by artists Susan Kanaga and Filippo Rossi; liturgies of Compline, Choral Evensong, and Eucharist; and a fully staged presentation of Vaughan Williams’ opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress, performed by the internationally-acclaimed choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, in the Church of the Transfiguration.

Where:

Paris, France (May 12 & 13)

Strasbourg, France (May 19 & 20)

Florence, Italy (May 25, 26 & 27)

New Haven, CT, USA (Oct. 21 & 22)

Orleans, MA, USA (Oct. 27, 28 & 29)

When:

May – October 2017

Registration and more Information:

www.artsandecumenism.org/

The Word in Color, Action, Music, and Form

REFORMATION COMMEMORATION 1517 – 2017

The Arts and Ecumenism: What Theology Risks in Artistic Creation

What:

Among the contexts of Christian experience open to the arts and music, today as in the past, monastic life has particular importance, its contemplative dimension predisposing the free creative act in which the Holy Spirit is present.

The final session of our symposium thus unfolds in an ecumenical monastery in the Benedictine tradition, the Community of Jesus, known for its commitment to sacred music and art. The session combines academic papers with examples of contemporary artistic production and musical performance, within the typically monastic framework of solemn liturgical celebration.

At the Community of Jesus’s monastery there is a second edition of the collaborative ecumenical exhibition inaugurated in the month of May in Florence, with works by Susan Kanaga, American and Protestant (a member of the Community of Jesus), and by Filippo Rossi, Italian and Roman Catholic

Where:

Monastery and Church of the Transfiguration
Community of Jesus
5 Bay View Drive
Orleans, Massachusetts 02653

When:

October 27, 28, 29

Registration and more Information:

www.artsandecumenism.org/

Sacred Arts in North American Contexts

REFORMATION COMMEMORATION 1517 – 2017

The Arts and Ecumenism: What Theology Risks in Artistic Creation

What:

The myriad array of religious traditions in North America has given rise to an equally diverse range of artistic expressions. These are informed by practices shaped by individuals and communities past and present, often calling notions of normativity, canon, and authority into question. This Yale session of our symposium lays out a series of case studies that demonstrate a range of these practices, both within and without specific liturgical contexts.

Where:

Yale University; Institute of Sacred Music Great Hall              Sterling Divinity Quadrangle                                                                      409 Prospect Street                                                                                       New Haven, Connecticut 06511

When:

October 20 – 21 2017

Registration and more Information:

www.artsandecumenism.org/