Intersections Arts Conference ~ March 17

Intersections: Faith and the Arts Conference 2012 will be held this year on Saturday, March 17 at Oak Hills Church in Folsom.  This conference, featuring local Sacramento-area artists and speakers, is intended to help further the dialogue between faith and the arts.  This dialogue includes both connecting artists of all disciplines together, as well as connecting deeper with the theological and spiritual aspects of the arts.  This year, we have a wide variety of artists speaking, and many other opportunities to connect with one another. We believe that any artist of faith will gain insight and encouragement from the event.  Please register now by emailing impact.admin@oakhills.org to reserve your spot.

We are quite pleased that our speakers this year represent a wide variety of disciplines, including film, theater, dance, music, and writing, as well as theology of the arts:

Alan Koshiyama,  an award-winning composer with an impressive resume of feature film, television, video game (can you say “Pac-Man Party”?), and national commercial work with clients including Disney, Time Warner, various national networks, and video games.  Variety Magazine calls Koshiyama’s music “evocative.”  Koshiyama also serves as Worship Music Director at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville.

Steve Scott, British expat, finished art school  in the mid 1970s and then moved to US, initially to record an album with Larry Norman. He ended up moving to northern California to join the staff of arts-friendly Warehouse Christian Ministries, and since that time  has released ten albums of music, published three small press books of poetry and two books of collected essays on art theory.  He directs CANA (Christian Artists Networking Association), which has helped organize arts conferences in SE Asia and Eastern Europe.

Manuel Luz is a creative arts pastor, musician, songwriter, speaker and author, and has served concurrently at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California, and South Delta Baptist Church in Vancouver, Canada, for the past 21 years.  His first published book, Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist (Moody Publishers) reveals his passion for the arts (and for artists of faith!), and he is currently working on a follow-up book, in addition to his fourth solo CD project.

Susan Miller has been a part of Sacramento’s theater and broadcasting community for over 20 years. Her broadcast experience ranges from on air and production radio work in country, pop and smooth jazz formats as well as voice-over and on-camera work for area television stations. She now divides her time doing commercial VO with her own production company, and house managing everal area theaters including Sacramento Theater Company and California Musical Theater’s Music Circus. The “productions” she is most proud of are her 4 great kids who have inherited her love of music and the theater.

Katie Albert is a talented photographer, graphic artist, and occasional helicopter pilot.  She will be sharing her experiences and photography from her recent missions trip to Manipur, India, in partnership with one of Oak Hills’ ministry partners, the Nehemiah Project, which assists local pregnant women affected by HIV and runs the Nehemiah Children’s Home.

Yvette Johnson is a third year dance major at UCSB. She has been dancing since the age of six and trained at Northern California Dance Conservatory during high school before moving to Santa Barbara to continue her studies. It was in Santa Barbara where she encountered the presence of God in the dance studios through various relationships with a very special group of dancers.  Her dedication to following Jesus and moving for the Lord provides the basis for her testimony at Intersections.

The Intersections Conference features a variety of expressions including painting, photography, dance, and music; breakout sessions in specific areas of the arts; a panel discussion by local experts; and a wonderfully catered gourmet lunch (we believe highly in the culinary arts!).  Registration begins at 8:30 AM with our Common Grounds Cafe serving complimentary coffee.  Cost for this event is $30 (includes lunch), payable at the door.  Please reserve your spot by emailing impact.admin@oakhills.org today!

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