This Week at St. Stephen’s–September 23, 2012

ARTS ‘R’ US

For over ten years the arts have been integral to the life of St. Stephen’s. This was been a natural development, but also a strategic one. In a day when churches are becoming more insular, when the world is moving away from its religious roots, we wanted a reason for our neighbours to get to know us. The arts provide that reason.

We started with a few concerts of our own, including evenings of music and storytelling by our rector, concerts by the Donald Ray Johnson Blues Band, and a visit from South African choir Memeza Africa. We also accepted bookings for concerts by local musicians, among them CPO cellist Phil Hansen, and country icon Tom Jackson. We extended our reach with the annual CBC Christmas Carol reading, and then with our own Radio Nights, dramatic readings by some of Calgary’s finest actors, an event that showcases local playwrights.

The Midtown Mosaic Art Show and Sale, with our book & bake sale and deli, completes the picture. Over twenty local artists will be displaying their art in the church this Friday evening and Saturday. The Show opens with a special Premiere on the Thursday evening featuring the Soul Food Band and a presentation by Jennifer Mason, an artist and inspirational speaker from Toronto.

Meanwhile our churchwardens are working on an arrangement that would see over a dozen artists set up studios in our upper Memorial Hall. And there is more. St. Stephen’s and the arts—a match made in heaven.

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