Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The arts will be featured in a variety of ways at PA 2015, the Mennonite World Conference Assembly to be held here 21-26 July. Go to www.mwc-cmm.org/mwc-arts for further information, including a link to a downloadable overview brochure.
A juried exhibit of contemporary artwork by artists of all ages and traditions will be held in a central gallery. The juror will be Theodore Prescott, a sculptor and writer who taught previously at Messiah College and was instrumental in founding CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts).
April 30 is the deadline for submissions to the juried art exhibit.
A second gallery of artwork will feature special collections related to the history of Anabaptists. The collections include: artist curator Ray Dirks depicting the courage and faith of Mennonite women following the Russian Revolution; etchings from copper plates used in the production of the original Martyr’s Mirror; Molly Kraybill’s photos of 100 women from age 1 to 100; Howard Zehr’s photos of lives of victims following criminal trauma; artists from Community Mennonite Church in Lancaster depicting Lenten interpretations of the stations of the cross.
In a display in the top level of the Global Village Area churches will share their banners, tapestries, art panels and other worship art pieces.
Further, during the gathering, art made by children in their own programs will be displayed in the Children’s Arena.
In addition to these exhibits, there will be a number of workshops related to the arts.