Artist Participants Sought for 2022-23 Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program

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Artist Participants Sought for 2022-23 Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program



Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute that brings together artists, religious leaders, religious communities, humanities experts, and a broad range of publics from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives for sustained study, analysis, and discussion of religious texts in a classroom environment.

Directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, these textual discussions, which explore the varieties of religious experience and understanding, provide the inspiration for creating new artistic works (e.g. music, poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, dance). Artists share their creations through exhibitions and presentations to members of the Central Indiana community, including religious organizations, congregations, schools, libraries, and community groups.

Discussion sessions will be held for 2 1/2 hours each session for a total of eight sessions, and will meet evenings from 6:00–8:30 p.m. on 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/17, 12/1, 1/5. Sessions will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Road in Indianapolis.

Artists who participate in the program to completion earn a $500 stipend. Approximately 12 artists are selected for participation each year. Artists who participated in previous years are eligible to participate again.

Applications will be accepted from May 1 to June 15, 2022. Applicants may be anyone in the community who is active (as a professional or amateur) in the artistic disciplines. Selected applicants must be able to make a commitment to attend all seminar sessions and engage in open and respectful dialogue.

2022-23 Theme: “I Will Not Let You Go Until You Bless Me”
This year’s theme invites artists to be interpreters of Jacob’s dreams. From the ladder that reaches to the heavens to the lonely night of wrestling, these iconic narratives challenge us to ask hard questions: what are our struggles, personal and communal, and which do we avoid? What would it mean to find a way to blessing? Reflecting on our climate crisis, what does it mean when Jacob says, “God is in this place, and I did not know it”? What do we fail to take notice of at our own peril?

2022-23 Faculty

  • Daniel Cueto, Composer, Performer, Associate Instructor, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Dr. Andrew Findley, Associate Faculty in the IU School of Liberal Arts and Adjunct Instructor in the Herron School of Art and
  • Design at IUPUI
  • Dr. Jason M. Kelly, Professor of History in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
  • Franklin Oliver, Educator, poet, podcaster, history teacher at University High School
  • Dr. Sandy Sasso, Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
  • Shari Wagner, Author and Indiana Poet Laureate (2016-2017)

How to Apply:

Complete the online application form. You will be asked to provide your contact information, link to your website (if applicable) and several samples of your work. There are also two questions to answer regarding your goals for participating in the program, and a demographic survey.

QUESTIONS? Contact Rabbi Sandy Sasso,