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The Bahá’í Faith and the Arts

We will consider how to prioritize the positive aspects of creativity to enhance our lives, our communities, the Bahá’í Faith, and the future.

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Duration
6 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Jun 10-Jul 21
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June 10, 2021

In The Bahá’í Faith and the Arts we will explore the purpose of the arts from a Bahá’í perspective. Among other topics, we will discuss how art and religion have harmonized and conflicted in the past; how the Bahá’í dispensation will be similar to and different from the past; the artist as a person with an important gift to share with the world; and how the Bahá’í writings encourage artists. We will also consider how to reframe imagination, creativity, and risk-taking within a Bahá’í context; how to prioritize the positive aspects of creativity to enhance our lives, our communities, the Bahá’í Faith, and the future; and how to develop a serviceable language about the arts that enables us to integrate the arts more fully into Feasts, Holy Days, core activities, commemorations, and so on and to include more people in art making and appreciation of the arts.

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Anne Perry, PhD
Professor, The Art Institute of Dallas

After two interdisciplinary MA degrees, I pursued my PhD in Aesthetic Studies, with a focus on both art and religion. I teach writing, humanities, and film and art appreciation at the Art Institute of Dallas and two community colleges, as well as serving as an instructor for the Wilmette Institute.... See Faculty Bio

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Margaret (Peggy) Caton, PhD, PsyD
Ethnomusicologist

My interest in music has led me to pursue different fields of study, through instrumental performance, ethnomusicology, music therapy, movement therapy, psychology, and shamanic practice. This began with focusing on music in and of itself, as a form of creative and aesthetic expression. Over time I became more aware of... See Faculty Bio

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