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The Arts and Community Building

Learn more about the role of creativity and the arts and how to utilize them in connecting hearts and building greater bonds in community.

Independent Sections
8 weeks
Weekly Study
Feb 11-Apr 7
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February 16, 2021

The Arts and Community Building is based on Jenina Lepard’s book, The Fashioner: Reflections on the Role of Music and the Arts in Building a Global Community. We will take a theoretical look at the role of the arts in society and in the Bahá’í Faith specifically as well as a practical look at how we can utilize various arts in core activities, feasts and holy days, and other aspects of Bahá’í life. During the final two weeks of the course, participants will complete a project based on their own ideas for incorporating the arts in at least one Bahá’í core activity.

Required Text

The course features reading from The Fashioner by Jenina Lepard which must be purchased. Follow this link to the Bahá'í Bookstore for a paper copy or an e-book.

Or, use this link: The Fashioner on Amazon Kindle

Meet Your Faculty
Jenina Lepard, LICSW
Author, Clinical Social Worker

While my personal passions include the arts and race unity, I am prepared to serve the Bahá’í Faith in whatever capacity might be required. Published works include “Diamonds in the Rough” (2009) and “The Fashioner: Reflections on the Role of Music and the Arts in Building a Global Community” (2018).... See Faculty Bio

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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