Purpose Statement: The Artist in Residence program at Unity Church seeks to cultivate generative relationships between the church and creatives across diverse art forms, to undertake a period of focused work that amplifies the congregation's vision of becoming a multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community. Through the exchange between the artists and church community, presenting and sharing both the creative work and process, the program seeks to activate our imagination, foster relationships among and beyond our church walls, inspire spiritual and emotional growth, and open the church community to larger dimensions in the work of making culture change.
Marcus Young Artist-in-Residence Events
Move Honestly (Fearlessly)
Wednesday April 14 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention…” You may recognize the line from Mary Oliver’s famous poem. Many think paying attention is just with our minds, but there is a reason praying has a bodily position. Let’s explore whole-body attention. Join artist-in-residence Marcus Young and friends Imagine Joy and Laura Levinson as they lead us in movement that is attending, praying, loving. With joyful embodied behavior “you will love again the stranger who was your self,” as writer Derek Walcott reminds us. This event continues a six-month presentation of the movement practice Don’t You Feel It Too? Everyone is welcome, especially those who may be movement-shy.
What is the Meaning of This? Behavior and Spirit
Wednesday, May 5 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Marcus Young approached his residency with Unity Church very differently from a typical artist engagement. The last six months, together, we have explored how “art is not separate.” The artist and the participant are not that different from each other. How we make and how we perceive are not two separate things. Art and life can be inspiringly intertwined. Join Marcus and members of Unity’s Artist in Residence Team in a reflection of the last six months of collaboration. What did we make with our dancing on Zoom and sharing of our favorite songs? What was transformed by altering how we attended Foote Music Sunday? What is the meaning of this behavior, and where do we go from here?
Unity's Artist-In-Residence Team Presents: Listen with LOVE Virtual Small Group Sessions
Do you have a favorite song these days? Would you like to hear someone else's favorite song? Join small groups to share and connect with others in an enjoyable 75-minute session. Together, we'll make a big playlist! Reserve a spot now through the end of March: bit.ly/listenwithlove.
Unity's artists-in-residence continue sharing many facets of Don’t You Feel It Too? (DYFIT), a public art project of healing and activism. The first instruction of DYFIT is to "listen with love" — the focus of these small group workshops. During the session you will connect with one other Unity Church member and one trained facilitator in an intimate and heartfelt setting to explore and share your love of music. We all have music that we love, and it can sometimes remain within our private self. As a group we will honor and hold that song with you. Most of the session will include conversation and listening to music. By the end of the session, you may have a mini movement party. (Don’t worry, it’s okay to move off-camera.)
This exercise will help us cultivate a deeper level of embodied solidarity that will extend beyond the three people in your session. From the 30 sessions, a playlist will be created and will be used as inspiration for the design of Foote Music Sunday. Some participants will be invited to share during an in person, outdoor experience (Covid-safe) on May 2 for Foote Music Sunday.
DYFIT facilitators: Marcus Young, Laura Levinson, Imagine Joy
Unity Church facilitators: Ray Hommeyer, Bob Peskin, Jeannine Robinett
Visit the registration page, choose a date, and sign up for a small group: bit.ly/listenwithlove. Please choose one song you love and be prepared for your session by having a link for listening to your chosen song (from YouTube or some other publicly accessible platform). Be ready to share why you chose that song. Share the love!
Artist in Residence Marcus Young asks
Unity Church Artists in Residence: Winter/Spring 2020
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Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra
Unity Church Artist in Residence: Fall 2019
Check out Rebekah’s work and Electric Machete on their websites: www.rebekahcrisanta.com and www.electricmachete.com.