International Arts Movement Conference

Some of us had the amazing opportunity to visit New York in February for the International Arts Movement Conference. The theme of the conference was "Redemptive Culture: Creating the World That Ought to Be." From scholars, musicians, actors, artists, and architects we recieved the challenge to make work rooted in love for the Creator and his creation, in order that things might start to look more "on earth as it is in heaven."

The early morning flight to New York offered some breathtaking scenes of the sun rising over the east coast.

At the Museum of Natural History

The Society of Illustrators, where I dream of displaying work someday.

A view of the remaining buildings of the World Trade Center from the hotel

After our first full day of Manhattan, we took some time to relax at the Campus Crusade Headquarters before heading back out

We spent part of an afternoon at a little used book store, where the girls played with the shop owner's daughter

Three of my friends from Winthrop who came to IAM conference: Lauren, Nikki, and Carlee

Vissi Dance Theater

This is Susie Ibarra, an avant garde percussionist, with Mako Fujimura - the founder of International Arts Movement. He responded to her rhythms with painting on stage. (www.makotofujimura.com)

Daniel Libeskind, the architect of the new World Trade Center at ground zero. He spoke of his desire to redirect the world's gaze from the pit of ground zero toward heaven, where our gaze belongs. Other speakers commented on the metaphor of Christ coming into our "ground zero" to redirect our attention to the Father. We all have a "ground zero" where we can help others find real hope.

One of the speakers was Jerry Pinkney, a Caldecott Medal winning children's book illustrator

We were able to have lunch with John Hendrix, one of our illustration heroes! (www.johnhendrix.com)