Faith in Arts Institute. An Exploration of the Intersections of Art, Faith, and Spirit

Sat, Oct 16
Faith In Art Institute

Faith in Arts Institute 2021

This fall, the Faith in Arts Institute will bring together artists, creatives, and scholars to celebrate and explore the intersections of faith and arts. The multi-day festival, happening October 13-16, 2021 in the heart of Asheville, NC, will feature a combination of free public performances, lectures, and film screenings, plus intimate registration-only institute workshops and contemplative practices. Events will take place on campus at the University of North Carolina Asheville and downtown at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. A full lineup of participants and performers is below.

Can our experience of the arts – as creators, listeners, viewers, readers – and the ways we talk about those experiences, offer us a way to also talk across what might otherwise divide us? The Faith in Arts Institute proposes this question while providing a platform to celebrate artists and creatives who draw on spiritual or religious practices as an influence in their work and exploring ways that arts have played a role in spirituality and religion. Through workshops, lectures, performances, and exhibitions, the Faith in Arts Institute engages attendees in contemplative and reflective practices while providing a welcoming space intended to evoke open and honest dialogue. Together, performers and presenters will join institute participants in thoughtful discussions, powerful performances, and evocative film screenings.

A limited number of Faith in Arts Institute passes are now on sale for $60 at and Passholders will be admitted to all events including intimate workshops, contemplative practices, and small group conversations which will be limited to Institute participants only. A variety of other performances, screenings, and talks will be free and open to the public as indicated.

For more information including a full schedule, visit

Faith in Arts Institute 2021 Participants and Performers

Kimberly Bartosik – Choreographer

Julie Levin Caro – Art historian, Warren Wilson College

Curt Cloninger – New Media Artist and Author (Hot-Wiring Your Creative Process), UNC Asheville

Marie T. Cochran – Installation Artist and Culture Pollinator

David Hinton – Poet and Translator

Rachel Elizabeth Harding – Historian, Poet, and Essayist

Jessica Jacobs – Poet (Take Me with You, Whenever You’re Going)

Kay Larson – Art Critic and Author (Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists)

Thomas Moore – Pianist

Alicia Jo Rabins – Poet, Musician and Filmmaker, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

Christopher-Rasheem McMillan – Performance artist

Aaron Rosen – Writer and scholar