In line with the Artist Circle’s vision to network, interact, and collaborate with other Christian artists, the STORY conference draws folks from all over the nation for a two-day conference right here in Chicago!
The STORY Conference was created by Ben Arment, who envisioned getting a larger community of Christian artists and ministry workers refreshed, inspired, and connected. In fact, it may even be the only conference of its kind. The conference brings together folks from all over the nation as attendees, volunteers, presenters and sponsors. Each year STORY invites a variety of speakers and musicians across all disciplines – some of whom you’ve heard of and some of whom you WILL. Session topics range from a particular technical expertise to biographical journeys to general Q&A, but not matter the session topic each seems to speak to all other disciplines. As the STORY folks themselves say, “We strive for associational learning across disciplines, believing there’s much a filmmaker can learn from, say, an entrepreneur, and so on. You’ll find no fill-in-the-blanks or formulas to copy. Our metric for success is what you are inspired to go out and create.”
The theme for STORY 2012 is Everywhere, which speaks to the power of redemptive ideas in the most unlikely, unexpected places of the world. In addition to the main-stage program, STORY offers themed environments where you can learn from creative practitioners and interact with others in your field.
The conference does have a cost to attend, but you can also attend as a volunteer! The STORY folks are hoping to confirm their pool of volunteers by the end of June, so if you’re not sure you can afford a ticket, why not volunteer? In fact, the entire conference is mostly run by volunteers (there’s only a handful of staff who actually plan the event during the year)!
One of our Artist Circle members, Stephanie Bettig, volunteered last year, and remarks:
“I decided to volunteer last year and was very pleasantly surprised by the entire experience. While volunteering, I met a lot of new friends from other Chicago churches (that I didn’t even know existed, let alone had invested groups of artists) who are also pursuing their own artistic passions. I was able to attend almost all sessions and had lunch provided both days. I was inspired to worship with a thousand other creatives from all over the nation. I was encouraged in how to use my craft by hearing what many of the speakers had to say about being used of the Lord. I was spurred on toward artistic excellence and to be ‘relevant’ to my non-Christian artist friends.”
The 2012 STORY Conference will be held all day on Sept. 20 and 21st at Park Community Church. Seating is limited to only 1,000 people and their prices go up next month!
To volunteer, contact Rachel Moran at rachel (dot) moran82 (at) gmail (dot) com
To register, click HERE.
Use the links below to connect with STORY: