Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Application
The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute that brings together artists, religious leaders, religious communities, humanities experts, and a broad range of publics from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives for sustained study, analysis, and discussion of religious texts in a classroom environment. Directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, these textual discussions, which explore the varieties of religious experience and understanding, provide the inspiration for creating new artistic works (e.g. music, poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, dance). Artists share their creations through exhibitions and presentations to members of the Central Indiana community, including religious organizations, congregations, schools, libraries, and community groups.

2018-19 Theme

Genesis 19 tells the story of Lot’s Wife who turns to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and becomes a pillar of salt. Did she act in disobedience or out of compassion? What is our responsibility to bear witness? Is looking back redemptive or paralyzing? Might we see contemporary events (mass tragedies, refugees) in the light of this text? These are just a few of the questions we will explore as we examine Genesis 19 through religion, art, poetry, and music.


The faculty list for the 2018-19 seminar is still growing. So far, the faculty include

Julie Muney Moore, Director of Public Art for the Arts Council of Indianapolis
Sandy Sasso, Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
Steven Stolen Host of WFYI's Stolen Moments and CEO of The Humane Society of Indianapolis
Shari Wagner, Author and Indiana Poet Laureate (2016-2017)


Sessions will be held for 2.5 hours weekly for a total of six weeks and will meet evenings from 6:00–8:30 p.m. on the campuses of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and the Christian Theological Seminary (CTS). The Fall 2018 seminars will be announced the summer of 2018

How to Apply

Applicants may be anyone in the community who is active (as a professional or amateur) in the artistic disciplines. Selected applicants must be able to make a commitment to attend all six seminar sessions and engage in open and respectful dialogue. Seminar participants will produce creative work to be performed and/or exhibited in a public forum. Seminar participants will receive a $150 stipend at the conclusion of the group exhibition.

Applications for Seminar 7 will be accepted from April 16 - May 31, 2018.

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