NEW YORK CITY, New York — The second annual Mormon Arts Center Festival in New York City attracted Latter-day Saint artists from throughout the world.
Some of the highlights of this year’s festival included a concert at one of the city’s iconic concert halls and the works of an artist from a southern African nation. Participants experienced art and faith of an international flavor.
The festival, titled “Explorations,” had a new location this summer at the beautiful Italian Academy on the campus of Columbia University.
More than 600 attended the three-day event to participate in seminars and lectures about all forms of art.
“We’re really excited about the international representation at this year’s festival,“ said co-founder, Glen Nelson.
Kevin Giddins was a member of one of the panels, leading a discussion about the art of music.
“The Mormon Arts Center Festival is an opportunity to come together so we can share and uplift and inspire and educate and inform each other,” said Giddins. “Ministering has been an ideology for many, many years as a way to serve, as a way to give to others and we can minister through the arts.”
The words to the Latter-day Saint hymn “Count Your Blessings”are familiar to many, but at one presentation, “Urban Youth and Hymns for the Soul,” the performers, most from Broadway, gave it a distinctly upbeat tone.
Lita Giddins, an expressive arts therapist, was not sure what to expect at the festival.
“I am very surprised at how much I have loved this experience, how much I have felt comfortable in this experience and that I belong in this experience,” she said. “I didn’t anticipate those feeling and feeling that connected. I believe the purpose of this arts festival is to make it a more inclusive community. That’s the kingdom of God.”
This year the festival offered its first ‘artist residency’.
Hildebrando de Melo from Angola created a solo exhibition titled “In Control, an Energy that Comes and Goes.” This was his first one-person exhibition in the United States.
“We found one artist who has been largely unknown to Church members,” said Richard Bushman, co-founder of the festival. “He had the unique capacity to create art in a flash. Within one week, he could paint enough to fill our little gallery downstairs. So instead of shipping the art, we shipped the artist!”
Scott Holden, head of BYU’s piano program performed at Carnegie Hall, playing the works of Mormon composers.
“They’re first-rate composers who happen to be LDS but yet were inspired by the same spiritual foundations,” said Holden. “To create is a divine thing and to be able to play music and move people and inspire them is a powerful experience, one that I don’t take lightly.”
Many attendees came from the New York area, others from around the country and some attended from Argentina, Canada, China, Kuwait and Spain.
From jamming to the Dominican Jazz Project for the adults, to the world premiere of “They All Saw A Cat” based on the Caldecott Honor book by composer Andrew Maxfield for the children, music brought them together.
They gathered to not just explore ‘the new,’ but to join together and celebrate the art that makes Latter-day Saints unique.
“We can share a common faith,” said Scott Holden, “And have so many different styles and backgrounds and means of expression and voices.”
“I think,” Richard Bushman said, “it reaffirms who we are and helps us to understand ourselves better.”
There are plans for a festival next summer and the organizers hope that this will encourage more Latter-day Saint artists to become connected to one another and share their works.
Video courtesy of Slade Combs
KSL 5 TV Live
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New York City’s First-Ever Mormon Arts Center Festival
The first-ever Mormon Arts Center Festival in New York City united artists, scholars, and musicians to show Mormon Art. This gathering helped to elevate the concept of Mormon Art. It also attracted a lot of attention both from the Mormon community and others.
KSL Arts and Religion Specialist Carole Mikita shares the humble beginning of this movement and how the festival came to be. Visit the studios and art spaces of both new and known Mormon Artists and hear the music created by some very talented Mormon Composers.
General Conference Documentaries
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KSL 5 TV Live
NEW YORK — Artists, scholars, and musicians come together for the first-ever Mormon Arts Center festival in New York City.
The gathering is dedicated to elevating, expanding and defining what Mormon Art looks like.
KSL Arts and Religion Specialist Carole Mikita shares the humble beginning of this movement and how the festival came to be.
Visit the studios and art spaces of both new and known Mormon Artists and hear the music created by some very talented Mormon composers.
KSL 5 TV Live
SALT LAKE CITY — This weekend, KSL-TV will suspend its regular daytime programming and, along with airing LDS general conference, will air several inspiring, locally-produced documentaries addressing a wide range of topics.
All of the specials will be available on KSL-TV, KSL.com and on demand on the KSL TV app. Be sure to tune in to watch each of these specials.
Here is a schedule for these programs:
Saturday, March 31
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: History of the Saints
Holy Ground, Sites Sacred to the Restoration: Palmyra
Each year, thousands of Latter-day Saints journey to the sacred sites of the Restoration to experience more fully what happened and where. It was at these sites where the LDS faithful believe God restored necessary truths and ordinances. Many come away understanding that these places have a sacred spirit about them that strengthens spiritual knowledge and faith. This special presentation is the first in a series that will take viewers all over the world to stand virtually on holy ground. This first episode journeys to Palmyra and Manchester, the very cradle of the Latter-day Saint Restoration. The stories, the events and the scenery that make this ground holy will be presented in vivid detail.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: General Conference
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Aid Amidst the Storm
Florida, Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, California — the list of areas affected by disaster in the last few months is overwhelming. Each place was impacted in different ways, but one thing they all had in common were the Mormons there among those who were offering aid. Whether in a sea of yellow Helping Hands vests or just neighbor to neighbor, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were a force for good as they joined many others who were volunteering and providing support. See the heartwarming connections these volunteers made as they answered the call to serve amidst the storm.
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: In God We Trust
Kyle Fox is defined by his patriotism, service and love of God. He’s an everyday citizen who, during a time when divisions are strong and many have lost hope, felt compelled to create a project that unites people around a common symbol of freedom. He set to work creating the largest free-flying American flag in The United States and then flew it across a 1,100-foot canyon near his home. His desire was to inspire greater patriotism in others and to strengthen the love of country within his community. His “Follow the Flag” project has become more than he could have imagined, has impacted thousands and has helped military families heal. Fox believes we all have a responsibility to be courageous, to speak out and to have hope. We’ll share the faces, places and inspiring stories surrounding this project.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: An Artistic Vision
Artists, scholars, musicians and interested observers will come together for the first-ever Mormon Arts Center festival in New York City in June. This gathering is dedicated to elevating the concept of why Mormon art matters. KSL arts and religion specialist Carole Mikita shares the humble beginning of this movement and how the festival came to be. Visit the studios and art spaces of both new and known Mormon artists, and hear the music created by some very talented Mormon composers.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: General Conference
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: LDS News and World Report
Sunday, April 1
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: 50 Years of Miracles
Once a year the quiet community of Manti, Utah, is transformed into a hub of activity as thousands of people from around the world flock there to experience the Mormon Miracle Pageant. What began as a one-time performance at the foot of the Manti Temple has transpired into a half century of tradition. Join KSL news specialist Sam Penrod as he explores “50 Years of Miracles,” the story of the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Music and the Spoken Word
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: General Conference
12:00-1:00 pm President Russell M. Nelson: Brilliant Mind, Gentle Heart
For decades, he served as an apostle and now, Russell M. Nelson has become the 17th prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He came to church leadership from a career as a world-renowned heart surgeon. In an exclusive interview with him, we discover the many gifts and talents of a man with a brilliant mind and gentle heart.
His colleagues, friends and family members also offer insights and share stories of his faith as he traveled the world, and of his devotion as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Those who know him best say President Nelson’s intense belief in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ makes him a leader for this time.
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Voices of Strength
Whether it’s in business, education, community service or sports, you’ll find people who inspire others. In “Voices of Strength,” we profile these five women who have used their experiences and voices to help others. We share their stories and personal insights about faith, hard work and grief.
- Gail Miller: For a long-time, Gail Miller was known only as the wife of businessman Larry H. Miller. Today, she is known for her philanthropic work and service in the community. Her life may seem charmed, but Gail Miller has experienced challenges in nearly every aspect of her life: financial struggles, family trials and personal loss. Through it all, she had the courage to move forward and remain grounded in her faith. Gail Miller has recently released a book called “Courage to be You.” In it, she provides inspiring lessons from her unexpected journey.
- Sahar Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She joined the LDS Church when she came to BYU to study math, and then returned to Palestine. She was a Relief Society president in Israel, who many times couldn’t get through the security checkpoints in Jerusalem to get to church. Her story is one of forgiveness and the healing power of the Savior. She has written a book called “Peace for a Palestinian,” where she shares her story of faith amid war in the Holy Land.
- Carol Decker: While she was pregnant, Carol suffered an infection which nearly took her life. The infection caused her to go blind, and she had to have both her legs and parts of her arms amputated. Since then, Decker has become an advocate for adaptive living, and is a motivational speaker. She epitomizes strength, perseverance, optimism and faith.
- Lisa Valentine Clark: You’ve probably seen her in any number of commercials or independent features. Clark is an actress, comedian, writer and producer. But she says her greatest roles are mother and wife. Clark and her husband are the parents of five children. During the last few years, as her career has taken off, struggles at home have become more challenging. Life and death have taken on new meaning for Clark who helps her husband progress through the life-altering stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease. She says, “When we don’t know where to begin, we begin with hope.”
- Justice Christine M. Durham: Durham knows what it feels like to blaze trails for others. For years, she was told that her dream to practice law was implausible because she was a woman. When Durham graduated from Duke Law School, fewer than 2 percent of the people practicing law were female, but this didn’t discourage her. Durham worked hard and eventually served as Utah’s first female district court judge and Utah Supreme Court justice. She is the only woman in the state to have been elected Chief Justice by her fellow justices. Durham credits her colleagues, family and faith for her success. At one point in her career, Durham was the highest ranking LDS Church member serving in the United States judiciary system.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Miracles from Elsie
Three-year-old Elsie Mahe’s life was cut short after a tragic accident in the family home, but her legacy lives on. The Mahe family says while they didn’t receive their miracle for Elsie, there were many miracles from Elsie. Elsie’s organs were donated to save many lives, but the miracles go far beyond this. See how the sparkle and spirit of a little girl have helped to spread faith, love and kindness across the globe.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: General Conference
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: The Rising Generation
Most performers are lucky to achieve fame after years spent in the trenches. But what do you say about a singing five-year-old who’s already been seen by millions on YouTube and network television? In “The Rising Generation,” you’ll meet a variety of young people who’ve already hit it big. From little Claire Crosby singing with her dad, Dave, to Lexi Walker, who’s recording and performing all around the globe, and Madilyn Paige, who made a splash on NBC’s “The Voice.” Then there are the family acts, like Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four, who haul their instruments around the world to play. And sibling actors Mia, Anson and Ari Bagley thrill audiences onstage and on their hit family YouTube channel “Working With Lemons.”
You’ll find out how these local young LDS performers hold on to their values in a tough industry, stay driven yet well-rounded and how they’ve managed to see their hopes and dreams realized long before they thought possible.
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Family History 2.0
Think genealogy is digging through musty libraries and church basements? Think again. Family history research has come a long way in the past few years. Today you’re just as likely to uncover hidden mysteries on your smartphone or in your DNA results. Popular television programs like “Relative Race” have helped intensify interest in family history research. Program host Michelle King explores how modern technology is making your family research fun, engaging and memorable.
KSL 5 TV Live
In addition to KSL-TV’s broadcast coverage, General Conference sessions will air live on the KSL-TV app at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. MDT on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. The app will also have all sessions available for later viewing on-demand.
The KSL-TV app is available for Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS, Android and fourth-generation Apple TV boxes — this means viewers aren’t limited to watching on mobile devices or scheduled timing: General Conference sessions can be watched on the big screen, whenever it’s most convenient.
To find the KSL-TV video app, search “KSL TV” in app stores.
General Conference Documentaries
In addition to providing sessions live and on-demand, all of KSL-TV’s General Conference documentaries will be available on the KSL-TV app. Simply select “Documentaries” in the ON DEMAND section (tap the remote control icon) – or search “General Conference.”
Documentaries this session include:
- History of the Saints: Respected scholars come together to answer questions and address concerns about Joseph Smith the Prophet.
- Choosing Happy: Key strategies to find happiness, with specific techniques to get through severe setbacks and sorrow.
- An Artistic Vision: The first-ever Mormon Arts Center festival in New York City, where artists, scholars, and musicians come together to elevate the concept of why Mormon Art matters.
- Civility: Changing the Conversations: Civility has taken a serious hit, but despite the trend toward negativity, there are positive voices working hard to make communication more civil.
The KSL-TV video app, found by searching “KSL TV”, offers live KSL-TV video streams along with an extensive library of on-demand news, entertainment, and sports content.
KSL 5 TV Live
KSL has new and exciting ways to watch General Conference this year. In addition to KSL-TV 5’s broadcast coverage, General Conference will also be streamed live in the KSL-TV mobile and Connected TV apps (iOS, Android, Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV). No cable subscription required. And don’t worry if you miss anything or want to watch again later. All sessions and KSL Conference documentaries will also be available in the app on-demand.
A lot of work and production goes into our Conference documentaries and coverage. Thank you to all of our sponsors: The Piano Guys, EDGEhomes, Deseret First Credit Union, Siegfried & Jensen and Living Scriptures.
General Conference Documentary Schedule
Here is KSL-TV’s programming documentary schedule for General Conference October 2017:
Saturday, September 30, 2017
- History of the Saints: 9:30-10:00 am
Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration and as such occupies a unique and singular place in Latter-day Saint history. Because of who he is and what he represents he frequently comes under attack by critics. This History of the Saints special brings together respected scholars to answer questions and address concerns about Joseph Smith the Prophet.
- 50 Years of Miracles: 12:00-12:30 pm
Once a year the quiet community of Manti Utah is transformed into a hub of activity as thousands of people from around the world flock there to experience the Mormon Miracle Pageant. What began as a one-time performance, at the foot of the Manti Temple, has transpired into a half a century of tradition. Join KSL News Specialist Sam Penrod as he explores “50 Years of Miracles” the story of the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti.
- LDS News and World Report: 12:30-1:30 pm
This one-hour semi-annual report explores some of the major news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Choosing Happy: 1:30-2:00 pm
Who doesn’t want to be happy? It’s one of the basic rights Americans were guaranteed when this country was founded — “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But how much of your happiness is due to your circumstances? What portion is genetically determined? Who are the happiest people in the world? And, if you’re not happy—why not? Host, Michelle King talks to three experts who lay out some key strategies for finding happiness. You’ll meet several strong everyday people who’ve used those techniques to get through severe setbacks and sorrow. From dealing with the typical adversities life throws at you, to combating unexpected tragedies, addiction, and depression, you’ll be better prepared, once you’re armed with new tools and actually make the choice to be happy.
- To The Rescue: 4:00-5:00 pm
Members of the LDS Church have been counseled to reach out and help refugees. KSL News Specialist Deanie Wimmer shows how this call to service has inspired many people to step outside their comfort zones to help those most in need. A young woman, drawn to help in whatever way she could set up a successful nonprofit organization that now provides thousands of pounds of needed items to those fleeing their dangerous homelands. Some members have traveled to refugee camps to show compassionate care, while others serve closer to home helping in their own communities. It’s a movement that is gaining momentum — it’s a desire to help those who cannot help themselves.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
- Connecting Roots: Freedmen’s Records: 9:00-9:30 am
The Freedmen’s Bureau Project has changed the very fabric of genealogy for African Americans. “Connecting Roots” explains the history behind this project and the personal stories about why this is so meaningful for so many families.
- Family History 2.0: A New Generation of Genealogy: 12:00-12:30 pm
Think genealogy is digging through musty libraries and church basements? Think again. Family History research has come a long way in the past few years. Today, you’re just as likely to uncover hidden mysteries on your smartphone, or in your DNA results. Popular television programs like Relative Race have helped intensify interest in family history research. Program host, Michelle King explores how modern technology is making your family research fun, engaging and memorable.
- An Artistic Vision: 12:30-1:00 pm
Artists, scholars, musicians and interested observers come together for the first-ever Mormon Arts Center festival in New York City. This gathering is dedicated to elevating the concept of why Mormon Art matters. KSL Arts and Religion Specialist Carole Mikita shares the humble beginning of this movement and how the festival came to be. Visit the studios and art spaces of both new and known Mormon Artists and hear the music created by some very talented Mormon Composers.
- Members in Many Lands: 1:00-1:30 pm
Travel to far off places with News Specialist Ashley Kewish to see what life is like for Mormons around the world in India, Mali, Mexico, Jamaica, Austria, Brazil, and Ghana. Many of these members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are recent converts who have adopted a new lifestyle as they embrace the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Civility: Changing the Conversations: 1:30-2:00 pm
Civility has taken a hit lately. The art of disagreeing gracefully has been replaced with vitriol comments and caustic feelings. It seems no matter the topic, discussions in online comment boards, on social media sites, and in public gatherings have become increasingly more hostile. These disagreements affect our families, our schools, and our workplaces. Despite this trend towards negativity, there are voices working to change the communication—to make it more civil. We highlight these positive voices.