Monday, February 27, 2012

Christian Artists Gather in New York

Church and Art Network will hold its second NYC-area regional gathering Saturday afternoon, March 10 att 3 pm for a time of fellowship and encouragement, as well as to hear from fundraising consultant Sarah Chung on "Talking So Donors Will Listen."
"Most arts leaders are responsible, on some level, for raising funding, communicating with donors, or cultivating support for our programs," said Church and Art Network Directpr Luann Jennings. "Yet finding investors who'd be interested in our work, or framing our mission and programs so that they get interested, can be quite challenging. As Christians, we can also feel caught in the tension between cultivating the virtue of humility and needing to speak boldly about the value of what we're doing for God's kingdom," she said.
Chung will talking about: Understanding Sources of Funding; Understanding Fundraising Channels; Communicating with Sources of Funding; Understanding Their Values and Speaking Their Language; and Building a Case for Your Venture. Even if you don't work within a non-profit organization, or aren't responsible for fundraising, the type of thinking involved in developing supporters applies to many areas of arts leadership.
Dinner will follow, then the group will attend author and arts theologian Jeremy Begbie's lecture at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (7 to 9 pm: "A World Made New: The Art of Resurrection and the Resurrection of Art."

Both sessions are free of charge (dinner will be at your own cost at an inexpensive restaurant). To attend the C&A session and/or dinner, email To attend the talk at Redeemer, visit here. RSVPs by March 6.

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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