Reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, Maya’s presentation will take place on August 17, 2015 while the August 10th discussion will continue the exploration of “The Seven Valleys” by Bahá’u’lláh.

Dear friends,

Have you wondered what the difference between spiritual and material progress is, and whether the arts can play a role in elevating the human condition? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation,  meaningful discussion, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, reflecting on uplifting themes, sharing songs, prayers and inspiration with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for the days ahead.

We invite you and your loves ones on Monday, August 17, 2015 to an Interfaith Fireside Discussion in Arlington, VA on the theme “Reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit” .

Reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit. Photo courtesy of Maya Wong

Reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit. Photo courtesy of Maya Wong

Fireside Reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit

We will start at 6:30 pm with light refreshments and continue with a fireside discussion on the theme “Reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit” lead by a talented young lady, Maya Wong, visiting the DC area after her service project in Haiti.

Maya is a student in Philosophy and Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies at the University of Toronto. She has found a connection between her passion for the arts and a desire to be a part of the spiritual development of the world by volunteering for the past two summers as a photography and theatre instructor at the Lide Program for the empowerment of girls in Haiti. She is excited to share some of her reflections from her most recent trip and consult on spiritual versus material progress and the role the arts can play in elevating the human condition.

“Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation. ”
~ Bahá’u’lláh, “Epistle to the Son of the Wolf”, p. 26

Along with the discussion, we will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring songs and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me.

Please let me know if you plan on coming so I can plan the refreshments and send you the directions! Until then, enjoy an inspiring video explaining the vision of the Lidè Initiative for empowering Haitian women and girls through the arts.

Make a great day!

Mitko

“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.”
(From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh)

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