About the Center for the Arts & Spirituality
Normandale Lutheran Church believes that nurturing the arts is an avenue for the growth of one's spiritual journey. Understanding that all gifts are given from God in Jesus Christ, we facilitate and encourage artistic expression.
The Center for the Arts & Spirituality (CAS) strives to cultivate the arts and spirituality in a variety of ways. In addition to written expression, the visual and performing arts invite all to find God in ways beyond words. Sculpture, poetry, music, movement, dance, and more allow us to express our faith and grow on our spiritual journey.
Throughout the year, CAS will host Faith in the Arts, an intergenerational and interactive way to engage in various forms of art. The 2016-2017 Faith in the Arts season kicked off with Peace through the Visual Arts, and will also include a music event in January. A literary arts event is planned for fall 2017-2018. Each season will bring festival events, workshops, and opportunities for all ages.
Center for the Arts & Spirituality Workshops will be held throughout the year and are open to all. Many of the workshops and classes will be with artists featured in the Faith in the Arts series. Other workshops will be held in the summer months, such as the Brass Workshop and the upcoming Woodwind Workshop in the summer of 2017.
In addition, a cultivated concert series brings music to all. From the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra Family Concert to the National Lutheran Choir, the concert series brings exceptional music and makes it accessible to all.
For those interested in music lessons, CAS offers applied music lessons with select instructors teaching a variety of instruments for those of all ages wishing to study music.
Most events are free and all are open to the public.
If you have any questions, please contact David Clarke, Director of Music and Worship at Normandale Lutheran Church, at email@example.com / 952.929.1697 x366.
The Center for the Arts & Spirituality is led by: Dana Arnold, Kris Bigalk, David Clarke, J.D. Devine, Andrea Humphrey, Suzanne Klein, David Linne, and Dorothy Scott.
Winter 2017: Winter Festival | Light Eternal
The Winter Festival continued as we celebrated "Jesus Christ – The Light of the World | A Cycle of Hymns for Transfiguration Sunday". Our interim organist, Dr. John Ferguson (Ferg), created a wonderful hymn-sing celebration of Epiphany and Christmas hymns. Ferg was commissioned to write a setting of “The First Noel”; it had its USA premiere at this event.
The final event in our winter series was a family concert given by the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis with Cary John Franklin conducting. The concert, "A Symphonic Safari", offered family-friendly concert fare, including demonstrations and a hike through the orchestra. There were even some surprises!
Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) and winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, Cantus enjoys an active schedule of national tour dates, subscription concerts in its home of Minneapolis/St. Paul, educational outreach programs and recordings. Cantus is acknowledged around the world for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personality.
About Cary John Franklin
Educated in Minnesota at Macalester College in St. Paul and the University of Minnesota, Cary John Franklin has studied with Pulitzer-prize winning composer Dominick Argento and Dale Warland. Other mentors include Philip Brunelle and William McGlaughlin.
Cary John Franklin is a nationally recognized composer with commissions and performances from many of the leading performing ensembles in the United States. His work ranges from chamber music to orchestral music, from choral music to opera. Mr. Franklin has received commissions from the Dale Warland Singers, VocalEssence, Kansas City Symphony, Chanticleer, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Washington National Opera and the Schubert Club of St. Paul. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and Meet The Composer-in-Residence with VocalEssence.
Cary John Franklin is Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and among his guest conducting invitations are the Minnesota Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Washington National Opera and MacPhail Center for Music. Mr. Franklin has served four terms on the Board of the American Composers Forum and is a past Chair of ACF.
Fall 2016: Peace through the Visual Arts
The Center for Arts & Spirituality welcomed sculptor and poet, Mac Gimse, to Normandale this fall. All were invited to come see, touch, and experience Peace through the Visual Arts. Mac Gimse, St. Olaf College Emeritus Professor of Art and Art History, shared his vision of life and art as a spiritually-based artist who has traveled the world in search of inspiration. Over the years, Mac has created sculpture and poetry to honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureates encouraging peace and global harmony. Mac’s work was on display at Normandale in September and October, and Peace through the Visual Arts kicked off with an intergenerational festival on Sunday, September 18. People of all ages and walks of life came together to experience Mac’s work and share in the festival!
Throughout the fall season, all were invited to participate with Mac in creating a sculpture at the front of the Normandale sanctuary. Mac worked with groups of all ages on Sundays and Wednesdays in September and October as we expressed our common faith and desire for peace and global harmony through the visual arts.
About Mac Gimse
Mac Gimse shares his vision of life and art through the eyes and hands of a spiritually based artist who has traveled the world in search of inspiration. He joined the St. Olaf College faculty in 1970, after earning graduate degrees in art at the University of Iowa and teaching in Western Canada. At St. Olaf he taught sculpture, ceramics, built a bronze foundry and created art in his studio. His art history topics included World Architecture, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Africa and Islam. He taught for St. Olaf thirty-five times around the world, and continues to teach abroad for the college.
During his career he produced two theme sculpture exhibits, Sacrifice and Mercy. The St. Olaf Associates (Manitou Society) cast his bronze Christus Victor in an edition of 1,000.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum began at St. Olaf in 1989, and over the years Gimse was commissioned to create sculpture and poetry for Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. The first was Striving for Peace, given to Norman Borlaug (1977) and the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (1988). The second in 1994, Children of the World was presented to Rigoberta Menchu Tum (1992). The third in 2000, was given to David Trimble and John Hume, Co-Laureates (1998) from Ireland, called Bearing the Burden of Peace.
In 2004, Roots and Wings was presented to Jimmy Carter (2002). His sculpture and poetry in 2009 was titled, On Horizon’s Brim, made for Co-Laureates, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.P.C.), and Al Gore. It was cast in bronze and built in models 4 feet and 14 feet high. The poetry was set to music by Ralph Johnson, St. Olaf ’78, as a Centennial piece for the 2012 St. Olaf Choir tour conducted by Anton Armstrong. It was premiered at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in February 2012.
In 1985, he cast Squeezing Life into a Child and in 2011 composed poetry entitled Try to Praise the Mutilated World to honor Mother Teresa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1979. The bronze was commissioned by Shelby & James Andress for the Augsburg College Chapel in Minneapolis, MN.
In 1995, Gimse created his first version of Moses in a Mushroom Cloud for the 50th anniversary of the August 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 2015, he wrote the poetry Try to Praise the Mutilated World for the 70th anniversary of those events. Christopher Sherwood‐Gabrielson, St. Olaf ’11, composed music for the St. Olaf Band, inspired by the poetry.
In 2015, he cast a bronze titled On Paths to Freedom and composed poetry to honor the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Co‐Laureates Kailash Satyarthi (India), and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) at age 17 the youngest Laureate.
Gimse has exhibited sculpture in more than 120 colleges, universities, galleries, and religious institutions in the USA and around the world.