My 2016 Studio Space: The Farmhouse, Cville

Julie composing at The Farmhouse, Cville
I have been privileged to join a community of artists, entrepreneurs, & community leaders this year at The Farmhouse, Cville, where preparations for my fall concert have been joyously in full swing! At the close of 2015 and the start of this year, I knew God was calling me into a ‘NOW’ season of a vision he had planted in me years ago: planning a community concert bringing in various expressions of the arts as a means towards healing, hope, reconciliation, and restoration in our city and community. My banner scripture for moving forward this year was written on the walls of The Farmhouse on my first visit there from Jeremiah 29:7 which says, “Seek the welfare of the city to which I have carried you into exile for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” This desire to ‘tend to the growth of the city’ is a foundational theme of The Farmhouse and is at the heart of everything they do. I am glad to be a part of this community of community-minded artists!

I have spent my time there (this year-and-a-half) writing and arranging music for this concert (October 1st), the songs meant to serve as catalysts to facilitate collaboration across the disciplines and genres of the arts as well as facilitating new relationships and new ways of working together. My hope in collaborating for this event is that we as artists would discover a new freedom in working together for something bigger than ourselves, that fear would be shattered and that we would leave feeling even more encouraged and emboldened to carry out the calling on our lives as artists. This ideal of encouraging artists in their callings is at the core of the vision of this studio. Thank you, Farmhouse, for providing the space for this vision to grow and flourish!

I’m privileged to be working with several Farmhouse artists as well as artists from our community and region for this event. Lauren Stonestreet (curator of the FH) is choreographing for several pieces as well as debuting one of her own. Interested in checking out the Farmhouse for your studio space? Find more info here: http://thefarmhousecville.com
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