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GROWTH: THROUGH EXCITING ART PROGRAMS CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, PVB SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HOW THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER THRIVED. he Performing Arts Center at Christ and compose a new Advent musical entitled TEpiscopal Church, PVB, began as an A King Is Coming. We’ve found this to be a extension of the music department. Christ lovely way to explain Advent to children. It’s Church’s performing arts programs have all about waiting.” expanded into Drama and Art. Casey came on board in August 2015. Casey Slone shares, “This began growing Dr. Rachel Root, who founded the Music when we found ourselves with an opportunity and Arts Ministry at Christ Church, of space. We offer private music lessons, approached Casey, who has a drama and private voice lessons for ages 3 to adults, seven theater administration background. She was days a week. We then expanded to add the already highly involved with Christ Church dramatic arts in our Contemporary worship through her husband, The Rev. Remington space. We now host an Annual Spring Slone. She continues to be enamored with Musical performed by people who are ages 8 the idea of expanding bible stories that can be to adults. Our next play will be Once Upon A dramatized. Mattress. As Christ Church moves forward with Our arts programs expand our community programming, Casey would like to see more within Christ Church. We’ve discovered that outreach programs. For instance, she’d people stay after the arts programs because like to add a culinary arts program where they realize how great the church is. participants could make one meal and make Through the dramatic arts, we are looking two others to freeze. at ways to cultivate empathy and community. Christ Church is also planning a drama How can we further the mission of the program in an Early Childhood Center church through dramatic arts program? in Jacksonville Beach called the Rhoda This year, we have the following exciting Martin Early Learning Center. The Mallory additions: Rachel Kamp-Huffman, was Foundation has been a large part of this commissioned by Christ Church to write program. > 6 DIOCESAN MAGAZINE | WINTER-SPRING 2017
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