Asbury Event Engages Faith and Culture

Asbury University’s Engaging Culture Week showcases the many ways students are already engaging culture for Christ.
Filmmakers Clay Hassler '08 and Tiffany Walz '08 Hassler led a workshop during Engaging Culture Week 2016.

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s Engaging Culture Week returns April 17-22, challenging campus to think deeply about faith and culture and showcasing the many ways students are already engaging culture for Christ. View full schedule and event details.

Including concerts, special speakers, film screenings, workshops, art shows, receptions and the Highbridge Film Festival, Engaging Culture Week is an opportunity for campus to celebrate students' gifts and to be inspired by visiting artists and speakers. 

“Each year, I’ve always been stunned by the people who have taken the time to come to campus and speak to us,” said Caitlin Malone ’17, a Media Communication major. “It’s encouraging to see fellow Christians working and thriving in the media, and it has reminded me of the importance of being an example of faith in today’s world.”

Senior Art Exhibits — already on display — will be available for viewing throughout the week. “In Man’s Image” (Nicole Baker ’17) can be viewed in the Kinlaw Lobby. “Pretty Girls In Pretty Clothes” (Olivia Ericksen ’17) and “The Water Understands” (Rebecca Hershey  ’17) can both be viewed in the Asbury Art Gallery (second floor of the Z.T. Johnson Cafeteria).

New this year, the Asbury Collegian — the University’s student newspaper — will launch “A Year in Review,” a special year-end publication that includes highlights of the 2016-17 academic year. “A Year in Review” will roll out on April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center, and issues will be free and available to all students. 

Asbury University’s Engaging Culture Week showcases the many ways students are already engaging culture for Christ.
An annual favorite, “The Sounds of Stage and Screen” features music from film, television and theater.

Dr. Jim Shores, along with a group of seniors in Asbury’s School of Communication Arts, will present “Lead from Your Strengths: A Communication Leadership Workshop,” in the Miller Center Screening Room on April 20 at 4 p.m. 

Also on April 20, more than 200 students in six ensembles will present “Sounds of Stage and Screen,” an annual concert favorite featuring music from film and television. The concert is free and open to the public, with repertoire including “The Muppets,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Harry Potter,” “Tangled” and much more.

“Each year, the Sounds of Stage and Screen Concert is one our most popular events with both audience members and student performers,” said Dr. Glen Flanigan ’82, director of bands at Asbury. “They all enjoy the music from their favorite films, Broadway shows and television programs.”

On April 21, John Stonestreet — renowned author and Breakpoint radio host from the Colson Center for Christian Worldview — will be the special speaker for the Engaging Culture Week Chapel at 10 a.m. in Hughes Auditorium. Like all of Asbury’s Chapel services, Stonestreet’s message can be enjoyed via live stream.

Writing, film and acting workshops will also be presented throughout the week. Presenters include Asbury alumni Tate Webb ’91 (editor and colorist at Tate IO); Brady Nasfell ’93 (film/TV producer); actor Nancy Stafford (known for her role as Michelle on “Matlock”); Jennifer Dornbush (screenwriter, author and forensic specialist); Ryan Dornbush (senior vice president of Alcon Entertainment); Albert Mason (senior producer at Post Time Studios); and John Menick (casting agent and talent at Screen Artists Co-op). See full schedule for time and location details

Asbury’s Theatre & Cinema Performance program will present “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams on Friday evening at 7 p.m. in The Greathouse Theatre. Allie Acuff directs the classic American masterpiece, starring Carol Anderson, Chandler Vance ‘17, Morgan Newton ’16 and Bryce Hockema ’18. 

Asbury University’s Engaging Culture Week showcases the many ways students are already engaging culture for Christ.
Actor Doug Jones struck a pose as his best-known character — the Silver Surfer — during last year's Engaging Culture Week Chapel.

Engaging Culture Week will conclude on Saturday with the 13th Annual Highbridge Film Festival in Hughes at 7 p.m. Asbury alumni, friends and the community are welcome to attend this highly anticipated event, entirely produced and promoted through the combined efforts of the Communication Arts Department’s Special Events class and student volunteers. Click here for ticket purchase information.

Mary Holland Fulghum ’17, leading the student team in charge of the Highbridge Festival’s Red Carpet Reception, says Engaging Culture Week is an outstanding way to celebrate students’ gifts while thinking about what it means to engage culture as Christians.

“The music ensembles kick off the weekend and it ends with Highbridge,” Fulghum said. “This eventhelps us to understand what it means to make culture. It’s an incredible opportunity to showcase the talent and resources on our campus, and it’s one of the many unique events that Asbury puts on that makes this place different and special.”


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