Artist-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence Program

Westminster Presbyterian Church partners annually with a local artist in a residency program that aims to find new and creative ways to deepen the congregation’s experience of faith and connection to one another. Through this program, Westminster seeks to nurture and support the faithful artistic ministry of the Artist-in-Residence, providing a stipend and a platform for the artist to share their creations both with the Westminster community and beyond. Artists of all mediums and disciplines are encouraged to apply. We actively seek a diverse representation of peoples and arts to find new ways to encourage faith formation in our community.   

Each residency is uniquely shaped as a collaboration between the selected artist and Westminster’s Arts Staff, with a goal of interfacing with a vast intersection of Westminster’s community, including but not limited to: Sunday/Wednesday worship; Adult Education; Families, Youth, and Children (FYC); Social Justice ministries; and Congregational Care ministries. Although each residency runs from September through May, our hope is that the end of each engagement marks the beginning of a lasting relationship between the artist and the Westminster community.

2023-2024 Artist-in-Residence: Wendy Brown-Báez

This fall, we welcome Wendy Brown-Báez as our fifth annual Artist-in-Residence. Wendy is an accomplished creative writer and editor seeking to deepen her spiritual connection to her creative work. She brings a deep understanding of the human experience in her work and leads transformative workshops helping people write their stories or express their own spiritual memoirs.

My writing life and my spiritual path have always been interconnected. I am a published author of poetry, personal essays, short stories, a novel, and guidebooks on writing practice; I love books and am a voracious reader. I believe we each have a story to tell. I created Writing Circles for Healing to facilitate tapping into our intuition, imagination, and inner guidance. I know the power of sharing in a circle for healing and transformation. Self-reflection is a way to pay deep attention to one’s own experience and the world around us, in the context of self-compassion and creative expression. This is the way I healed after several devastating losses, and this is the gift I bring to you.

I am honored to serve as the Artist-in- Residence during this fruitful and transitional time for the planet, for the congregation, and for myself.  

– Wendy Brown-Báez

Contact

Worship and the Arts

Dr. Amanda Weber
Director of Worship and the Arts

Kenneth Vigne
Associate Director of Music

Westminster Gallery

Dr. Rodney Allen Schwartz
Director, The Westminster Gallery and Archive

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