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Sacred Arts and Music Training Institute Opens March 23
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Religion Editor
Published March 14, 2018

   Rev. Stephanie Butler Adams (Courtesy Photo)

Liturgical performers, singers, poets and dramatists will convene at the Dancer in Me Sacred Arts and Music Training Institute opening Friday, March 23, and continuing through Sunday, March 25.   The theme is “Cover the Earth” based on Habakkuk 2:14.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Long Beach Unity Festival, the gathering offers technical instruction in several disciplines such as dance, flags/pageantry, theater/mime and music/worship. Sessions will also focus on media, leadership and prophetic ministry.

The agenda kicks-off on Friday at 11 a.m., at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., in Long Beach and includes a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday’s activities began at 8 a.m., at CSU-Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., in Long Beach. The institute closes out on Sunday at 11 a.m., with the Long Beach Unity Music and Arts Festival.

Adams with participants at the 2017 Long Beach Unity Festival.    (Courtesy Photo)

“The purpose of the event is to provide much-needed, professional training for ages 6 and up while bringing together sacred artists from around the world to engage in worship, outreach, and education,” explained the Rev. Stephanie Butler Adams, who organizes the annual event with her husband, Steve.


Citing four areas attendees will learn about at the conference, Adams said, “Administration, retention, and management of your ministry; financing and monetizing your skills without compromising your calling;

how to effectively collaborate bringing the sacred and secular together for Kingdom purpose; and increased technical skills in choreography, vocal technique, songwriting/poetry, dramatization and production.”

Among the instructors will be Caleb Brundidge, Word in Motion Dance Company, Dr. Amanda Standard, Katisha Adams, Kesha Ealy, Jason Poullard, Out-the-Box Mime Productions and Dr. Naima Lett. Other participants are Pastor Rosalyn Brookins of Walker Temple AME Church, Pastor Najuma Smith-Pollard of Word of Encouragement Church, the Rev. Dr. Thema Bryant Davis and Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine.

To register or learn more about the event, visit

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