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Spelman Praise Fest Celebration Set for Nov. 9

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Audrey Arthur
(404) 270-5892

ATLANTA (Nov. 7, 2012) -- Gospel music tinged with jazz and neo-soul, and dance fused with praise are among the performances scheduled at Praise Fest “No Tears Beyond the Gate,” Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Hosted by the  Spelman College Sisters Chapel Arts Ministries, a leadership development program emphasizing unique expressions of faith, culture and art,  Praise Fest will bring together students from the Atlanta University Center to minister through spoken word, dance (mime, liturgical and African) and music during an evening of dynamic praise and worship.
A diverse roster of artists and ministries are scheduled to appear at Praise Fest:

•    Sisters Chapel Arts Ministries (Manifest Praise Team, Ashietu African Dance Ministry, Movements of Praise Liturgical Dance Ministry, Sista Speak Up Spoken Word Ministry, and Anointed Vessels Mime Ministry)
•    Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Choir
•    Interdenominational Theological Center Chorus
•    REACT  (Christian rap)
•    Clark Atlanta University Mime (Heavenly Family Mime Ministry)
•    Clark Atlanta University Liturgical Dance (Heavenly Divine Liturgical Dancers)
•    Clark Atlanta University Praise Team  
•    Keeyen Martin (neo soul-infused gospel artist)
•    Denzel Fields (gospel artist)
•    Anthony Dixon (jazz-infused gospel artist)
•    Joshua Norwood (contemporary Christian artist)
•    Ashley Herring (gospel artist)

Praise Fest is free and open to the public.  

For more information, call (404) 270-5729.

Presented by Sisters Chapel

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 7 p.m.

Sisters Chapel, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta 30314

GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310

According to the Rev. Lisa Rhodes, D.Min., dean of Sisters Chapel and director of the WISDOM Center, “Young adults, particularly college students find meaning, solace and liberation in the various ways they seek to express their faith.  Expressions of their faith through the arts, at events such as Praise Fest, are reflections of Black religious life and culture. The texture of Black religious life is expressed through movement, music and spoken word.”  

Sisters Chapel supports the Spelman College mission as a global leader in the education of women of African descent by creating a religious and spiritual community that nurtures thinking women of faith to become ethical leaders. Sisters Chapel worship services provide opportunities for students to share creative and artistic expressions of Black religious life and culture, to grow in their ability to be liturgical and ethical leaders and to think critically about their moral responsibility to be agents of social change.

Interview opportunities are available with the Rev. Lisa Rhodes, D.Min., dean of Sisters Chapel and director of the WISDOM Center, upon request.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #PraiseFest.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author and playwright Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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