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Art & Spirit

The Art & Spirit program at First Church Boston UU brings professional artists into the life of the congregation to perform and exhibit their work, to lead workshops, and to share their perspectives on the intersection of art and spirit and justice.

While it takes place at a Unitarian Universalist Church, Art & Spirit is an “art” program, not a religious program. It focuses on the role art plays - in both making it and in experiencing it - in bringing people together and opening our hearts to a richer and more just world.

All Art & Spirit programs are open to the general public, and most are free of charge. We would love to have the greater community of Boston join us to connect with these wonderful artists.

Upcoming Events:

March 3 – 30
An Exhibit of the work of Kurdish artist Selahattin Şep
Gallery hours Wednesday – Saturday 3-7pm

In residence from March 16-24
Master Storyteller Diane Edgecomb

  • Saturday March 16, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
    "Tell Me A Story" Workshop

    [For All Ages]
    Learn how to tell a folktale in your words in this interactive workshop! Diane leads workshop participants in group exercises that will develop everyone’s expressive abilities. Explore your voice’s potential and learn how to create a character using Diane’s method of Voice and Body signatures. Skills learned from this workshop can be applied to storytelling and public speaking. There will also be an overview of storytelling games that can be played with groups and a chance to play them.
    Experience the power of story!
    Open to the Public Free of Charge

  • Sunday March 17, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
    Fairy Legends of Ireland

    There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland’s best-loved gems including Irish favorites like Gilly Blackfoot where a young lad’s aversion to washing his feet causes him to fall in with a fairy band. Cloaks of invisibility and magic spells abound as hapless Gilly sets out to help free the Princess of France. Known for her vivid comedic style, Diane brings delight to her interpretations of these classic Irish favorites. This performance is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp.
    What the critics say:
    Storyteller Wows Millicent Crowd: “Unfolded with zest and humor, the story captivated the audience which scarcely moved in the course of its telling. Proof, if any such were needed, that storytelling is as vital as ever, and is in good company in the presence of Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain.” ~ The Advocate, Fairhaven, MA
    Open to the Public Free of Charge

  • Friday March 22 + Thursday March 23 at 7:30 pm
    Sunday March 24 at 2 pm
    A Thousand Doorways
    A play by Diane Edgecomb

    "An uplifting story of how the human spirit triumphs in the face of all odds." - Broadway Baby
    Moved by the silencing of the Kurdish language by Turkish laws, renowned American storyteller Diane Edgecomb embarks on a journey of intrigue and heart to record the last Kurdish storytellers. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of her travels through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and their stories with her.
    'There is one world —a thousand doorways' –Kurdish saying

In Residence April 28-May 5
Mask-Maker Eric Bornstein
Mask Exhibit: April 21 – June 2