Mennonite Arts Weekend

In Celebration of Mennonite Arts

The first Mennonite Arts Weekend (MAW) took place in 1992 as the result of a conversation that explored the need for a gathering that would bring Mennonite artists together in an effort to help them “reclaim their identity/relationship with the church.” The biennial gathering, organized and supported by members of , invites artists and art enthusiasts to join together for a weekend (every other February) of presentations, workshops, performances and worship. In doing so, MAW seeks to encourage creative expression in Mennonite communities, to provide exposure for artists working in different facets of the arts, to provide a setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas, and to bring together practicing Mennonite artists and others of all traditions interested in the arts.

Artist-presenters over the years have included artists of all kinds from across the United States and Canada-writers, poets, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, photographers, dancers, actors, comedians, musicians, composers and choirs. Some names off the list include: Jeff Gundy, Marilyn Houser-Hamm, Jean Janzen, Julia Kasdorf, Greg Luginbuhl, Ken Nafziger, Chuck Neufeld, Mary Oyer, Ted Swartz and Lee Eshleman, Lucia Unrau, Roy Yoder and Robert Regier.

The last Mennonite Arts Weekend was held in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 5-7, 2016.  Please check out the website for information on the event.  The next Weekend will be February 2-4, 2018.

For more information on how to register, weekend information, and the scheduled participants, please visit their website,

Transformation: A Mennonite Arts Weekend History

by Hal Hess | Recorded during the November 1 service at CMF dedicated to Mennonite Arts Weekend 2016 and its participants. Please note that the photographer mentioned in the speech is for the Supreme Court and not the White House. Slide show mentioned is currently unavailable.

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