Creativity Illuminated

Kansas State University's celebration of cultural awareness, Creativity Illuminated returns April 3-6 with special musical performances, discussions, film screenings and more presented by artists-in-residence. Sponsored by the university's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, K-State Libraries, McCain Auditorium and the School of Leadership Studies, Creativity Illuminated offers four days of activities designed to foster creativity, promote academic discourse and encourage cultural awareness on campus and in the community by exploring arts, culture, history and more.

The artists-in-residence include Yuval Ron, Israeli-born composer and musician; David Lebrun, international filmmaker; Amy Halpern, lighting designer and filmmaker; William Close, inventor of the Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument; and Norik Manoukian, an Armenian woodwind master.

Past Events

Creativity Illuminated Series 
Guest Presenter:  Yuval Ron

"Yuval Ron will present on his international work for peace. Ron uses shared musical heritages to help Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities build mutual respect and empathy. He has led musical peace missions to the Middle East and regularly brings musicians from the three traditions together in concert."

Film Screening: “Dance of the Maize God”

This documentary feature film enters the world of the vases to explore the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of Maya art. Q-and-A with David Lebrun (Director) and Yuval Ron (Film score composer) to follow.

Concert: “Earth Harp Meets Oud”

The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument in the world. Its body will rest on stage while its golden strings ascend above the audience attaching to the balcony rail turning theatre into instrument.

Concert: “Maya Variations for Earth Harp”

This unique performance will feature the strings of the Earth Harp soaring over the audience in the spectacular grandeur of Hale Library’s Great Room for a one-of-a-kind sensory experience.

Film Screening: Islamic Art: Mirror to the Invisible World

This film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble performance

Led by Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron, the Yuval Ron Ensemble united music and dance from the Middle East in a harmonic celebration of cultural awareness.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble workshops

In three 90-minute workshops, the Yuval Ron Ensemble highlighted different forms of music, including Christian Music of the Holy Land, Hebrew Music of Biblical Times, and Mulsim Music and Movement. 

Illuminated Manuscripts

The Reverend Eric Hollas, St. John's University, discussed the tradition of the illuminated manuscript and presented the Saint John's Bible, the first manuscript to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years. 

Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphers Tony Chelz, Carole Chelz, and Peg Hornsby led participants in a demonstration of Western calligraphy techniques.

Aditional resources
Flickr photos
The Saints John's Bible