Maggie Helwig is the priest-in-charge of the Church of St Stephen-in-the-Fields, in Kensington Market. Previously, she was the associate director of the Scream Literary Festival and co-coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, and is also a poet and novelist; her most recent book, Girls Fall Down (Coach House Press), was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award in 2008 and chosen by the Toronto Public Library as the One Book Toronto in 2011.
SYNOPSIS (Maggie Helwig + Andrea Budgey)
Art and Justice in Sacred Space: We may see churches and other faith institutions as spaces designed to create immersive environments aimed at the transformation of participants, and as such they present exciting opportunities for collaboration with artists and curators; insofar as the transformation imagined by faith communities aims at greater compassion and justice, this is also an inherently political act. We will talk about some of the history of collaboration between faith and art, and our own experience in curating the Faith, Arts and Activism festival at St Stephen-in-the-Fields and Trinity College Chapel.