CREATE: Artistic Development Conference DFW

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The first ever CREATE:Artist Development Conference was an amazing start to a dream God started to give me over the past 3 years. I can’t describe in my own words what happened, so I decided to let you read a few descriptions from a few people who came to the conference…

“Hi Jamarc,

It was such a pleasure meeting you and your beautiful family. I thought the conference was fantastic. Chris and I have actually been taking an art business course together and the business portion of your conference was spot on (and then some) of everything we had been learning. The spiritual connection was the element that was missing in the course Chris and I are taking and your conference bridged that imperative gap. God is the essence of creativity and I think for artists especially, It’s crucial we feel and have a thorough understanding of the connection between business and the purpose God has for us. We would be living in a much better world if every profession made that connection! I’m excited to see you are going to do another conference. You are meeting a need that is vitally important to the success and fulfillment of our creative community. Thank you again! Go forth and conquer my friend!!!”

Charice – Texas

“How do I begin….

Every artist needs validation. There’s so much out there telling us to get a “real job,” that we have to settle for a paycheck instead of going after a dream. Why does following after your passions, seeking to multiply the design your maker gave you, have to be called a “dream” anyway? Shouldn’t it be everyone’s reality? In a perfect world I guess….
The conference was this validation but also equipping, a catalyst for passion… hope. No matter who you are there’s creativity inside, waiting to come out. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to quit because it’s “so hard,” because my family life is also demanding or because it’s so emotionally taxing.
My huge take aways were “How to find your go,” “Even creative people have to learn the business side” and “What keeps me going is the fruit.” Sometimes its so hard to just step out. Especially spiritual people. We tend to wait for a sign and often don’t realize that waiting for a sign has turned into a road block and we never get started. That’s what my song Flashing Lights is about. There’s a side of me that hopes someone will come along and take over the business side and networking part and run with my vision. The problem with that is not many can see my vision the way that I do. I have to step up and be willing to do that roll too. As shared by one of your guests, not every restaurant manager has to also be a janitor but he better know how to clean the bathrooms if there’s no one else to do it right? Then there’s the fruit…. I can’t think of much that more fulfilling than reaching someone through song and hearing that it meant something to someone. After sharing my song “To Know And Be Known” someone even came and talked to me about the lyrics and what it spoke to them. That’s the fruit.
I missed the most important logistical part at the end, “social networking,” but even still I had such a full 24 hour period I didn’t know how I could mentally and emotionally take in anymore. The conference was well rounded, spirit filled, moving, informative and fun. I think every creative person should attend at least once!  I was very moved by all of the creative people you showcased that are “going.”
I also love how you had a lot of breaks (mindful of your audience) and made time for actually meeting new faces.
It was my honor and my pleasure to be a part.”

Wendy Nichól Hall – Oklahoma

“JaMarc,

Thank you so much for the invite to your conference.

The conference was jam packed with so much great information! It reinforced what I am learning in an artist marketing class, but went even further to add the most important aspect:  the Spiritual element, and creating for His purpose.  It was so encouraging, and it was a confirmation to keep moving forward in my art career!”

Chris Brandley – Texas www.BrandleyGallery.com

“Ja’Marc, here are my thoughts (in no certain order) on the conference:

I loved the combination of community worship, musical artists, speakers, interviews, and panel discussions.

The flow and timing was good within and between the sessions.
There were plenty of breaks with available food (both at CPAC and within walking/short driving distance).
Everyone on the platform was interesting, not just knowledgeable.  They shared their gifts and expertise in ways that engaged and held the attention of the audience.  These were people who could very well have been speaking or performing at much larger and well-known events.  They brought a wealth of wisdom, insight, and experience from many different backgrounds and creative fields.
The breaks allowed the artists and other participants to mingle and network with each other.
Even though this first conference was small, it was intimately and powerfully covered by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  I felt that everyone who was there received a word from the Lord … that we were all called to be there for a purpose.I believe that God stirred up and confirmed callings inside of each of us that are going to reach all over the world.
There is a hunger in the artists of the Church for more of God’s anointing and to be used more powerfully to impact the world for Him … but four things are essential, or a fall is inevitable.  I saw a passion for God, love for people, humility, and servant hearts mirrored over and over again on the platform and in the conference participants.
Praying for the CREATE team!  Love you guys!”
Donna – Texas

“Jamarc invited my wife, Rachael, and I to attend the CREATE: Artist Development Conference to share the story of how God has inspired and guided us as we worked to establish our art studio, Brush Up!.  Knowing Jamarc, we gladly accepted, however we didn’t know exactly what to expect as we were new to business itself, not to mention business development conferences.  Unfortunately Rachael was unable to attend the day we were to speak because of a conflict with the studio, but I made the trek to the other side of the Metroplex to present during the COLLABORATE panel session with a couple who owned a dance studio in Tulsa and another couple who happened to also be my pastors at our church, City Life in Frisco, TX.

We each represented various stages of the entrepreneurial process and we were asked to describe our journey to that point and emphasize how collaboration was crucial to getting us where we were.  Jamarc served as moderator and would as questions which helped the audience gain deeper insight in to our experiences.  The audience was large, welcoming, and very interested in what we had to say and fortunately part of the program was Q&A so they were able to ask us to provide perspective on issues relevant to their current journey.  After the panel was over there was a break of about 10-15 minutes where we were able to mingle with the audience and talk with them one on one. This was the most powerful moment for me as I, along with another panelist, was able to talk with a woman who was just starting her artistic/business journey and deeply appreciated the insight I had to offer.  I felt we were able to build her confidence and give her inspiration to continue to pursue her goal, and really I think that is the purpose of the whole conference; a goal which it met and exceeded as far as I can tell. It was an honor and a privilege to come to this event and I think that all who were present, be they presenters, hosts, or attendees were empowered and inspired to continue build God’s Church with the artistic tools God has given them.”

Sean Butler – Texas

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“The CREATE Conference recently held in Dallas, TX was not just an experience, but it was the beginning of God’s vision and His masterpiece being prepared for the future of greatness soon to come.

To “create,” by the world’s standards, is “to bring something into existence” or “to make or produce something by using talent and imagination” (Merriam-Webster Online).  Although the world’s standards, at first glance, seem to be of high caliber, it is unimaginably possible for these standards to be elevated to a whole different capacity.  These standards saw new limits when God breathed life into existence and when He created man in His likeness.  “As naturally as a bird sings and a fish swims, He created.  Just as an artist can’t not paint and a runner can’t not run, He couldn’t not create.  He was the Creator.  Through and through, he was the Creator. A tireless dreamer and designer.  From the pallet of the Ageless Artist came inimitable splendors.  Before there was a person to see it, His creation was pregnant with wonder.  Flowers didn’t just grow; they blossomed.  Chicks weren’t just born; they hatched.  Salmons didn’t just swim; they leaped.  Mundaneness found no home in His universe……The mighty wed with the creative, and creation was born.  He was mighty.  He was creative.” (Max Lucado) God is the great creator, and because He formed us to be in His likeness, we too were created to create.  “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.  And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.” (Exodus 31: 1-6)  We are called to be creators and to use our incredibly sculpted, God-given spiritual gifts to move heavenly mountains through our earthly talents and abilities crafted in Him.  We are Artisans, called by God, and our creations are our ministries.  “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on the hands of the eldership.  Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (1 Timothy 2: 4). God calls us to be creators through the gifts He has provided and to use these creations to minister to those who do not see the relevance in their own artistic natures created by the very hand who put each star in its perfect place in the sky.  When we quit creating, we quit ministering.  God has placed in each of us the ability to minister and create His beauty through His strength, but He also placed within each of us a choice. “All were silent as the Creator reached into Himself and removed something yet unseen.  A seed.  ‘It’s called ‘choice.’ The seed of choice.’  Creation stood in silence and gazed upon the lifeless form.” (Max Lucado)  It is a choice each of us must make.  It is a dream placed in each of our hearts ready to be realized.  When God created the heavens and the earth, the moon and the stars, man and woman, he created vessels of perfect artistry to paint His love and salvation into the hearts of the lost through creative ministry.  “The Creator had created, not a creature, but another creator.  And the One who had chosen to love had created one who could love in return.  Now it’s our choice.”  (Max Lucado) 

As creators, we sometimes feel as if we are on the outside because we think “outside the box.”  We doubt ourselves and our creative nature.  God certainly wasn’t inside any box when He went on His “creation spree” and designed the universe and all that is in it.  He never doubted His own greatness for a second.  God is THE Creator and created us to be creators ourselves; there’s no need to fear, no need to question, no need to doubt. We are in great company; we belong to the gallery of the Most High, so go minister and be brilliant.”
Amanda L. Garcia – Kansas

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