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Game designer Amy Green will speak at OC

Amy Green [Photo provided]
Amy Green [Photo provided]

In some communities, faith and art seem opposed, but integrating the two is central to the education experience at Oklahoma Christian University.

To bolster the links between art, religion and culture, OC will launch a new lecture series called ARC Talks at 5:45 p.m. Friday at the university, 2501 E Memorial Road. The first ARC Talks lecturer is Amy Green, video game developer at Numinous Games and creator of the game “That Dragon, Cancer.” In a field where some artists feel pressure to keep their religion private, Green is transparent. She shares her faith, her story and her grief. In fact, her TED Talk given in New York City on the subject has over 1.5 million views. Green created her first video game based on a bedtime story she told her children to help them understand their brother Joel’s battle with cancer.The ARC Talks series is designed to bring in creatives and artists who both excel professionally and live examples of faith. OC’s Department of Art and Design will host ARC Talks, and new Gaming and Animation Instructor Ellie Kirkner will coordinate speakers.With ARC Talks, Kirkner wants to demonstrate how art can transform lives by crossing boundaries and reaching out to those on the fringes. “Art can be used to evangelize in a really beautiful way,” Kirkner said. “As creatives, we must challenge ourselves to allow art to be more than just a personal statement of self-expression. We have the opportunity to let art change and challenge us. Creating art with purpose and intent can be an act of love.”Tina Winn, OC's dean of the college of liberal arts, said she's eager to bring speakers like Green to OC because it gives students real role models who have successfully navigated how to integrate their faith into their workplace.“I think there is a great benefit to seeing professionals like Amy Green who are highly successful, who have acclaim in their field and who are transparent about their faith, people who integrate their faith and their passion into their work,” Winn said. “The Oklahoma Christian Art and Design program is pleased to provide this opportunity to our students and to the community."OC’s ARC Talks will be structured similar to TED Talks. The overall theme was inspired by the artist Makoto Fujimura. He wrote about engaging in culture care rather than culture wars. Green will speak at OC's Judd Theater. Admission is free to the public. A reception will be at 5:30 p.m. in the OC Art Gallery, preceding her presentation.

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