OQ Farm is a place for unique gatherings in the arts, building community through these important creative encounters.



Doing Good Well

OQ Farm is pleased to host CIVA’s (Christians in the Visual Arts) leadership development gathering for young Christian women in the arts, back for its second visit this August 11-14.

This retreat is co-sponsored by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), which is investing in emerging female leaders for the sake of positive social and cultural change.

Doing Good Well is a unique experience for young women who feel called to work, study, or serve in the visual arts. The gathering challenges and equips participants to flourish as leaders in their creative talent and Christian faith. Over the four days, women will enjoy rich hospitality, engaging dialogue, and spiritual encouragement with others also seeking to live more fully into their callings.  

In its fifth year, Doing Good Well has already built a supportive and collaborative network that is filling a previous void in the movement of arts and faith for women in particular. Doing Good Well alumnae are winning artist residencies, mounting solo exhibitions, getting into prestigious graduate schools, and serving on boards of and heading arts organizations. We’re thrilled to partner with them in building this bright future.

 Date: August 11-14, 2016

Participants: Selected through a curated application process 
Cost: Travel expenses only. Room, board, and registration fees are covered by the sponsors.
Sponsors: The Sister Fund, CIVA, and individual donors

Who Should Attend?
The ideal participant for Doing Good Well will be a Christian woman, aged 20-40, who is passionate about the arts, with this inclination reflected in her vocation, studies or calling whether she be a fine artist, designer, art historian, art critic, arts administrator, student, educator, or theologian. She is creative and exhibits gifts in innovation, compassion, and leadership. She has a desire to see her Christian faith and creativity come together to influence positive social or cultural change.

Application Process
Applications for Doing Good Well 2016 have closed. Please inquire through CIVA for more information on future gatherings.

Leadership Team
Doing Good Well is being lead by Kim Garza, Director; Kari Dunham, Co-Director; Kim Miller; Alison Cook Krivickas; and Laura Cootsona. 

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Orchestrated by Grammy Award-winning music producer Charlie Peacock, the OQ Farm Songwriters Festival is an annual multi-day, collaborative music-writing workshop gathering dozens of songwriters from around the world to create music in the farm’s inspiring setting. The festival culminates with a public concert set in the natural amphitheater of the farm’s hills. 

Participating musical artists have included: Kris Allen (American Idol Season 8 Winner),  Matt Slocum (Sixpence None the Richer), Jason Castro (American Idol, season 7 finalist), and The Stellas.

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The OQ Farm Songwriters Festival is about setting the stage for good to happen, creating significant memory and story at OQ Farm, and encouraging songwriters and their musical art.