CREATIVE EVENTSOQ Farm is a place for unique gatherings in the arts, building community through these important creative encounters. SUMMER 2017: Sandra McCrackenHymn + Earth In a unique collaboration with the International environmental organization A Rocha, and under the artistic leadership and mentorship of well-loved musician Sandra McCracken, this event will combine celebrating God’s glory made manifest through the beauty of his creation with a hymn-writing experience. The event will serve as a stage for transformative creative experience as well as spiritual rejuvenation for the musicians attending. Selected through a curated application process, participants will divide their time between both the individual and collective process of writing songs inspired from the natural world and wonder (woods, fields, and wildlife to waters and sky) with touching on honoring the land at OQ. PAST EVENTS: In 2016, OQ Farm hosted CIVA’s (Christians in the Visual Arts) leadership development gathering for young Christian women in the arts August 11-14, 2016. Doing Good Well is a unique experience for young women who feel called to work, study, or serve in the visual arts. Investing in emerging female leaders for the sake of positive social and cultural change, the gathering challenges and equips participants to flourish as leaders in their creative talent and Christian faith. Over the four days, women 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.Participants were selected through a curated application process and applicants pay a portion of the cost to attend. Please inquire through CIVA for more information on future gatherings.Doing Good Well 2016 was led by Kim Garza, Director; Kari Dunham, Co-Director; Kim Miller; Alison Cook Krivickas; and Laura Cootsona. This event was generously sponsored by the Sister Fund, CIVA, and individual donors. OQ SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL: Hosted in 2015 and 2016 and orchestrated by Grammy Award-winning music producer Charlie Peacock, the OQ Farm Songwriters Festival is an 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. PAST EVENTS:INAUGURAL OQ SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL: 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.