The Arts for a Better Future workshop is a one week get-your-feet-wet arts exploration event where participants enjoy inspiration, encouragement, skill development, and networking with like-minded people.
Who comes to ABF? Administrators, missions leaders, field practitioners, artists, worship leaders, and minority community members have all learned from ABF. ABF is great to take as an individual, but even better with a team so you can explore and plan together. In fact, we divide into working groups for the last phase, so you will leave with plans for communities you care about.
Brian Schrag's book Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals (see site here) serves as the foundation for our interactive instruction time. We infuse the entire event with real life experiences to illustrate how to help communities draw on their artistic resources to respond to their spiritual, social, and physical needs.
Interested in earning college credits? Be sure to ask the organizers—many venues include options for undergraduate and/or graduate credit. Click here for a comparison chart of undergraduate and graduate credit options offered in Dallas every year.
Come broaden your palette of tools for cross-cultural arts engagement by learning how to be better catalysts and co-creators for local, indigenous creativity!
Sign up for emails that will let you know about future ABF events and the registration deadlines for them: tinyurl.com/abf-keepmeposted
To see what ABF is like, check out these videos:
"ABF is, hands down, the best class I've ever taken!"
"I learned the importance of
Research = Learning = Ministry = Love."
Dallas 2023 Schedule
Arrive on Sunday (June 4) before 4 PM - dinner @ 6PM + evening session
Monday - Friday: Training runs from 8:45 to 12:30 mornings and 2:00 to 5:00 in the afternoons
Depart on Friday evening June 9, or Saturday, June 10
Getting to ABF Dallas
International Linguistic Center
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236
Room & Board
Brian Schrag, Ph.D.
Int’l Coordinator, SIL Ethnomusicology and Arts;
GEN Vice President of Training and Education
Author of the manual Researching and Creating Together: How Local Artists Can Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals.
Robin Harris, Ph.D.
President, Global Ethnodoxology Network (GEN)
Director, Center for Excellence in World Arts at Dallas International University (formerly GIAL)
SIL Ethnomusicology & Arts Group
Logistics Coordinator for ABF
Laura Roberts, MA
Adjunct Professor, Dallas International University
Arts for a Better Future Global Coordinator, Global Ethnodoxology Network
Questions? Contact us!
In 2017, the first Instructor Training course for Arts for a Better Future (ABF) was held at Dallas International University (formerly GIAL) in Dallas, Texas. Instructor Training will be held each year in Dallas following the week of ABF.
The process for becoming an ABF instructor is rigorous. It begins by taking ABF twice, then attending the Instructor Training workshop, followed by a period of practice and co-teaching with other certified instructors. If you wish to host an ABF in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for two co-facilitators for your event.
The names below indicate people who have completed this process and are able to serve as instructors:
Brian Schrag, Robin Harris, Tom Ferguson, Wendy A., Laura Roberts, Chris Gassler, Jhonny Anderson Nieto, Héber Negrão, and Elsen Portugal.