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The Arts at Yellowstone

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

January-February 2019 Inscribed

Yellowstone Theological Institute’s commitment to the engagement of faith with adventure and the arts is all encompassing.

YTI’s unique approach of combining faith with adventure and the arts proves to be an important step forward in theological education. We have put this commitment to the test in the Gallatin Valley, providing a youth soccer experience for the last seven years. This year, YTI adds a Youth Theatre Project and a Youth Dance Project, as well as an “Artist-in-Residence.” In coming years, it will add a Youth Music Project, and potentially a Youth Fine Arts Project.

The goal of these engagements is several-fold: provide quality instruction, coaching, and opportunities at an affordable price; to provide students with a context where they can better their skills and talents under a caring tutor-coach; and to provide a positive environment in which each student can safely ask the difficult questions of life and grow as a person.

Adding Community Resources

As the Institute grows and takes up residence at our facilities on South 19th, we will add soccer fields, a tennis center, walking trails, fine arts studios, and performing arts venues to continue our promotion of faith, adventure, and the arts with the entire community.

During the summer of 2019 we are proud to continue our soccer program in partnership with Blitzz Soccer Club and several outstanding college and high school coaches from Texas and Arkansas. We have begun our Yellowstone Theatre Project with two outstanding actor-teachers who are veterans of the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks productions, Kristin Hammargren and Miles Duffey. This summer the inaugural Yellowstone Dance Project will take place, featuring veteran BalletMet (Columbus, Ohio) dancers, David Ward and Emily Gotschall, with special assistance from veteran Gallatin Valley dancers, Dayna Van Dyke and Hannah Smith. Our artist in residence is Mr. Kurt Caddy, an accomplished painter, sculptor, photographer, and illustrator from Bolivar, Missouri. His works have been in juried shows throughout the Midwest.

Opportunities for All to Create and Perform

Our goal it is to provide an affordable, quality alternative for those students who could not afford to participate in other programs.

These programs enhance what the community already witnesses with the jazz artistry of Dr. David Wilmington, the classical music playing and teaching of Sherry Linnerooth and Melissa Smith, and my own arrangements and compositions for the MSU band program.

The arts are crucial to how we live the human life, and YTI is making sure that everyone has an opportunity to create or perform!

Dr. Jay Smith is president and Bridger professor of theology and ethics at Yellowstone Theological Institute. He has taught at Howard Payne University, Baylor University, and the United States Naval Academy. A published author, he and Stanley Grenz co-created The Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (IVP, 2003) and Created for Community Revised Edition (Baker Academic, 2015). A conversation with Jay reveals his passions for literature and adventure. He loves to hike, compose music, and write about Jesus. Jay roots for the Baylor Bears and Howard Payne Yellowjackets.

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