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Pursuing New Joy

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I am Angela Houk & throughout my life I have tried to persue my heart's desires even in the face of challenges & difficult circumstances.  This has been true in every area of my life, my faith, my home, my kitchen, my work  & my relationships.  It is my hope that, since you are reading this, YOU have seen & tasted the fruit of my labors of love.  

Over the past 25 years I have had an undeniable passion for the arts. As we have lived & worked in communities across the world, I have seen its power to effect change in people, to awaken hearts, to open eyes, to expand vision & to bring transformation. Through this journey, I have been honored to work with a diversity of people & a vast array of projects.  With each opportunity, I have been further convinced of my own calling to invite others to experience this power for themselves.

Since moving to Northern California, I have done this in a variety of ways: teaching classes, leading workshops, doing live demonstrations, creating installations & intiating collaborative projects.  

For examples of these projects visit: New Joy Arts 


All of these projects have been done on a volunteer basis free of charge for area churches, ministries & programs.  Amazingly, as I have shared them, the interest in my work has grown!

With that encouragement, I am taking a bold step & asking for your suport as I launch into a new season with my studio New Joy Arts over the next few months. My goal is to grow the work I have been doing & be able to support my studio through the programs I offer.

Would you invest in my passion & vision?

In order to move forward I need:

Start Up Funds - I need a small pool of funds to set up & then promote this new venture.  My plan is to consult with business & legal professionals on my first steps. I have already begun a business plan & taken steps to establishing a small working studio at home. There are already a few churches interested in working with me & I have a few projects lined up over the next few months! 

Tuition for School - In January our kids moved from full-time homeschooling to attending a tiny private school part-time.  It provides me 4 hrs a day to work, gives the kids a rich learning environment & still allows me to be involved in their education. It's a huge change for all of us but we are on week #3 & we all LOVE it!


TIME  - This is the most vital resource! As a mother of FOUR homeschooled children & a wife in ministry it has been difficult for me to make time for my own passions & projects.  By supporting me finacially the next few months you are giving me TIME to plan, connect & create.  Without your support, I could not do this!

The projects already in process:  
- A mural about transformation with the women in residence at Powerhouse Ministires  in Folsom, CA 

- A gallery show of my work at Oak Hills Church  to run through the season of Lent

- Worship Arts nights at various churches where I am doing both live demonstrations & hosting workshops

Curriculum for an adult arts & faith workshop series to be offered this spring/summer

-Pioneering an unpaid staff position as Artist-in-Residence at Oak Hills Church

You can follow the progress of all these projects through my facebook posts at New Joy Arts .

This life is a journey of great faith. I am convinced there is nothing better than to give all that I have to the adventure. Will you join me & help see my passions come to life?  Together, it will be a delight!

"Trust in the Lord & do good, then you will safely in the land & prosper.  Take delight in the Lord & he will give you your heart's desires.  Commit everything  you do to the Lord. Trust Him & he will help you." Psalm 37:3-5
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New Joy Arts is officially a 501c3 non-profit arts organization! In order to accomplish this, I have joined A.C.T. Intl as a department of their non-profit network. They will be assisting me with processing donations & receipts for New Joy Arts so that I can focus on directing the organization & running programs. It's an excellent partnership!

Thank you for your support in making this idea become a reality! If you would like to continue to invest in the work I am doing to cultivate creative & flourishing communities you can give a tax deductible gift at :
http://actinternational.org/ministry.aspx?min_id=379
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Please join me THIS SUNDAY 2/28 for an Artist's Reception at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA from 12:30-2:00pm for my current gallery show. This is a great opportunity or you to see my work & to celebrate with me!
Being Transformed Gallery Show
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We took a trip to Ikea & purchased frames for the gallery show this weekend. I've been busy framing my work today and more than half the artwork is up! I'm still working on labels & my bio but I'll post photos when it's finished!
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