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
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 :