Arts Department

Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 07, 2017

"We could say that our social mission as Buddhists is to contribute broadly to society by establishing a new culture of humanism that gives expression to... joy. The creation of outstanding art and culture will attest to the greatness of this Buddhist philosophy." (Daisaku Ikeda, NHR, Vol. 27, Installments 35-36.)

Aug 04 - Aug 07

What is the focus of this conference?

Our theme of our conference this year is:

Sensei, Holding High the Banner Of Mentor and Disciple, We Promise to be the Pillar, Eyes and Great Ship--Unifying Our Nation


Our focus is to refresh the Mentor and Disciple spirit in the lives of each artist in attendance. In this day and age, in the Latter Day of the Law, there is so much disunity within humanity. We want every Arts Department member to leave the conference as strong disciples vowing to work hard alongside our mentor: to be the wise, unifying factor not only in our activities in SGI-USA but in our art, in our community, and in our daily lives in society.

Who should apply to this conference?

  • Open to all SGI-USA members who consider themselves an artist of any discipline in any field!
  • Must be at least 16 years of age. Youth under the age of 18 will need a minor consent form.

Who are the facilitators?

Larry Singer

SGI-USA Arts Department Men's Leader

Almeda Bailey-Wead

Central Territory Vice Women's Leader

John Franklin

East Territory Arts Department Men's Leader

Sae Chonabayashi

East Territory Arts Department Women's Leader

Kryssi Staikidis

Central Territory Arts Department Women's Leader

Erica Gimpel

West Territory Arts Department Women's Leader

Scot Morton

Central Territory Arts Department Men's Leader

Cristine Dhimos

Zone Arts Department Women's Leader

(Due to unexpected schedule changes, facilitators may change.)