International Festival of Creative Arts Ministry (I-Fest)

A project by Dale VonSeggen

Arts, Theatre


     From 1995 to 2010, the "International Festival of Christian Puppetry and Ventriloquism," or "I-Fest", was held in Bourbonnais, Illinois at Olivet Nazarene University.  The attendances averaged about 700 teens and adults each year, with a high of 1,100.

     The original sponsoring ministry was One Way Street, Inc., which became "Creative Ministry Solutions" in 2011.  Our desire is to "Bring Back" I-Fest July 6-10, 2015 and to call it the "International Festival of Creative Arts Ministry"

     I-Fest will be five days filled with lots of workshops, performances, competitions, hands-on workshops, and inspiration for puppeteers, ventriloquists, stick ministry, hand mime, gospel illusion, human video, and other creative ministry techniques.  On campus housing, great food, and central USA location just south of Chicago make Olivet an excellent venue for I-Fest '15.  We'll have a select "Dream Team" for young, experienced puppeteers, and a large "shopping mall" filled with creative ministry resources of all kinds.

     Our vision is to have a fabulous four-day training event with 500 or more teens and adults who are excited about learning and sharing creative ministry skills.  Your donation through Faithlauncher will be used for a deposit to secure the use of the college's facilities, and for printing and postage for the promotion of the event.

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  • Our Faithlauncher Effort is Over!!

    about 2 years ago

          Here's a great big THANK YOU to all of you who made a donation to assist with some of the up-front costs of I-Fest 2015.  Some of the money has been used for a deposit with Olivet, and for some mailing costs, and the rest will be used for up-front promotion costs for the event.  We had a total of 29 individuals or couples who donated, and the total amount donated was  $6,575.   We will be sending the free I-Fest T-shirts to you when they are ready, and the other rewards will be processed at or before I-Fest.

           Right now we have 85 registrations, and we are working hard on getting the brochure together.  Also, one new thing this year is that we are planning a program for five to ten year old children. (11 and 12 year-olds will have the choice of attending the adult program or the K-Fest (kids) program. )

         If you are interested in serving as a Conference Assistant (CA), please contact the Events Office right away...those positions are filling.

         Thanks again for your wonderful support and encouragement.  We look forward to seeing you at I-Fest 2015 July 6-10 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. 

     

     

     

      

  • Lots of I-Fest 2015 information is online now ar www.creativemin.com/events

    about 2 years ago

     Hello Everyone:

           Just an update on I-Fest '15 information.  The following info is all online now:

       *Registration Prices (Early Bird deadline is Feb 15th)

      * Dream Team Application, Conference Assistant Application

       *Transportation and Lodging info, Schedule,  Competition Info

              Confirmed staff at this point include  Lenny Corliss, Ben Christensen, Brett Belleque, Paul Morley, Harry Barrett, J.J. Graves, Edna Bland, Carrie Murphy (Dream Team Director), Liz VonSeggen, and our "regulars" from Creative Ministry Solutions, and many more who will be getting back to us with their confirmations soon (Susan hopes!!!).

              We are also hoping to provide a special program for 5-11 year old children called "K-Fest" to provide programming during workshop hours for the younger family members.  That should be fun!!!

              Thanks again for your support through Faithlauncher!  The Faithlauncher campaign ends February 15th, so if you can encourage any more donations...please do so.

              Hope to see all of you July 6-10 at I-Fest 2015

     

    DaleV 

             

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • New I-Fest Logo!

    more than 2 years ago


    Here's a look at the new version of the I-Fest logo...reflecting the broader scope of arts we'll be covering at the festival.

  • MANY THANKS to all who have supported so far.

    more than 2 years ago

              We're working on the registration cost figures, staffing, room usage, and are getting ready to broaden the Faithlauncher appeal to a wider audience.  We're one-third of the way to our goal...and we have FAITH!!  We are soliciting inquiries for Conference Assistants, and also suggestions for desired speakers and performers.  (Ones we can afford!!)  We are SO encouraged by the responses so far.  We're thinking of using the theme "WE ARE FAMILY" or "FAMILY REUNION" or something along that line.   The different types of Creative Ministry Performance Arts are a "family", and we consider our many festival hosts, speakers, performers, and ministry partners as "family" as well.  We hope all of you are planning to attend...and if not, please  help "spread the word" to anyone who might be interested.

     

     

  • We are hard at work to put I-Fest 2015 together!

    more than 2 years ago

     

  • I-Fest 2015 is on the Calendar!

    more than 2 years ago

    Well, it's official!  The International Festival of Creative Arts Ministry (I-Fest) is on the calendar for July 6-10, 2015 at Olivet Nazarene University.  We have been thrilled with the response we'e gotten to the FaithLauncher campaign and have decided to move forward in faith with our plans...but we still have a long way to go.  Keep spreading the word to all your creative ministry friends through Facebook, Twitter and any other avenues you can.  And be sure to save the date!  We hope to see you at I-Fest 2015.

  • Also I wanted to say....

    more than 2 years ago

         Liz and I are taking a much-needed "down time" to Branson, Missouri tomorrow for about a week...I will plan to send personal email "thank yous" to each of you who have supported so far.  We are really encouraged by the first-day response!!

    • Avonda Row

    • 2015-02-18 20:31:16 -0800
    • JJ and Laura Graves

    • 2015-02-18 19:15:19 -0800
    • Cindy Long

    • 2015-02-16 21:01:34 -0800
    • Joy Company

    • 2015-02-06 14:33:42 -0800
    • Kathy Stansbery

    • 2015-02-05 09:33:47 -0800
    • Emily Demerath

    • 2015-01-31 10:54:19 -0800
    • Alan and Lisa Laird

    • 2015-01-29 10:30:34 -0800
    • Barb Leystra

    • 2015-01-22 16:58:26 -0800
    • Jim and Bonnie Scott

    • 2015-01-12 17:03:31 -0800
    • Todd & Debra Henson

    • 2015-01-01 06:23:15 -0800
    • Judy Buch

    • 2014-12-09 13:09:35 -0800
    • Michael Sare

    • 2014-12-03 20:05:26 -0800



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  • User
    Anonymous     about 2 years ago

    Sorry to do this in the last minutes...doing my best to beg and plead to get the week off to attend IFest!!! Dates are currently blacked out and I am bottom of vacation totem pole :( I would really really really LOVE to be able to attend!! In the meantime, blessings to everyone, involved, and I wish the donation goal was met and all the backers slots filled .. maybe, just maybe, not everyone knew about this wonderful project :( I wish I could have done more. Keep His Word strong in your heart, and let the world hear His Words thru your actions - especially creatively!!

  • User
    Anonymous     about 2 years ago

    Creative Ministry Solutions has been a tremendous blessing to our family. Thanks to all the folks at CMS.

  • User
    Anonymous     about 2 years ago

    This gift is in honor of Joan Laird.

  • Todd Liebenow    about 2 years ago

    For those asking about costs for I-Fest registration,  that is now up at our website. http://www.creativemin.com/category/ifest_reg

  • User
    Anonymous     about 2 years ago

    Looking forward to I-Fest 2015!

  • User
    Anonymous     about 2 years ago

    Whatever we can do to help, let us know.

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    I've already alerted my team that I-Fest is BACK!! We're so excited and hoping all 7 of us can attend :D

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    My husband and I have a childrens ministry how much does it cost for this event?

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    May God bless your endeavor as you step out in faith. Isaiah 35:3 3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Comment below (and this) is left by me, Pat Graves. (Can't figure out how to not be "anonymous"... haha.

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    My ministry and my business would never have come about without I-Fest. It's something we have done as a family, and as a team. I greatly anticipate it's return and encourage EVERYONE to jump on this band-wagon.

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    I'm praying for your ministry, organization and this event. May God encourage you, give you strength and give you wisdom and creativity as you seek to equip and expand the Kingdom. Ephesians 3:20!

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    This even has changed our lives. We only wish we could contribute more.

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    This confrence changed our lives! We wish we could contribute more!

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    It is because of the regional OWS and I-Fest training events that I have a thriving ventriloquism and puppetry ministry and perform for churches, schools, senior communities, and community groups primarily in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Now, I get to learn more in other areas of creative arts ministry to share with the children of my home church

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    I have really missed IFEST and everyone that I have talked to has too. I would love to bring a group if we can get the money together. Never brought a group to IFEST so I don't know what the cost would be. We do go to a Chicago Regional once and I went to St.Louis Regional with a group before too. I have been a vendor several times there and have met so many people that I look forward to seeing again.

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Please add Langston Hatch with mine as a contributor. I got him interested in puppet ministry at the age of 2 and his life have never been the same. And neither has ours. We thank God you and the workers of Creative Ministry Solution, you have touch so many lives across the country and you have been a blessing to me and my family. I am supporting I-fest. Yeah!!! Goooo Team

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Praying that I-Fest will be a reality this year. It gave me my puppetry and ventriloquism start and has, AND WILL for many, many others who seek to share the Gospel in creative ways to a spiritually hungry world! Looking forward to it! Only wish it didn't collide with Vent Haven. Dotti

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Our family has been blessed in countless ways through the ministry of One Way Street and Creative Ministry Solutions. We can never thank you enough but want to help in this small way at least. Thanks for your faithfulness and for your encouragement over the years.

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 (NIV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    PRAISE THE LORD !!! I-FEST IS A BLESSING & NEEDS TO RETURN

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Dale, I won't be able to attend I-Fest 2015. It overlaps with my summer camp dates. But, I would love for I-Fest to be available to everyone again. I'm glad you're doing this and pray God brings you great success!

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Great idea! I hope we can get it back!

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