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Evangel University presents Fine Arts Development Day, Feb. 17

Published on Jan 24, 2018 by Paul K. Logsdon

Thousands of students participate each year in District and National Fine Arts Festivals sponsored by the Assemblies of God.

Evangel University will host a Fine Arts Development Day on Saturday, Feb. 17, in partnership with the National Fine Arts Department of the AG, to help young people further develop their gifts and prepare for their district festivals.

The 2018 Fine Arts Development Day will attract middle school and high school students from across the U.S.A. who plan to enter competitions this spring. Activities will be held in Evangel’s Barnett Fine Arts Center.

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The Barnett Fine Arts Center is located south of the Spence Chapel at Evangel University. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

“The day will include open coaching sessions and workshops in the various departments at Evangel University,” said Dr. Bonnie Jenkins, professor of music. “Evaluators and faculty will coach individual presentations in open sessions.”

Each year, more than 65,000 students compete in the District and National Fine Arts Festivals. Students may enter as many as 66 categories offered in nine main divisions: Art, Communication, Dance, Drama, Enterprise, Exhibition, Instrumental, Vocal and Writing.

The 2018 National Fine Arts Festival will be held in Houston, Texas, July 30 to Aug. 3.

“The Fine Arts Festival approach encourages the discovery, development and deployment of young talent,” said Doug Jenkins, director of CBC alumni and church relations at EU. “And that’s what we do at Evangel on a daily basis — encourage the development of young talent.”

Come early for College Days

The Fine Arts students are encouraged to arrive on Thursday evening, Feb. 15, and join with other prospective students and their families on Friday for the first EU College Days of 2018.

“However, students who cannot come for both days are welcome to attend either event,” added Dr. Jenkins.

EU College Days are all-encompassing visit days for students from around the country. Guests tour the campus, visit classes, attend chapel and meet with professors, admissions counselors and current Evangel students.

“For an undergraduate student, there’s no better way to get a feel for campus life at Evangel than by coming for a visit,” said Ana Solano, associate director of undergraduate admissions.

“Our college days give students the chance to immerse themselves in the EU undergraduate experience, allowing them to envision themselves as Evangel students,” she said. “We look forward to answering their questions and helping them navigate the admissions process.”

For more information and to register for this or any of the spring EU College Days dates (see list below), visit or contact Undergraduate Admissions at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7300.


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Thursday – Welcome to EU

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Arrival and Meet Host

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner with EU hosts

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Hang out with Student Hosts


Friday – EU College Days

8:00 a.m. – Arrival and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Welcome Session

8:45 a.m. – Campus Tours

10:00 a.m. – Chapel

11:00 a.m. – Class Visits (Students)

11:00 a.m. – Parent Panel (Parents only)

12-noon – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Academic Department Visits

2:00 p.m. – Student Session (Students)

2:00 p.m. – How to pay for college (Parents)

3:00 p.m. – Reception with the President


FineArts logo colorSaturday – Fine Arts Development Day

8:00 a.m. – Arrival and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Opening

  • Dr. Bonnie Jenkins, Evangel professor of music and event coordinator
  • Tom Matrone, chair of the Evangel University Department of Music
  • Darin Poe, SOMO district youth director
  • Tom Groot, director of student discipleship, AG National Youth Ministries

9:00 a.m. – Session One: How to Reach Your Potential  (Hear from National Fine Arts Award of Merit Winners)

10:00 a.m. – Session Two: EU Faculty Workshops & Masterclasses

12-noon – Session Three & Lunch: Communicating Your Passion and Ministry Gift  (Hear from National Fine Arts Evaluators and EU Faculty)


Future EU College Days

  • March 1-2, 2018
  • March 22-23, 2018
  • April 5-6, 2018
  • April 19-20, 2018