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Creative Arts Gathering In Waterloo, October 8,9,10 & 11



The 4th annual Perfected Praise Dance Ministry International Creative Arts Gathering is set for October 8, 9, 10 & 11 in downtown Waterloo.

This event is entitled, The Winds Are Shifting: Where are the Real Worshippers?  It will take place inside  Waterloo's Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.  The four-day gathering will feature a dazzling lineup of dozens of distinguished artists, writers, guest speakers and workshop facilitators from across the United States.

In just three years, The International Creative Arts Gathering has become a nationally recognized gathering of musicians, poets, thespians, dancers, mimes, writers and artists.

Workshops are held during the day, with evening services at 7 PM, free and open to the public.

Among the many confirmed guests this year are Bishop Dupree Cook of Right Spirit Ministries, Fort Spanish, Alabama; Angela Brown, of Agape Christian Ministries of Austin, Texas; Clarissa Stroud of the Master's Movement, Landover Hills, Maryland; Keowa and Anthony Rucker of Greensboro, North Carolina; Venise Berry, nationally known author from the University of Iowa.

The event will also feature several up and coming local artists, including Chassidi Ferguson of Shout! Ministries of Waterloo and recording artist, Dante' Marcellous, a talented University of Northern Iowa student from Waterloo.

Classes and clinics will be offered for dance, mime, fine arts, poets, creative writers, flags and pageantry, thespians/actors, psalmists and musicians.  

The International Creative Arts Gathering will provide a unique opportunity to expose local students the performing arts. Ongoing research already shows that young people, who participate in the arts for at least three hours, three days a week for a year, are four times more likely to be recognized for their academic achievement.

They are also four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair and win an award for writing an essay or poem. In other words, arts education has a tremendously positive impact on the developmental growth of children. It also helps at-risk students stay in school and avoid truancy, while enhancing their academic performance.

There are several ways you can get more information about the Creative Arts Gathering. Online at: Or E-mail at:

You can also contact Perfected Praise Dance Ministries Director and Founder, Ellaysa Newton, by telephone at 319-961-7724.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

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