Former artistic director for Turtle Creek Chorale will be foundation’s director of art
Tim Seelig, longtime artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, will join the staff of Hope for Peace and Justice on Aug. 1 as director of art for Peace and Justice.
Seelig will head a new program that aims to “utilize the arts to educate, enlighten and inspire people and thereby create a cultural shift toward peace and justice,” according to a statement.
“I am thrilled about the possibilities this new program presents,” said Seelig, who is stepping down as the chorale’s artistic director at the end of the season after 20 years. “Art always has been a reflection of where a society stands on many issues. It can also be used as a dynamic agent of change in people’s minds and hearts. I look forward, with great excitement, to the change that this program will create.”
The program will enlist artists to become “ambassadors and educators and prophets and priests for social transformation,” according to the statement. It will work to use music, drama, literature, dance and the visual arts to “challenge people to work together to create beauty rather than destruction, unity rather than divisions and cooperation rather than conflict,” the statement said.
The Rev. Michael Piazza, president of Hope for Peace and Justice, said the organization is looking forward to Seelig’s contributions.
“Under Tim’s charismatic leadership, the Turtle Creek Chorale became a world class organization that not only set the standard for male chorale mustic, but also became a force for education and change,” Piazza said. “I have no doubt that he will do the same with Art for Peace and Justice.”
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 27, 2007.