Six Whitworth alums with divergent interests and career paths have come together on video to help guide incoming freshmen. The resulting documentary, Art in Me: An Exploration of Vocation and Calling, highlights Whitworth grads whose lives are colorful illustrations of vocation in today's world.
The film, funded in part by Whitworth's Lilly Vocation Grant, is the result of collaboration between North by Northwest Productions and the college. The documentary's vignette format follows the stories of alumni on their journeys to self-discovery. Featured alumni include Jen Senkler, '05, Jena Lee, '04, Majid Tanas, '02, David Collins, '97, Nate Carson, '97, and Margaret Meeker-Carson, '95.
Their stories span the vocational spectrum, from parenting and attending graduate school to working in business and the nonprofit sector. The documentary also features current Whitworth students, faculty and staff members who discuss their gifts, passions, skills, convictions and sense of purpose in areas of their lives including work, family, church, community and the wider world.
The Art in Me project began in the summer of 2005, when Dale Soden, director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning, spoke with North by Northwest producers Andrea Palpant Dilley, '00, and David Tanner about creating a film that would help first-year students think about vocation in their lives. This year, Whitworth faculty who are freshman advisors received copies of the film to show during the mandatory seminar for first-year students.
"Advisors are using the film to encourage freshmen to discuss a variety of issues related to vocation," Soden says. "The film also helps students to think about living out one's vocation to ‘love thy neighbor' in all areas of their lives."
Art in Me is the second documentary collaboration between Whitworth and North by Northwest Productions. The first was In Time of War, a documentary about Japanese internment camps in the Northwest during World War II.