Oates Institute

The 2017 Oates Awards Event

Thursday, October 19, 2017

“Spirituality, Faith Journeys, and the Arts” Featuring Harry Pickens

On Thursday, October 19, the Oates Institute will present the 2017 Oates Award to Harry Pickens.

The theme for this year’s Awards Gathering is “Spirituality, Faith Journeys, and the Arts.” The Oates Award this year will be presented to Harry Pickens for his contributions to spirituality and the arts through his music. Harry will speak about his faith journey and how his music has contributed to spirituality in general and compassion in specific. Following his talk, Harry will perform: “Sounding the Soul: Stories of Healing and Hope.”

Picture of Harry Pickens
Harry Pickens

Spiritually-inspired musician Harry Pickens sums up the source of his creative energy: “Human beings have the capacity to live as instruments of grace and bringers of joy. . . .  At the very core of being is a reservoir of joy, of love and possibility.” Finding a means of expression and communication through his music that touches this source of joy, Pickens’ music bridges the subtle distances between performer, audience, teacher, student, and most importantly, from one human being to another. (From the KET website)

Harry is an educator, performing artist, certified Havening Techniques practitioner who serves as artist in residence at the Kentucky Governor’s School, and is Principal at Harry Pickens Consulting and Music. As an internationally known Jazz artist, he got his start playing piano for his church and is known today for his volunteer work with refugee ministries, and other non-profit and faith-based organizations that promote peace and compassion.

The Gathering will be held at the Deer Park Baptist Church, 1733 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205.

Additional awards to be presented include;

  • Pastoral Leadership — Dr. David Platt, pastor, Deer Park Baptist Church
  • Spiritual/Pastoral Care Service — Chaplain Bob Cunningham, Norton Suburban Hospital
  • Outstanding Facilitator — Chaplain Dina Carroll, Hosparus Chaplain
  • Outstanding Board Member — Elaine Akin, Poet

Susan Sweeney Crum of WFPL, our local Public Radio station, will serve as MC for the evening.

Finally, there will be a silent auction of various kinds of art related to spirituality. Various kinds of expressions of art and spirituality are being requested for donation to the silent auction.

Schedule for the October 19 event:

6:00 PM — Gathering, Silent Auction, and Hors d’oeuvres by Gracious Plenty Catering

6:50 PM — Silent Auction closes

7:00 PM — Program, Presentations, and Performance featuring 2017 Honoree, Harry Pickens

The cost for the event is $45 for the entire event, and $35 for the program and Pickens performance alone. Tickets may be procured by purchasing them in advance either by check to the Oates Institute, 1733 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205; or through the button below.

Purchase Tickets

Reservations may be made by calling 502-459-2370, or sending an email to registration@oates.org. Money must be received prior to event if coming for Hors d’oeuvres by Gracious Plenty.

The button below will allow you to purchase multiple tickets on your credit card. You first choose the kind of ticket (or sponsorship) and then designate the quantity.

Event Tickets include the Hos d’oeuvres by Gracious Plenty, Silent Auction, and program

Program tickets are also available for just the Presentation, Program, and Performance by 2017 honoree, Harry Pickens.


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