Steven Homestead brings genre-spanning creativity to life, whether composing music, incarnating community art projects, writing and speaking on creativity and faith, or curating generative events and programs. He does this as an artist, composer, writer, curator, speaker, arts-leader, and mystic . Across his many roles, Steven works to promote honor, champion voice, share wonder, and develop unity.
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Steven is known for his community engaged work, including his roles to help launch the inaugural Compose LA Festival, as guest curator for the Boca de Oro Festival, and across numerous projects and spaces that have supported areas of mental health, identity, empathy, and community.
He is the force behind multiple interactive installations, including work at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and the Downtown Santa Ana ArtWalk, as well as at conferences and retreats. He’s had solo shows at Fuller Theological Seminary, TEDxMission Viejo, and Life Pacific University. He has also led numerous projects for Saddleback Visual Arts, where he has served as one of the ministry’s key arts leaders over the past decade to build and guide the community and its reach. In addition, he is a co-founder of the CoCreate Initiative (also at Saddleback Church), which originally grew from his heart and vision to see alignment and unity among the diverse creatives of the church. Recently, he helped launch the Heart to Heart program for Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), where he engages his passion and skills of empathy and listening. In 2022, was invited to serve on the inaugural Advisory Board. With his history of arts leadership, Steven is excited to continue to catalyze arts communities of faith around the globe, including through a leadership/mentoring role with Mariners Arts and his work with Shepherd Heart Ministry Consulting, the Church of the Brethren, and the Uncommon Voices Collective, among others.
As a renaissance creative, he has also been active in community building and poetry, starting his online poetry reading series Word Up! and serving as guest curator for the Boca De Oro festival, Orange County and Santa Ana’s literary arts and culture festival, where he has presented workshops with Billy Mark, Tinasha LaRayé, José Lozano, Kerry Mcpherson, including hosting the event’s closing key-note speaker, Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
As the former President of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles (ACF-LA), Steven worked to support the development and appreciation of new music throughout Southern California, including the launch the inaugural Compose LA festival.
Steven’s music soars, plays, meditates, and reminisces. Recent performances include premieres under the direction of Christian Guebert, with Newgate Orchestra, and collaboration with soprano Linda Jackson at Oasis concert series.
In 2021, Steven also served as a guest curator for BIOLA University’s Advent Project, working with the Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts. He has since been a contributing writer for the Advent and Lent projects.
Steven earned his MM in Composition-Theory from CSUF, where he studied with Pamela Madsen. At UCLA, he received his BA studying composition with Paul Chihara, Roger Bourland, David Lefkowitz, and Ian Krouse. (For further information on his music, see the About page under Music).
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