April 29, 2008
Christians in the Arts
My wife and I have been discussing this topic for several years. We're recently back to it en force as we try to map out what's next for our family. I hope to be posting more on this topic soon, but for now, here's a link dump of some recent sites I've found:
- Transforming Culture: A Vision for the Church and the Arts - this was a symposium held on the 1st-3rd of this month in Austin Texas. They'll be making audio downloads available for purchase soon. The general information they provide is interesting and encouraging.
- Imago Dei Community - a Portland, OR based church with a focus on the arts both in worship, as ministry, and as a vehicle for the communication of Truth.
- International Arts Movement - Makoto Fujimura who came to Christ because of a search for Truth in art has begun this group to promote similar exploration by other artists.
- Art for God's Sake by Philip Graham Ryken - a short but effective introduction to Christian art and the need for involvement. The introduction features information on Makoto Fujimura's work.
Along with these more national and international efforts, action is being taken in the Upstate of South Carolina as well:
Posted by TheIdeaMan at April 29, 2008 09:30 AM
- Silver Chair Books - a local book store in Greer, SC is hosting a Christian in the Arts discussion group in the next few weeks.
- Another group is going to be hosting an presentation on the Transforming Culture symposium this Friday night at Snapshot Café and Art Bar. Details provided by the organizer are below:
- Where: Snapshot Café and Art Bar
110 Poinsett Hwy at Rutherford Rd.
- When: Friday, May 2, 6-7 PM
- Who: Any Christian in the visual arts. Bring a friend!
- RSVP: stgeorgeapa [at] bellsouth [dot] net
Thanks for posting all this Ben. You probably heard for someone yesterday regarding this. I told him you had connections and a big interest in this area. If my schedule allows I will probably go to the gathering at Snap Shot.
Any more info on this since April? I'm fed up with the general "anti-God" feeling I get from UVA and will not be joining again next year. I'm trying to find out if there is a similar organization in the upstate for Christian artists, where bringing glory to God through artwork would be celebrated instead of scorned. I am a fine arts photographer and my company motto is "Celebrating God's Creation". Please let me know if you know of such an organization.