The Art Evangelist – Sacred Spaces and Public Places
We seek to utilize the sacred space as a means to fill art education and spiritual communication gaps. Overwhelming research points to the positive impact a strong art background can have on our community development and overall life’s enrichment. One of the easiest ways to fill that void is through exposure to religious architecture, artifacts, and gardens. We teach the history of art in the church and we illuminate artistic elements of light within.
We also work to develop an individual’s expression through art. Specifically, developing the ability to see; honing the ability to draw what one sees; concentrating on an ability to produce art through discipline and work ethic; refining the ability to promote oneself and the work; and finally, crafting the ability to say no.
Our art programs seek to enliven and deepen conversation and communication about difficult matters facing faith and humanity. These include art exhibitions focusing on the issues of faith challenges, evening retreats, day workshops and other innovative programs. Many sacred spaces today face issues of preservation and conservation. Some larger churches have to engage in huge foundation campaigns to support historic art work and upkeep. Smaller congregations may not be able to consider traditional big budget items like stained glass.
More and more churches are bringing works of art into their buildings in order to enhance worship and provide a focus for prayer and reflection. By exploring the relationship between faith and the visual arts, we can assist with advice on how to commission works of art, how to place them, and how to hold art exhibitions in church. A new wave will utilize the sacred space itself as a venue for art galleries and exhibitions. This is proving to be a reliable bridge between communities and individuals.
In addition to having explored the theological agenda for art and the Church, we’ve undertaken the need for enhanced communications between the Church and artists and for skill and sensitivity to artistic dimensions of worship. For example, our Big Draw is where students focus on aspects of the church’s architecture and magnificent sculpture and paintings as they create their own pieces of art in reflection of MEANING. That’s what drawing forces you to do – to really look closely at things as though it were the first time you have seen them and become really absorbed. It is after all, MEANING that moves us to act.
The Art Evangelist helps individuals, organizations and communities explore how religion and faith happen in material culture, we bridge the world of scholarship and museum practice, we support all those seeking, at whatever level, to understand and explain the relationships between objects, art and belief. We continue to work on a collective body of ACTIVE faith-producing artists or those working within the liturgical arena. A good curator is like an art evangelist, a missionary for a better world — (s)he celebrates the aesthetics of life, and keeps praying and working towards these goals.
Finally, The Art Evangelist provides leading resources and program and management consultation to organizations involved in art administration, art application, art’s meaning and most importantly, art’s communication in nature and faith. We generate ideas, we help deliver message, we illuminate strategic plans, we simplify challenges, and we walk through strategies for successful outreach. We’re problem solvers and creative idea people. The more important question is, who are you? What’s important to you and what are you trying to achieve? And how can we help YOU grow?
This is just a sampling of our talents. We support Americans for the Arts in FOCUSING on the arts at local, state, and national levels; ENCOURAGING individuals and organizations to participate in the arts; ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and RAISING public awareness about the role arts and humanities play in our communities and lives. We have a philanthropic eye towards US Veterans, and we work to utilize art as healing therapies for those with trauma.
We are also members of: The Forum for Architecture, Culture & Spirituality (ACS), Partners for Sacred Places, and Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). Be sure to check our Resources page for additional launching points. We are pleased also to continue to bring you first hand testimonials from previous clients.
“Back historically, all your great masterpieces — whether it’s in art or music — were inspired by the church and by the Bible,” the Rev. Kevin Bausman said. “I think along the way we kind of lost touch of that, and I think we need to regain that again.”