The Divine Intersection: How Christians Can Give Back to the Arts Community | Nashville Christian Family Magazine August 2023 issue - free Christian magazine

Art has been an integral part of human civilization since time immemorial. It serves as a profound medium for expressing our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs, transcending language barriers and cultural divides. For Christians, who are guided by principles of love, compassion, and service, giving back to the arts community is not only an opportunity to enrich society but also a way to reflect their faith and values. This article explores how Christians can actively engage with and support the arts community in meaningful and impactful ways.

Recognize the Value of Art

Christians should first recognize the intrinsic value of art. In the Bible, creativity is celebrated as a gift from God. In Genesis 1:27, it is written, “So God created mankind in his own image.” Since humans are created in God’s image, the act of creating, including through the arts, is a reflection of divine attributes. Therefore, Christians should appreciate the arts not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for their ability to inspire, heal, and bring people closer to God.

Support Christian Artists

One important way to give back to the arts community is to support individual Christian artists. Many talented individuals within the Christian community pursue careers in various artistic fields, including visual arts, music, literature, and theater. Christians can offer support by purchasing their work, attending their performances, or commissioning pieces for their churches. By supporting Christian artists, the church not only encourages creativity but also strengthens the faith-based message within art.

Encourage Arts Education

Arts education is essential for nurturing talent and creativity in future generations. Christians can give back to the arts community by supporting arts education programs in schools, churches, and community organizations. Volunteering as mentors, providing scholarships, or donating art supplies are effective ways to contribute to the development of young artists.

Create Spaces for Art

Churches and Christian organizations can provide physical spaces for artists to display their work, hold exhibitions, or perform. These spaces can serve as platforms for both Christian and non-Christian artists to share their creativity. Hosting art events within a faith-based context can provide a unique opportunity for dialogue and exploration of spiritual themes.

Collaborate on Faith-Based Projects

Collaboration between the Christian community and the arts community can result in impactful faith-based projects. Christians can work with artists to create art that conveys messages of hope, love, and faith. These collaborations can take the form of art installations, performances, or literary works that explore biblical themes and stories.

Promote Art that Uplifts and Inspires

Christians can use their influence to promote art that aligns with their values. By supporting and celebrating art that uplifts and inspires, the church can encourage artists to create work that reflects the principles of love, compassion, and grace found in Christianity. This may involve participating in art juries, organizing art festivals, or reviewing and recommending faith-based art to a wider audience.

Engage in Thoughtful Critique

Critiquing art in a constructive and respectful manner can help artists grow and improve their work. Christians can engage in thoughtful critique by offering feedback that is both encouraging and constructive. This approach not only supports artists but also fosters a sense of community within the arts world.

Pray for the Arts Community

Lastly, and most importantly, Christians can support the arts community through prayer. Praying for artists, their work, and the impact of art on society acknowledges the spiritual dimension of creativity and demonstrates care for the well-being of artists.

How Can ACT Help?

By supporting the Christian arts community, believers have an opportunity to live out their faith in a tangible and meaningful way. At ACT International our passion is generosity—collecting, guarding, and directing every individual contribution to help fulfill the intended result of each missional effort. Also, caring for the donations and the donors who generously contribute to the ministries of ACT International is a privilege for our home office team. This is our commitment. This is what we do. This is who we are.

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Dr. Byron Spradlin, President, ACT International –
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