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Asia organizations and websites

Asia organizations and websites

 
PAN-ASIAN
 
Asian Christian Art Association, ACAA. In 1978 the Asian Christian Art Association was founded to encourage the visual arts in Asian churches. This association was the result of dialogues between artists and theologians in Asia. Theologians who appreciate the creative mind of the artists have also inspired and helped artists in their theological reflections which are manifest in their paintings sculptures and dances. Conversely, many artists have also inspired theologians to be more creative in their theological thoughts and in their sermons. In the last twenty years, many exhibitions have been held not only in various countries in Asia, but also in Europe, North America and Australia. Members have been assisted to exhibit their works nationally and internationally. Publishes Image magazinewww.asianchristianart.org (E) 
 
 
BALI
 
Bali Christian Art Association, BCAA, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Founded in 2003, BCAA arranges exhibitions and conferences, networks, publishes books, and trains the next generation of artists. www.calvin.edu/nagel/projects/charis/bios/wardani.php (E)
 
 
CAMBODIA
 
Cambodian Christian Arts Ministry, Phnom Penh. This missionary organization wants to train Cambodians for Christ through art, giving priority to disadvantaged children, who are given a place in a Christian family. They can become members of the CCAM Evangelistic Performing Team, which travels through Cambodia and sometimes other countries, to spread the Good News through dance, drama, traditional songs, testimonies and seminars. http://www.ccamvision.org/ (E)
 
 
CHINA
 
Amity Christian Art Center, Nanjing. Founded in 1992 in cooperation with the Amity foundation. Networking among domestic Christian artists the Center strives to develop original Christian art. The Amity Christian Art Center also associates with Christian associations outside of China for exchange and cultural enrichment, so as to enable the exhibition of Chinese Christian art works abroad. Publishes a bilingual Chinese/English Newsletter Christian Art Information
 
Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, Hong Kong. Aims to foster and develop contextual Christian spirituality, art and liturgy and to encourage interfaith and cultural exchange and dialogue. To explore and promote Chinese Christian art by organizing and participating in exhibitions and seminars, and documenting art work in the Chinese Christian church. To share Christian virtues, the love of Jesus, by producing original Christian art products. To create worship space, integrating visual arts into church life. Sell cards, paintings, handicrafts, meditation aids, books. www.tfscc.org/eg/ART/art_index.htm (Ch, E)
 
 
INDIA
 
India Arts Movement. India Arts Movement is a movement dedicated to inspiring all people to engage their culture to create a more good and beautiful world. IAM presents lectures, performances, exhibitions, screenings, and workshops. Our programming and resources equip the creative community to generate good, true and beautiful cultural artifacts: sign-posts pointing toward the ‘world that ought to be.’ Through understanding the culture that is and looking toward what could be, we hope to re-humanize our world. We encourage meaningful use of arts in the church and support, encourage and build artists professionally and spiritually. http://indiaartsmovement.org (E)
 
Indian Christian Artists Forum, Art-i, established in 2010. The forum seeks to promote study and appreciation of Catholic Christian art among various sections of clergy and laity in the church and the wider society in India and to encourage a deeper understanding, appreciation and application of Indian Christian art in theology, liturgy and architecture in the Church in India. The forum was convened by artist/priest Dr. Paul Kattukaran and consisted of fifteen renowned artists from various parts of India. At their inaugural meeting in August 2010, the group appointed Kattukaran as the national coordinator for the forum. In 2015 a Christian Artists' Camp was held in Goa.
 
 
INDONESIA
 
SERUNI (Seni Rupa Kristiani Indonesia; Indonesian Christian Visual Art). SERUNI was started in 2010 by artists from Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Menado and Bali as a gathering group for Christian art expressions. www.serunigallery.com (E)
 
 
JAPAN
 
Christians in the Arts Network Japan. The purpose of CAN is to connect, equip, train, and encourage creative individuals to be effective leaders of church renewal and growth. CAN accomplishes its this purpose through the projects and by cooperating with a broad range of individuals, churches and ministries who share our vision and values. With a blog on the website. All of the arts. www.japancan.com (Jap, E)
 
IAM, International Arts Movement, Tokyo. IAM gathers artists and creative catalysts to wrestle with the deep questions of art, faith and humanity in order to inspire the creative community to engage the culture that is and create the world that ought to be. 
 
Japan Christian Art Association. Catholic and Protestant artists organized the association and also invited some non-Christian artists to join them. Organizes exhibitions.
 
Kado Art Association, established by Tadao Tanaka.
 
 
KOREA
 
Association of Korean Christian Artists. Founded in 1963.
 
ARTMISSION, a group of Korean Christian artists. www.artmission.co.kr (Kor)
 
 
MALAYSIA
 
The Malaysian Christian Artists Fellowship. For info: pastorkengsen.blogspot.com/ (E)
 
 
NEPAL
 
Christian Arts Association Nepal, CAAN, Kathmandu. The organization attempts to be active in all fields of the arts. All Christian denominations. Special interests: conducting a music school; our main interest or involvement is to teach how to lead worship and praise in the growing Church in Nepal and in the Himalayas. Magazine in Nepali. 
 
 
PHILIPPINES
 
ISACC, Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture, Manila. Established in 1978 as a reflective arm of the church and a catalyst towards biblically-based responses to political, social and cultural issues in the country. Organized the first Philippine Christian Art Festival. Journal Patmos
 
 
THAILAND
 
Bangkok IAM group. The Bangkok outpost of International Arts Movement gathers artists and creative catalysts in Bangkok, Thailand to wrestle with the deep questions of art, faith and humanity in order to inspire the creative community to engage the culture that is and create the world that ought to be.