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‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord’ – that is what art does. Phyllis Novak

Christianity and Art

North-America organizations and websites

 North-America organizations and websites

CANADA
 
Byzantine Arts Today (BART), The North American Centre for Byzantine Arts, diverse locations, Canada. The aim of this organization is to create a centre of international excellence where everybody can learn about the different aspects of the traditional Byzantine art. http://www.thebart.ca (E)
 
Cardus, Hamilton ON. A think tank: an ideas lab for social innovation. Cardus is inspired by and works out of a long tradition of Christian social thought. This tradition has implications for how we think about economics, politics, art, sex and more. Our work is infused with the insights of this tradition, its virtues and its disciplines. With online articles, columns, calendar, research projects. The ‘1000 words’ section deals with the visual arts. www.cardus.ca (E)
 
Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild, Vancouver BC. The Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild is a society of artists and associates promoting the practice and appreciation of sacred arts as defined by the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. The aims of the guild touch upon the spiritual, educational, promotional and practical aspects of sacred art. www.epiphanysacredarts.org (E)
 
Imago, Toronto, ON. A Canadian arts organisation supporting Christians in the arts. Imago aims to engage in promoting artistry of high caliber that will be both enrich and carry positive influence on the Canadian cultural landscape. Art is critical as a resource for bridging our differences and offering some threads of hope in the deeply troubling situations we face. Imago is committed to participating with artists and those interested in the arts to do all it can to facilitate a thoughtful and practical program of support for the arts in Canada. With an online E-magazine. www.imago-arts.on.ca (E)
 
Lift Up Your Hearts. Worship & Spirituality Site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. With worship resources and many links for church art and architecture. www.worship.ca (E)
 
Vancouver Arts Network (VAN), Vancouver BC. The Vancouver Arts Network brings together and connects Christian Artists in the Vancouver area and has become a vital point of reference for Christian artists in the Lower Mainland region as well as a catalyst for the production and presentation of new works by these artists. Its membership list has grown to over 400 and includes musicians, dancers, writers, actors, visual artists, filmmakers and educators. Besides special arts events, workshops and lecture/discussion groups that take place throughout the year, VAN regularly produces three key networking events for the arts: a yearly city-wide arts festival (ManiFest), quarterly arts showcases (Imago Evenings) and two monthly arts liturgies. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vancouver-Arts-Network/226413870759321(E)
                                                                                             
 
USA
 
Adoremus - Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy. An association of Catholics to promote authentic reform of the Liturgy of the Roman Rite. It publishes the Adoremus Bulletin. On the website a list of articles from this bulletin about art and architecture. Adoremus Bulletin has been a pioneer in tracking the historic developments on the church architecture scene during the past several years. www.adoremus.org/ArchArticles.html (E)
 
ARC: The Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture. Religion in isolation from the arts is starved of concrete embodiment of its insights into the fullness of human life. Art gives religion the eyes to see ourselves in all our dimensions, the ears to hear the voice of our inner lives and the instruments with which to communicate with each other. The Society meets three times each year, normally in New York City. www.sarcc.org/index.htm (E)
 
Artists in Christian Testimony International (ACT). A missionary and ministry-sending agency for artistic missionaries. Runs music and arts oriented ministries in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Philippines and the United States. www.actinternational.org (E)
 
Arts and Entertainment Ministries. Education, resources and dialogue for those wrestling through the issues of integrating faith and art. http://a-e-m.org (E)
 
Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA) is dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of scholarship which examines the historical and contemporary relationship between Christianity and the visual arts. ASCHA is international, non-partisan and ecumenical. ASCHA is dedicated to the critical examination of problems that confront the field of art history through the development and practice of rigorous scholarly methodologies. http://christianityhistoryart.org (E)
 
Bowden Collections offers a variety of traveling exhibitions available for rental to museums, churches, colleges and seminaries and similar institutions: Seeing Christ in the Darkness: Rouault (1871-1958) as Graphic Artist; Cardboard Chronicles: The Biblical Art of Rudolph Bostic;  Eden to Eternity: 40 molas from the San Blas Islands; Chagall and the Bible; Journey to the Cross: Through the Eyes of Children; Otto Dix: Matthäus Evangelium, 33 lithographs; and Christ is Born with 30 old and contemporary works. www.bowdencollections.com (E)
 
Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. Educates artists in theology and theologians in the arts.The center aspires to be an evangelical arts think tank, with five stand-alone institutes focused upon worship and music, film and moving images, art and architecture, drama, journalism and creative writing, preaching and the study of the "emerging church," which incorporates painting, dance and other fine arts into worship. www.brehmcenter.com (E)
 
Build a Bridge. A non-profit arts education and intervention organization that engages the transformative power of the arts to bring hope and healing to children, families, and communities in the tough places of the world. BuildaBridge motivates, enlists, trains, and connects those with artistic gifts with those in greatest need. www.buildabridge.org (E)
 
By/For Ministries. By/For encourages artists to create sacred worship art by the church, for the church. Great art happens in community. By/For desires to strengthen ties between artists and their worship communities, so that both can grow together. Encourages art patronage. www.byfor.org (E)
 
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids MI. For the study and renewal of worship. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship aims to promote the scholarly study of the theology, history, and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities across North America and beyond. It is an interdisciplinary study and ministry center dedicated to both understanding and revitalizing the practice of Christian worship. It has a  website with a wealth of articles, resources, bibliographies etc., also on liturgy and the visual arts. www.calvin.edu/worship (E)
 
Center for Liturgical Art, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, IA. Our mission is to become a repository of information regarding the Liturgical Art of this region, for Clergy of all denominations, Architects, and Artists. www.augie.edu/dept/art/art/CenterForLiturgicalArt.htm (E)
 
Center for Liturgical Art, Concordia University, Seward, NE. The Center for Liturgical Art works with architects, liturgical consultants and master artisans in the design of worship space and the creation of ecclesiastical art. The CLA also promotes the use of visual art in worship, encouraging artists to assist the church in its ministry and providing educational outreach programs in the visual arts through the stewardship of God's gift of art. www.liturgicalart.org (E)
 
CANA, Christian Artists Networking Association, Sacramento, CA. Publishes a regular newsletter and organises regional, national and international conferences in Asia and Eastern Europe. http://canaorg.net (E)
 
CAN, Christians in the Arts Networking, Arlington, MA. A global database for networking Christian artists, groups, festivals, conferences, colleges, etc. All of the arts.
 
CCCA, Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts at Biola University, 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, California. The Center hopes to afford the Biola community and greater Los Angeles with a wide variety of opportunities to experience and think about the arts and about that which artistic expression can teach us. It hopes to encourage younger artists with visions for the possible and to create a gathering space for accomplished artists to learn from each other and to grow. http://ccca.biola.edu
 
Church Architecture Network. The website offers a comprehensive and reliable collection of information and resources on the web relating to religious art and architecture. The Church Architecture Network serves pastors, designers, and church committees involved in the creation, renovation, or decoration of worship space. With links to articles and an online bookstore, as well as listings of architects and events related to this specialized field. www.churcharchitecture.net (E)
 
CIVA, Christians in the Visual Arts, Madison, WI, USA. The vision of CIVA is Serious Art. Serious Faith. CIVA exists to further both of these pursuits. Its mission is best expressed in three primary and longstanding commitments; CIVA and its members are Called to Creative Work, Devoted to the Church, and Present in Culture. A networking organization for visual artists in North America and worldwide, CIVA coordinates traveling exhibits, publishes SEEN Journal two times a year, and holds a regional events and a biennial conference. http://www.civa.org (E)
 
C.S. Lewis Foundation, Redlands, Ca. Triennial conference in Oxford and Cambridge. Inspired by the life and legacy of C.S. Lewis, our mission is to advance the renewal of Christian thought and creative expression throughout the world of learning and the culture at large. Articles on topics like architecture, aesthetics, the visual arts in the section of the on-line journal In Pursuit of Truth. www.cslewis.org (E)
 
ECVA, Episcopal Church Visual Arts. The mission of The ECVA is to encourage artists, individuals, congregations, and scholars to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church. ECVA values the significance of visual imagery in spiritual formation and the development of faith, and creates programs to support those who are engaged in using the visual arts in spiritual life. www.ecva.org (E)
 
Eyekons. Gallery, stock image bank (a digital marketplace of spiritual art), visual tools for creative worship, store (gifts, cards, books), giclee print collection and info on the artists that are represented in their collection. www.eyekons.com (E)
 
The Foundation for Sacred Arts, Washington D.C. The Foundation for Sacred Arts is a Catholic organization which has been founded to encourage and inspire the production and promotion of sacred arts for the glory of God and the transformation of society. The Foundation for Sacred Arts seeks to stimulate a movement in the fine arts by inspiring those with artistic talent to create works of truth, beauty, and goodness. Our projects include: a series of traveling exhibits which present and promote the work of contemporary Christian artists; a network of chapters of Christian artists in cities throughout the country to enable these artists to meet and share ideas; and a database of information on Christian artists active in the country today. Sends out a free e-mail newsletter. http://thesacredarts.org (E)
 
The Georgetown Center for Liturgy (GCL), an Institute for Worship, Spirituality, & the Ritual Arts. The Georgetown Center continues its mission of working for a transformed church through a renewed liturgy by providing resources and programs to the church at the parish, diocesan, regional and national levels. Extensive website called EnVision Church: www1.georgetown.edu/centers/liturgy/envisionchurch (E); http://centerforliturgy.georgetown.edu (E)
 
The Grove Center for the Arts and Media. Our vision is to see Christ in culture through the arts & media. With a Creativ Edge Artist Network and a forum on the website. www.thegrovecenter.org (E)
 
Grunewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA. Events, classes and seminars throughout the year. Summer courses. E-newsletter. www.artfaith.com (E)
 
IAM, International Arts MovementA catalyst arts organization committed to cultural and spiritual renewal. Its programs support individual artists in their work and embrace the entire arts community. IAM is active in Tokyo and New York City, with affiliations in Orlando, Los Angeles, and London. Its vision: a fusion of creativity and faith that expresses and illustrates God's intimate and merciful identity in the world. www.internationalartsmovement.org (E)
 
Iconreader; A Reader's Guide to Orthodox Icons. A great online resource for learning about Orthodox icons. https://iconreader.wordpress.com/ (E)
 
Image, Seattle, WA. Elaborate website with interviews, articles and a blog of Image,Journal of the Arts and Religion.Image speaks with equal force and relevance to the secular culture and to the church. By finding fresh ways for the imagination to embody religious truth and religious experience, Image challenges believers and non-believers alike. Organizes an annual conference (The Glen Workshop) and publishes a free e-mail newsletter ImageUpdate. http://imagejournal.org/page/journal (E)
 
Imago Dei. Imago Dei is an interdisciplinary, ecumenical Christian organization that seeks to understand and cultivate the relationship between Christianity and the arts. We have two focal points: 1) The study of Christianity and the arts, and 2) the practice of the arts in a Christian context. Our Vision is to partner with regional Christian arts organizations and support the work of churches and individuals engaged in arts. Has an Arts Center in downtown Kansas City, KS. In addition to their annual worship arts conference and workshops, they provide art instruction for inner city students. 
 
Index of Christian Art, Princeton University. An iconographic index of Christian themes in early Christian and Medieval art, broadly construed. It is the most important and largest archive of Medieval art anywhere in the world. The Index was begun in order to trace the history and evolution of iconographic themes and concepts in early Christian and Medieval art in all media and in all geographic areas. The complete Index of Christian Art is available in five locations: the Index of Christian Art headquarters at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington, D.C., the Getty Research Center, Los Angeles, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome, and the Rijksuniversiteit, Utrecht. http://ica.princeton.edu (E)
 
Institute for Sacred Architecture. The Institute publishes 'Sacred Architecture Journal' and important studies on Catholic architecture. www.sacredarchitecture.org (E)
 
Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), Washington DC. Represents clergy, lay leaders, artists, architects, and landscape designers concerned with design for worship. www.aia.org/practicing/groups/kc/AIAS076007 (E) and www.faithandform.com (E)
 
Logos Divinity Guildworks and Ministries, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is an ecumenical, charismatic-revelatory endeavor founded in 2007. We are a modern (Abrahamic) interfaith ministry and artists-guild fusing art and faith in a new paradigm revealing God’s word in scripture. Encouraging spiritual formation by visually, musically and in digital-video/film formats re-envisioning God's word, LDG artistically partners the passion of the first Evangelists with Chassidic Judaism's joyful witness in voicing the Hebrew bible and Gospels of Jesus Christ. http://logosguildworksministries.org (E)
 
The New Renaissance Rising. The Resource Site for Connecting, Equipping and Inspiring Churches and Artists for the New Renaissance. A movement to reintegrate inspired art into the church and spiritually powerful art into the culture. A movement that will connect artists with the ultimate Creator and their true selves, invigorate the Body of Christ and convey God's love to the world in creative and authentic ways. http://thenewr.org (E)
 
Operation Mobilisation ARTS International. In a world fascinated by entertainment, one of the most effective ways to connect with people is by engaging their imagination. The Arts have already become a culturally pervasive means of communication through which “truth” is currently being received and embraced in most all cultures and generations. OM Arts has been raised up for such a time as this, to empower performing, technical, and visual artists to engage their creative gifts in worshipping the One True God, and bringing His Gospel to the nations. www.arts.om.org (E)
 
Operation Mobilisation ArtsLink is a division of OM Arts, the artistic ministries of OM International. We send artists of various skills, ages, and experience on overseas projects where they encounter other cultures, create art, and build relationships. They get linked to a team (short- or long-term) where their artistic talents and life can be invested. The artists   possess skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art, ceramics, textiles, art education, art therapy, film, photography, etc. www.OMArtsLink.org (E)
 
Religion News Service, section Was Blind, But Now I See (RNS LOOKS AT ART). The Religion News Service aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. The art section features essays about current events in the visual arts.  http://religionnews.com/series/was-blind/ (E)
 
Sacred Art Pilgrim. This website by John Kohan charts the journey of one modern art lover who has collected works by modern artists from around the globe who have been inspired by religious themes. The website discusses many artists, some well-known and others only known in their own corners of the world. sacredartpilgrim.com (E)
 
Seeds Fine Art Exhibits, Orange CA. Through carefully crafted travelling group exhibits we encourage, convict and inspire both secular and ecumenical communities. www.seedsfineart.org (E) and http://seedsfineart.tumblr.com (E)
 
Society of Catholic Artists, New-York City. This community of artists and media professionals is inspired by Pope Benedicts’ XVI call to artists to be “custodians of Beauty” and “heralds and witnesses of Hope to humanity”. They want to work for the greater glory of God and the common good. They organize a yearly mess and a variety of other activities. http://www.catholicartistssociety.org/
 
Sojourn Visual Arts is an arts group growing out of the ministry of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. We want to equip local artists with the knowledge, skills, materials, and opportunities needed to create artwork that will express their faith, serve the church, and renew culture. With articles, video lectures, art projects, and a blog. http://sojournvisualarts.com (E)
 
Stainwash. Korean Christian Artists group in NYC. Stainwash is an independent Christian artist organization. Stainwash presents two exhibitions a year celebrating Easter and Christmas.
 
Stone Works. Website with a lot of info and materials for reflection. Stone Works is a global arts partnership committed to arts education, spiritual formation, cultural reformation and the recovery of the imagination in the life and mission of the church. Organizes summits, symposia, leadership training and seminars and publishes MOSAIC. www.stoneworks-arts.org (E)
 
Washington Arts Group, Washington D.C. We work to encourage professionalism in the arts, the connection of art to the life and faith of communities nationally and internationally, and the development of Washington, D.C. as a viable arts center. Our participating artists come from a broad spectrum of disciplines: architecture, dance, drama, film, journalism, music, poetry/creative writing, sculpture, theatre and visual arts. While Christian in our foundation and mission, we do not align ourselves with any single Christian denomination. www.washingtonartsgroup.org (E)