Carey’s Arts Ministry Program is called “Innovate” and is designed to integrate the theory and practise of various art forms to express the Christian faith. Students will explore art through the creative lenses of
Art and Worship,
Art and the Community, and
Art and Spiritual Formation
—- all in relationship to God, self and others.
Targeting those in the local church, this 2-year program requires two intensive summer sessions, six workshops during the course of the program, online sharing groups for reflection, and a final project of the student’s choice. There are no prerequisites for this program and each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion when the requirements are met.
Summer intensives will take place at Carey periodically. The next one being offered will be August 8-11, 2016 with Dr. Samuel Ho. Art workshops will also be offered at Carey on Saturdays from 9:00-3:00 as part of our regular seminar offerings and the cost will vary. For information on upcoming seminars, go to carey-edu.ca/events.
Art & Worship
The integration of Art and our worship life is an essential factor in the Spirit’s work of forming us in the image of Christ. As we engage intentionally with the text using art, it enables a congregation to see its mission in a radically new light and to be invited towards living out that Gospel in a renewed and embodied way. Art can be used as a catalyst for creativity in the local church and comes in the form of written liturgy, dance, media arts, seasonal visual art displays and much more.
Art & Community
Whenever God encounters us (a.k.a. revelation, through Word, Spirit, other people, creation etc.), that encounter effects transformation in us and invites a response. As a worshipping community of Christ-followers, we are invited to “practice” the Kingdom realities to which we are called which includes engaging in the communities in which we live, work and play. How might we celebrate art outside the walls of our church, within our vibrant communities and in our world? What are some practical steps we can take to build relationships with our neighbours, local businesses and artists to celebrate the gift of art in our workplaces, schools and homes?
Art & Spiritual Formation
Art is the language of the soul and gives voice to our thoughts and emotions. The use of art in connection with spiritual formation allows us to express the mystery of our relationship with God and His world in a tactile format that can then also shape others’ understanding of God and self. Expressing art through the church seasons connects us to The Great Story of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection and gives us the opportunity to live it out in a fresh way. As we consider artistic expression of our faith, we are shaped and formed by that truth which, in turn, deepens our faith and understanding of who we are in relation to who God is.