Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Christians and the Visual Arts | Discuss


Christians in the Visual Arts exists to explore and nurture the relationship between the VISUAL ARTS and the CHRISTIAN FAITH. Founded in 1979, CIVA first met to consider the place of the Christian artist in the church and in the world-at-large. The success of this initial gathering led CIVA to establish a vision for activities which are now making an impact in a variety of ways.

It is our purpose to encourage Christians in the visual arts to develop their particular callings to the highest professional level possible; to learn how to deal with specific problems in the field without compromising our faith and our standard of artistic endeavor; to provide opportunities for sharing work and ideas; to foster intelligent understanding, a spirit of trust, and a cooperative relationship between those in the arts, the church, and society; and ultimately, to establish a Christian presence within the secular art world.

Visit CIVA here

As a Christian myself and as an 'artist' ( as well as photography I have always enjoyed sketching and other art forms), this is an important issue for me - Christians and the arts. So often, Christians and the Church have an ambivalent attitude towards the arts and in the extreme, are dead set against the arts in general.

Amazing to think that some of the greatest art in the Western world (Book of Kells anyone?) was created by Christians!

Hopefully, this site and others like it will help dispel any myths and correct any misunderstandings. Visit the site and make up your own mind.

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