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What is arts entrepreneurship? And why do artists in the church need it?

The field of arts entrepreneurship is exploding right now, as a response to changes in technology and the arts economy in the last twenty years, and particularly in the last five years. We now live in a “do it yourself” world, where artists have many more tools at their disposal with which to advance their careers. At the same time, the traditional economic models for arts careers are drying up and changing. Chicken or egg? It’s hard to say. But the fact is that artists now have to take matters into their own hands if they want their creative work to get seen/heard/experienced, whether or not they’re seeking to earn a full-time living at it.

As artists of faith, we have access to supernatural power for our lives. Yet, at the same time, we live within “the law of gravity.” In nearly 20 years of working with artists in the church, I have yet to see anyone entirely levitate over the challenges and processes that are ingrained in way the arts work “in the world.” And, if our godly calling is to serve and renew those systems, it can only happen if we’re present within those systems.

So, two of the issues we’ll be looking at in the workshop, ““The Path Between: Entrepreneurship for Artists of the Church,” are:

  • The arts economy today, and how artists are responding to it
  • The artist of faith, and how we can serve the world
  • The meaning of entrepreneurship, and how we can embrace it to advance our creative work

 

I’m looking forward to sharing this information, and this time, with you!

Luann Jennings – Workshop Facilitator, Church & Art Network

 

Atlanta Arts Network is proud to offer an Artist Workshop on March 15-16.

Workshop Signup and more info can be found here!

[More topic previews to come, watch this space…]

 

Networking beyond Atlanta

I have the privilege of meeting some great folks who care about the arts.  I wanted to share about two people and ministries that care about many of the same things as Atlanta Arts Network.

It is fun to see how God seems to connect people.  I had an hour long conversation with John Robertson, just tonight. John heard about Atlanta Arts Network through Luanne Jennings.  John is developing an Arts Network in Houston and was curious as to how we are developing the Atlanta Arts Network.  I had a great time talking and listening to John.  It is always great to hear about how different people in cities and communities are learning to connect their faith and creativity.  It is also great to see how God uses people to meet a need.  Luanne has been a great encouragement to me and other arts leaders.  By connecting together, arts leaders are able to learn about how to best develop our organizations to serve our people and community. Luanne has been working to make this possible through Church and Art Network.

Here is more information about Luanne and John.

Luanne Jennings of the Church & Art Network 

Church and Art Network was started by Luann Purcell Jennings in 2010. Luann has led arts ministries in two churches (Intown Community Church, Atlanta, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC) and served as an administrator and regional board member for Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA), while also working professionally as a theatre director and arts administrator/educator.

Church and Art Network (C&A) is a gathering of arts leaders who are extending our capacity to serve God and our communities, through our creative work, by sharing resources, makingconnections, and advocating together for the importance of our work to the church and the world.

You should check them out at http://churchandart.org and sign up from their newsletter

John Robertson – http://imagohouston.org

What is IMAGO?
“IMAGO” is taken from Genesis 1, where God created mankind in His image (Imago). He is the ultimate Artist, and we believe we imitate our Creator whenever we create art from God-given talents and perspectives. Our desire is to provide a welcoming community for Christian artists and art lovers to explore the intersection of life, the Arts, and faith. Our ultimate goal is transformed artists creating transformed Art to transform culture.

If you are interested in learning more about Atlanta Arts and how we can help you develop Arts groups at your church or organization reach us at our contact page.  Take some time to read the great content and look over our website as well as visit some of the other groups represented here.  Also visit Church & Art Network and Imago Houston to see what they are doing as well.

Who knows you might  meet some like minded artists and leaders who encourage you in your calling!