vol. 13, num. 5 :: 2014.03.07 — 2014.03.20
It’s a common story: a student graduates from college with a degree in the arts and quickly realizes how difficult it is to carve out time and money to continue making art. In fact, this challenge is common for artists of all ages, in all media. On the challenges and strategies related to cultivating a creative life.
High school creative writing students respond to the catapult prompt.
The artfulness of community development in a small, rural city.
Debunking the creative “haves” and “have-nots” from an early age.
Making art as a practice for creating a new family.
Experiencing, and making room for others to experience, the Holy in making art.
On the perfectly impractical art of writing poetry.
The journey toward words as a chosen medium.
Pondering the predictability of artistic inspiration.
A family tradition of "making things" leads to a very rewarding waste of time.
An art director and illustrator speaks to fellow artists from experience.
Krista Barré on how pre-schoolers taught her the value of play and creativity.
A project by Lizzie Wysong and Elisabeth Wenger to spin fairy tales by the light of the new moon.
To paint a picture or to write a story or to compose a song is an incarnational activity. The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birthgiver. In a very real sense the artist (male or female) should be like Mary who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command. Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
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