The Create Commission 2017-11-10T08:01:16+00:00

THE CREATE COMMISSION

“Art comes at truth from an oblique angle. The best art helps us see things as if we had never seen them before.”
– Steve Turner, Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts

The Issue

Art is powerful. It has a unique influence on culture and society. It can shape our ideas in ways that no other medium can, because it moves past our usual defenses and challenges our assumptions. However, Christians in many nations struggle to have a significant impact in the art world. Artists who are Christians tend to separate themselves from the art community, unsure how to fit in. Few artists fully understand how their art can truly impact society. As a result the art community in India is one of the most under-reached affinity groups and misses the opportunity to speak into society on behalf of the vulnerable.

The Create Commission is a ministry to and through artists. We seek to help artists use their work to speak about God’s heart for the vulnerable. Our mission is to disciple artists so that they, in turn, can shape culture with truth.

THE PROGRAM

ARTIST RESIDENCY

During residencies in India, we bring together artists from various nations to engage with issues that affect society. They spend time with marginalized people—such as destitute men, children in slums, vulnerable women, and TB patients. The artists then reflect together on God’s truth related to the issue and create art around that theme. This art is shared through exhibitions and short YouTube films.

Artist Residency
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE ARTS

We run short residencies for Christian artist and art students, to help them better understand how their faith and art are integrated and to inspire a vision for how they can impact the artist community and how art can create and care for culture.

Leadership Development in the Arts
Artist Residency
Leadership Development in the Arts
Artist Residency
ARTIST RESIDENCY

During residencies in India, we bring together artists from various nations to engage with issues that affect society. They spend time with marginalized people—such as destitute men, children in slums, vulnerable women, and TB patients. The artists then reflect together on God’s truth related to the issue and create art around that theme. This art is shared through exhibitions and short YouTube films.

Equipping Christian Artists
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE ARTS

We run short residencies for Christian artist and art students, to help them better understand how their faith and art are integrated and to inspire a vision for how they can impact the artist community and how art can create and care for culture.

PLEASE PRAY

  • Please pray that the heart of the Father would be revealed in the team’s interactions with the artist community, both one-on-one and through the residencies.

  • The international artist residency is in November. The focus is to understand what gives people value and dignity. The artists will reflect on questions like, “Where does our identity come from?” and “Do people who have gone through severe trauma lose their identity and dignity?” Pray for an effective time together of sharing and understanding who we are.

  • Pray for the discipleship residency coming up in February 2018, which will be open for Christ-following professional artists. Please pray for the planning, preparations, and execution.

  • Please pray for the influence of the arts in New Delhi and for a growing patronage. Pray for the opportunity to allow art to speak and disciple on various different topics.

  • Pray for additional skilled staff who can help to carry the program forward.

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