Artists In Community: Something Beautiful Is Happening!
Many believers have either ignored the arts as subjective, ungodly, transgressive or have restricted their scope to church, religious or liturgical forms and separate from the cultural mainstream. The result is art and artists are excluded Spiritual Influencers. We will draw out and build together fertile insights on the influence of the creative arts in Gospel Movements. We will take opportunities in small groups to work towards the design of redemptive initiatives in our cities through various artistic expressions. Finally, we will explore how art and the artists are unveiling the beauty and power of the Gospel.
We are envisioning a vibrant network of art-makers across the U.S. who collaborate in flavoring our culture with the grace and justice of the Kingdom, by a prophetic immersion in their own local contexts. We are equipping men and women art-makers who live out the call of the Kingdom in the mainstream of culture as “prophets and poets” of the day. We are identifying, recruiting and nurturing a community of art-makers and art-lovers whose grand passion is the Gospel and for whom “the field is the world”. We’re seeking people who flourish and attract others to Jesus and His Kingdom through the expressive power of their art and lives.
This Track is for:
- Explore a biblical worldview that embraces the significance of the arts empowering us with the confidence to bring healing to a broken world.
- Engage in dialogue that leaves us eager to pursue and live out goodness, truth and beauty… locally and collaboratively.
- Decide on some practical steps towards realizing our vision and expanding the circle of those who bring the transformative excellencies of our God through art into our social and professional networks.
|Gary Bradley, National Leader, Via Affirmativa and The Navigators, Cary, NC |
Gary Bradley serves as the pioneering leader on the Navigator US Field Leadership Team. In 2004 he launched a movement known as Via Affirmativa whose goal is to create an international network of art makers whose desire is to "rehumanize their world through the making of art." In 2012 Gary formed a community of artists in North Carolina and opened the Waverly Artists Group (WAG) as a gallery and studio and serves as artistic director and managing partner. He has lectured to many audiences on art and society and has helped launch numerous local art communities throughout the US. Gary is a practicing Watercolor and Oil artist whose first passion is to paint out doors on location (plein air). In 2004 Gary was awarded “second place in show” at the North Carolina State Fair Fine arts competition. He has been shown in numerous juried shows in North Carolina, Kansas, Texas and New York. He has a wide interest in painting subjects and has completed numerous commissions. His work is held by many private collectors and corporations.
|Dr. Kyle Gregory, National Leader of Via Affirmativa, Colorado Springs, CO |
Dr. Kyle Gregory is involved in co-leading the international arts movement, Via Affirmativa. He frequently travels as a solo artist and educator, having performed and taught in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa, Australia and New Zeland. In past years Kyle performed with numerous internationally-known jazz and commercial artists, including Paul Motian, Bob Mintzer, JJ Johnson, Dianne Reeves, Liza Minelli, The Temptations, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Mingus Dynasty. Dr. Gregory has recorded more than 40 albums with various artists and independent labels, including WORLD DOWNSIDE UP, a suite of original compositions inspired by the Beatitudes, which was recorded with Paolo Birro, Salvatore Maiore, Roberto Dani and Aya Shimura. In the Spring of 2013 his new project, TONGUES OF FIRE, will be released. Kyle studied at Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Northern Colorado, completing his doctorate in 1995. In 1992 Dr. Gregory received the prestigious Fulbright Grant for a year of pedagogical research into new methods of teaching improvisation in Hungary. From 1992 to 1997 Kyle was a professor of classical trumpet and jazz at Bradley University in Illinois.
|Laurel Justice, National Leader, Via Affirmativa, Colorado Springs, CO |
Laurel Justice is an artist, dancer, writer, retreat and workshop facilitator, arts advocate, consultant and psychotherapist living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As commissioner and co-chair of the Public Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region, she serves the community’s public art program in the care, maintenance, advising and acquisition of 2D and 3D art belonging to the city of Colorado Springs. She, along with the Commission, will host the 2013 summer Colorado Art in Public Places gathering which will consist of art administrators from all over the state who gather to share ideas, support, and experience in the public art arena. As a practicing artist, her favorite fine art medium to work in at the moment is pastels and enjoys weekly figure drawing, as well as plein air outings with fellow painters.
|Bruce Kuhn, Actor, Instructor, New York, NY |
Bruce Kuhn has performed on Broadway (Les Miserables) and in repertory theatre (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). He now tours his one man shows The Gospel of Luke (in KJV), Acts (in The Message), Tales of Tolstoy, and Cotton Patch Gospel to universities and churches across North America and Europe. His new show, Het Evangelie van Marcus (The Gospel of Mark), is growing in demand delighting and challenging Dutch-speaking students and churches throughout Holland. Bruce has shared the platform with Michael Green and Franklin Graham, appeared at Urbana Missions Conferences (’93, ’97 and ’00), and has taught storytelling in nine countries and for several seminaries (including Oxford University).
|Steven M. Caballero, Chief Executive Officer, Excel4Life Music, Miami, FL
Steve Max is currently on staff at Calvary Fellowship in Miami, Fl and is C.E.O. of Excel 4 Life Music. Steve is frequently traveling internationally as a speaker and inspirational Hip-Hop artist. Outside of work, he studies Christian Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also is affiliated as a Ministry Partner with the Navigators Missionary Ministry.
| ||Donald McGilchrist, International Consultant, The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO |
Donald spent ten years in the tobacco and transportation industries in the UK and then moved to Colorado Springs in 1976 to become an International VP for The Navigators. In this capacity, he specialized in cross-cultural studies, communications and international strategy. As their senior consultant, his current interests include Via Affirmativa (artists), Global Commerce Network (business leaders) and Orthonet (Eastern Orthodox churches). He has authored several studies on the cultural and biblical significance of commerce and enterprise, with a focus on our daily work in the world.
|Mackenzie Rollins, Co-owner, RollinsCole, New York, NY |
Mackenzie Rollins studied Documentary Photography and Political Science in college and upon graduation, moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia to photograph and write stories for NGO’s. She lived in the Balkans for a year before moving on to do similar work in Morocco, Spain, India, southern Mexico and Seattle. Mackenzie currently co-owns RollinsCole, a wedding photography company based out of NY and Austin. She also is a street photographer in New York, where she sells museum-style large-scale prints to private clients, hotels and restaurants.
TRACK DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS:
|Mackenzie Rollins ||Owner of Rollins Cole |
|Donald McGilchrist ||Senior Advisor and Author for U.S. and iNter |
|Dr. Kyle Gregory ||Co-Director of Via Affirmativa |
|Laurel Justice ||Artist, Psychotherapist, Public Art Administrator, Dreamer |