Faith Hoyt, with Rich DuBose
The Pacific Union Department of Church Support Services will launch an initiative called Adventist Society for the Arts (ASA) in January.
ASA is a virtual and real community of Seventh-day Adventist members gifted in and passionate about the creative arts who wish to share their ideas and creations in a collaborative way. Songwriting, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, poetry, and videography are a few of the talents that can convey God’s stories of hope and healing to churches and surrounding communities.
“With today’s media, we have incredible opportunities to impact our culture with good news about what lies ahead for those who wish to embrace God and the ethos of heaven,” shared Rich DuBose, director for Church Support Services.
Combined with the aim to bring hope and healing to communities through the arts is the goal of creating opportunities for Christian artists.
Donald Towns, a contemporary American fine arts painter and former Disney animator based in Tehachapi, Calif., is part of the Adventist Society for the Arts organizing committee. He sees ASA as a valuable outlet for Adventist artists to showcase their creations.
“I’m a member of the California Art Club, which I enjoy when I can, but I don’t get to participate as often as I like because many events are on Friday nights or Saturdays, Sabbath hours,” Towns said. “This is true for most art-related events in our field.” Describing Adventist Society for the Arts, Towns shared, “Our common bond of Christianity, moral outlooks, and lifestyles can be enjoyed alongside our artistic expressions and presented for all to be inspired with beauty and thought.”
In the future, artists collaborating with ASA can anticipate presenting their art at shows, attending or speaking at lectures, workshops, and “paint outs.” The Adventist Society for the Arts will operate inSpire, an annual gathering for Adventist creatives that started approximately six years ago.
“Going forward, inSpire will relate specifically to any live events or contests we sponsor. The rest of our discussion regarding the arts falls under the ASA umbrella,” DuBose said.
ASA is for church members living in the Pacific Union Conference and throughout North America. To learn more, visit: adventistsocietyforthearts.org.