The church and artists: A roundtable discussion

Jon McIntosh of Rethink Mission posted commentary from a roundtable discussion a few months ago (which I just came across today thanks to Melynda’s Passion). Four people representing four churches-slash-galleries answer four questions over the course of two entries, parts one and two.

Joanna Taft with Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis
Michael Winters with The 930 Art Center in Louisville
James McAnally with The Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis
Grace Hwang with Salt Art Space in New York

The participants talk about their respective organization’s mission and strategy. The ideas vary somewhat in relationship to their different contexts. It’s a good read for anyone involved in the arts and the church.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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