Artist retreat, felt need

One of the things I haven’t been able to accurately gauge with respect to the arts and faith retreat idea is the presence of real felt need among artists of faith for this kind of resource.

As I’ve continued to write about the idea this year I’ve heard from more and more people affirming the idea. Last week I received another email from someone saying

    So, I’ve seen some questions/ideas of starting a Christian art commune on the site, and I’m wondering if that is going to happen. I’m looking for one to live at this summer, desperate for one really. Know of any?

I thought of asking the Urbana09 organizers for their list of people who signed up in the Arts Lounge to receive newsletters with the intention of sending them a brief survey. I’m not sure how much they’ll like that idea, but it’s what I’ve got at this point.

The wife and I plan to begin some more serious discussion about the idea in the near future, working out some of the details and continuing to determine feasibility.


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

3 Responses to Artist retreat, felt need

  1. Julie says:

    I keep thinking about this… interested? Maybe. Curious? Definitely. What’s different about being a Christian artist, after all?

  2. Matt Tommey says:

    Hey Paul, check out what we’re doing with artist retreats, creative communities, etc… maybe there’s a connection 🙂

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