Rochester Arts in Mission

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New Roots has been on a hunt for artists – to fill our atrist in residence slot. Starting in July 2018 – we have a full programme that will take us to the end of the year. In our hunt for artists – we have come across some great sites that profile art in its different forms.

Here’s one that we reckon you may love: Rochester Arts in Mission.
This project is based in Kent (which just happens to be where our July 2018 Artist in Residence Valerie Dean is based.
Rochester Arts in Mission says of itself:

“This web magazine is designed to encourage the creative arts in telling God’s story.  We want to showcase the creativity that is already expressed in Rochester Diocese and further afield and to enable communities everywhere to connect with their creative side.  We hope to stimulate thought, to inspire projects, and to pass on practical ideas that can be used and adapted in each place, in the local church and outside its walls.

This isn’t about art for art’s sake.  It begins with a love story expressed in a million different ways.  We want to translate and transmit that story in word, in picture, in form, through movement and sound and in any way that will enable God to be seen and heard.  It also becomes our offering in the relationship.

Telling God’s story requires us to talk and to listen.  We want a conversation with others and to seek the divine together.   Being in partnership with him, we get the opportunity to be co-creators of his story in our communities.  We are given the privilege of drawing others into the celebration of beauty, truth and wonder and learning from them to see how God is reflected in their eyes.  Community engagement is a central part of this understanding so that the gifts of God are shared.”

The site has a huge mix of resources, ideas and stories drawing together a whole mix of meduums – music, pottery, video, textiles, drama- and a whole lot more.  We think this sort of thing is fab – and is a sign of hope for the church . Well done Arts in Mission we love ya!

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