Connecting the Arts (CTA) is a program in the works from You Connection, to bring support, provide connection, and raise awareness of the arts as a vital and viable method of ministering the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to culture and the world around us.
The creative arts is one of the most influential mediums in the Western world, yet it has largely been dismissed or ignored by the church and the Christian community as a viable form of ministry, seldom considered (if ever) to be comparable to the work of a pastor, missionary, evangelist, etc. And yet, American culture is hugely influenced by arts, entertainment, media, celebrities, movies, television, web, and so on!
The arts has always been a "voice of its time", reflecting the norms, ideas, and idiosyncrasies of its current culture. Like an evangelist, it has the power to encourage and reinforce truth; yet the body of Christ has largely been content to allow the secular community to have full control over the arts, and the result is that the world of the arts is mostly filled with ungodly and unbiblical attitudes about God and life.
CTA will be designed to:
~ connect and unify Christian artists and arts groups
~ raise awareness of the arts as a vital and viable method of ministering the Gospel
~ provide financial support to Christian arts groups that are using the arts to minister, edify, exhort, train, or equip others according to the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we not only want to minister the kingdom of God through our own venues, but we want to show support to others who are braving this largely unreached sector of society. Check back soon for more details as this program develops!