How do you do Art as Mission? We have an art gallery.

We want to have conversations about Art as Mission.

In May of 2012, Hillside Missions, in collaboration with World Horizons USA opened the Edit: art gallery as an “Art as Mission” ministry. We’re a community focused on the world’s need for Christ. Art is an important part of community and worship. Right?

The purpose of the Edit: gallery is:

1. To connect art, artists and lovers of art to mission.

2. To pioneer reproducible expressions of art as mission.

We talk about “Mission” as inviting people to follow Jesus in places where he is not yet known. 
Art as mission creates a space to invite those people to follow Jesus through and around the production and exhibition of art. 
Here’s what it looks like so far:

1. We rented an art gallery in the Gallery District of Richmond, VA as the headquarters  for our mission ministry. How many people get to say that their office is in an art gallery? We’re cool like that.

2. On the first Friday of every month, there is a popular “First Friday Art Walk” event in our neighborhood. During that event, we feature a new Christian artist who is producing art as worship or ministry. In this way, we are participating in the art community in Richmond, VA.

3. We hang a large poster of a statement from the featured artist.

4. We “advertise” with a sandwich-board sign on the sidewalk and keep the gallery open Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM.

Will you help me to make this a conversation? What do you think? What should “Art as Mission” look like?