Die Kunst flüstert Dir zu: Du bist nicht allein!

Habe im relevant magazine heute einen kurzen Grundsatzartikel zum Thema dieses Blogs gefunden: „Why art should matter to christians“ von Melissa Kircher.

Darin kommt sie zunächst darauf zu sprechen, wie eine Welt ohne Kunst, also ohne Poesie, Tanz, Musik, Comedy, Film, Architektur, etc. wohl aussähe – nämlich fad, öd und leer. Sie sieht Kunst als Ausdruck der Ewigkeit und der Wahrheit. Sie kann uns daran erinnern, dass wir in all dem Schmerz, der Ungerechtigkeit und Bitterkeit, die wir empfinden mögen, nicht allein sind.

Imagine a world without poetry, dance, song, comedy, film, architecture, painting, stories, symphonies, theater or sculpture. Such a world would be bland. Art brings vibrance and beauty to our lives. Creativity is both a fully human and fully divine experience. It is an acknowledgement that something eternal and full of truth lies behind the temporal world in which we live. It focuses our eyes on the pain around us, the injustice in front of us, the joy abounding within us, and the pull we feel towards meaning and significance. Music moves us. Poetry connects us. Paintings shout at us. Dance energizes us. Art draws us back into the fold of humanity when we wander out full of pain, discouragement, and bitterness. It whispers, “You are not alone.”

Dann ruft sie dazu auf, selbst kreativ, also künstlerisch tätig zu werden, in welcher Form auch immer: Möbel restaurieren, kochen, eine Mathegleichung lösen – oder was immer uns sonst begeistern mag. Ebenso kann man Kunst und Künstler vor Ort unterstützen, indem man Aufführungen und Ausstellungen besucht oder an Wettbewerben teilnimmt:

We all enjoy creative expression in some shape or form. Find out what this means to you and carve out time to do it. Creativity can mean refinishing furniture, sculpting a bush, trying a new recipe, even working passionately at science or math. Support art within your community by buying tickets to the ballet or symphony, checking out a local art show, entering a writing contest, painting a mural, starting a band, singing at church, drawing on the sidewalk, organizing community dance lessons […].

Der meiner Meinung nach wichtigste Teil des Artikels beschäftigt sich damit, wie die christliche Gemeinde sich in Sachen Kunst & Kultur engagieren sollte. Es kann nicht angehen, dass Kunst in Gemeinden nur lieb und nett sein darf. So wird sie niemals die ganze Bandbreite des menschlichen Daseins widerspiegeln und letztlich wirkungs- und bedeutungslos sein.

Gemeinden könnten den Dichtern, Komponisten, Malern und sonstigen Künstlern in ihren Reihen mehr Raum geben – im Gottesdienst, aber auch in Ausstellungen in den Räumen der Gemeinde, Literaturwettbewerben, Konzerten, und so weiter.

The Christian church needs to realize they are losing artists as well. […] So how can churches re-incorporate artists when many of them feel that in order to have their art welcomed in church, it needs to look all cute and flannel-graphy? Christian churches seem to censor so much, but forget that historical Christian art displayed naked people, bloody scenes, and crosses. Congregations could be much more welcoming by actually allowing creative artwork to be displayed.

Congregations could invite artist participation by inviting musicians to write songs that tie in with sermons or painters/designers to create original power point slides for a service. They could sponsor a poetry jam, battle of the bands, writing contests, host a community art show, or start an artist’s small group. Church members could donate a studio, gallery space, photography equipment, recording time, or publishing contacts.

Creating a church environment where the arts are more appreciated and funded is part of honoring the God-given gift of creativity that lives inside us all.

Kreativität ist eine Gabe – ich nutze sie zu selten, finde ich…

Fundstück: Darum geht's!

„If our art isn’t relevant to the entirety of our experience, the fullness of our lives—good, bad, scared, profane—then it cannot be relevant to the people around us. It will not be relevant to our culture. We need this art, need it desperately.

In expressing our creativity, this piece of us that is also a piece of the character of God, we share in His nature. And that can only draw us closer to the One in whom our hope remains.“

(Dawn Xiana Moon, relevantmagazine.com)