Art Biz
A beacon of hope and courage
on the corner of Beacon and Centre.

Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.

Letter from Pope John Paul II To Artists (1999)


Our lives are works of art. The "successful" life is a beautiful life. It's why we love films, music, poetry and dance. Great artists can make those who not see themselves as "artist[s] in the specific sense of the term" understand that they, too, are co-creators. They are co-creators simply by visiting a gallery, attending a performance, and cheering on a child who takes the stage for the first time.

Co-creators.

It's a Biblical concept. We are co-creators along with God. We are created in the image of the Creator and we are most like God when we create together.

This is all serious business, however, it is not without joy. Even the most serious "art" elicits joy, hope, and courage. Even the most serious art started in the heart of a child who carved out a safe place to imagine, to dream, and to make.

Out Open (and Affirming) Open Mic on Sunday night will be serious - serious about joy, and hope and courage. People you know and love are stepping up to the mic (pun intended), putting themselves out there, and we will celebrate them.

Thank you Antonio, Luca, Deborah, Nina and Manny for stepping up to the mic on Sunday.

How about you? Bring something to read (a poem or inspiring quote), a story to share, a song to play or sing, a photo or painting to hang up. Let us celebrate your work, your joy, your courage, your perpective. Let us co-create with you.

Co-creating with you,  Sean

 

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Fall Calendar online!

There's a lot to keep track of this fall with wonderful opportunities to gather, grow and give.

Check out this list online and share it with your friends.
 

Sun Sept 23 Open (& Affirming) Mic Night!

A special kind of open mic: an Open (and Affirming) Mic night.

A space for people across age range and ability to come and celebrate a gift they have or want to explore. Although there may be some of that, you don't need to be an "expert" or be on Broadway to come up to the mic. Sing a song, play an instrument, tell a story, perform an act, speak about your art. Anything you are passionate about.

We will affirm and celebrate all ages and abilities. 10 people. 4-5 minutes each.

Read more here: http://www.fbcnewton.org/blog/open-and-affirming-mic-nights

Interested in signing up or displaying your art? Email john[at]fbcnewton.org

Sat Oct 6 Apple Picking in Natick

Join us in Natick at Lookout Farm for a day of apple picking and other activities.  The church will cover the cost of entrance, and families can pay for what they pick.
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