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.
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