As part of our Ash Wednesday experience, my church hosted an art contest. I had a ton of fun taking point as curator and organizer of the contest.
The 60 works of art that were entered came from 24 local artists. Some attend our Sunday services on a regular basis, many do not. With both church members and artists having a message for the local community, this event was an effort towards teamwork in getting the word out.
For the church members, the night afforded them the opportunity to reflect on Jesus and their local community, with their local community.
For the artists, over a hundred people turning out is an uncharacteristic honor for an opening reception.
I believe this the start of a great dialog and partnership for the months to come.
Special thanks to Matthew Hopkins and David Brown for judging, Allison Swanson for curating, and Mike Hemberger for the event photos.