We've all been formed in our Catholic Christian identity, which informs our daily life, including our art. But we also need to be practical, to sustain ourselves, so that we create our art for the glory of God. To be Catholic Artists, we need to work both in the world, as well as remain in the heart of the Church. How do we navigate both?
We want to break down the isolation that so many Catholics and Artists feel, especially when they first move to the city. We want to provide a way to build friendships, and to help artists meet Christ and grow their relationship with Him through silence, through prayer, and through fellowship. To have a space apart where Catholic Artists can stay with Christ and contemplate Him and then bring that relationship into their art. Help artists find a contemplative heart of Christ, which can give life and beauty and power to their work. Because all art flows from the Heart of God.
To positively change the culture's perception of Catholic Art. There is an extra pressure as Catholics to be perfect with our art. How to navigate moral grey areas as an artist. Being a Catholic in a very hostile, secular culture, Catholic Artists have the opportunity to plant seeds among our collaborators. But to do that, we need support.
To help artists understand their vocation as how God is calling them to be His instrument in the world, whether it's small or great, in the mainstream culture or in the sacred arts or in a small, grassroots artistic movement. To help both artists and patrons understand that evangelization works not only through sharing our work, but also and more importantly through the witness of our daily lives, in how we relate to our colleagues, audience, neighbors, family, and friends. To help artists understand how their vocation fits into the overall Body of Christ and mission of the Church to go and make disciples of all nations.
We are committed to serving Catholics of all disciplines and spiritual approaches and states of life.
We are a "people first" business model, which means that we hold the dignity and rights of the human person higher than the structures that support them.
We are committed to supporting existing and emerging Catholic Artists and Catholic Arts Organizations, rather than superseding or competing with them, since we believe that cooperation is essential, as we are all part of the Body of Christ.
We believe that Art is worthwhile in and of itself, whether God uses it in ways we can quantify or not. Therefore, we support the creative endeavors of our membership, whether overtly or covertly glorifying God.
Supporting and connecting Catholic artists in the greater NYC area